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Host Online Debates, Conversations With Google+ Hangouts

Google Hangout has become a low-budget tool that allows journalists to have some “face time” with their audiences.

In the build up to the 2012 elections, The New York Times held a series of conversations with voters on women’s issues, bipartisanship, switching parties and other popular topics of conversation.

Google Hangouts has also been a key aspect of The Huffington Post’s engagement strategy in their HuffPost Live features, which invite both experts and interested readers into live, online conversations.

Here are some other ideas on how StateImpact reporters could consider to use Google Hangouts:

  • Hold an “ask me anything” session on Google Hangout, with yourself or a local leader or expert.
  • Moderate a Hangout debate on core community issues, and embed the Hangout video on your site to generate more discussions. Continue reading