For the first time in its history the Winnipeg Free Press provided wall to wall live video coverage of a major event - the 2010 Civic Election.
This was uncharted territory. I mean REALLY uncharted. We knew we have the capabilities to do live video - we've been doing it for almost two years now - but three hours of live coverage from the mayoral incumbent's and challenger's election night parties was an awfully big task to manage and a logistical nightmare.
But with a little elbow grease, a little luck, a few resources and a little cash - we made it happen. Technical difficulties were present - as they are in many TV broadcasts of similar events - but when all was said and done - the Winnipeg Free Press - a traditional newspaper outlet turned multimedia news organization - provided more live video on election night than any other media outlet in the city.
I'm extremely proud of the job of our entire team. This was a huge, risky experiment and it paid off. Over drinks at a local watering hole after all was said and done, a few of us were already talking about how to build upon this success for the 2011 Provincial Election. Stay tuned.
Check out the photos of our behind the scenes election night coverage by photographer / videographer / production assistant / audio operator / graphics technician Mike Deal. Yes, he did all those things. My, how the media has changed.
We welcome your feedback as well. I'll respond to any and all comments or questions about our live video coverage on election night.