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Iowa Supreme Court: Go ahead, live-tweet us

by Ryan Koopmans | October 28, 2013

By Ryan Koopmans

Today, the Iowa Supreme Court proposed new rules that would allow “news media” to live-tweet and blog oral arguments and other judicial proceedings.

I’m happy to report that “news media” includes the good folks here at On Brief and any other “person who regularly gathers, prepares, photographs, records, writes, edits, reports, or publishes news or information about matters of public interest in any medium, and who successfully applied to participate in expanded news media coverage and agreed to comply with all court rules.” SCOTUSblogeat your heart out.

Live-tweeting isn’t entirely new for the Iowa Supreme Court.  Last February, the justices allowed former Des Moines Register reporter Jeff Eckhoff to give his play-by-play of an oral argument about class actions and bed bug infestations.  Fittingly, Eckhoff started the night with this:

Of course, it’s been technically possible to live-tweet the Iowa Supreme Court’s arguments for some time, since they’re streamed on the Judicial Branch website.  But it’s more fun to be in the courtroom.  And the new rules go beyond Supreme Court arguments.

You can follow this blog (and our future live-tweeting sessions) at @nyemaster and @RyanGKoopmans.

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