Live elec­tion fo­rum we­b­cast proves suc­cess­ful

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - O.R. Sheddy The Drumheller Mail

Last Wed­nes­day night’s elec­tion fo­rum, hosted by the Drumheller and District Cham­ber of Com­merce and the lo­cal ATA was a suc­cess with stand­ing room only with some 400 peo­ple at the BCF.

It was also a feat of tech­nol­ogy for res­i­dents at home who were able to take in the en­tire event live.

The Drumheller Mail broad­cast live on the Drumheller Mail’s Face­book page, and was shared among many more pages.

As of last Fri­day, the video has a reach of al­most 9,000 with 3,925 video views and count­ing.

At its peak, there were 85 live view­ers. While many took just a few sec­onds or min­utes to watch the feed, the av­er­age watch time was 1 hour and 27 min­utes.

“Great me­dia web­sites like Face­book al­lows me­dia com­pa­nies like The Drumheller Mail to pro­vide read­ers and view­ers on the spot news when it hap­pens,” said Drumheller Mail web­mas­ter Brian Yan­ish.

View­ers were ap­pre­cia­tive for the op­por­tu­nity to watch the fo­rum live, and to­day can still be clicked on at their own time to watch and re-watch the fo­rum.

“Thank you for stream­ing this. I added 1 more per­son to my list. This is go­ing to be a very in­ter­est­ing elec­tion,” said one viewer.

While an­other, quipped ,“Love tech­nol­ogy ... thanks. Par­ent­ing tonight .”

The com­ment sec­tion pro­vides res­i­dents a chance to con­verse and ex­press their opin­ion.

The stream used multi cam­eras to a sin­gle feed, al­low­ing view­ers up close and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

The ca­pa­bil­i­ties could be ex­panded in years to come. One sug­ges­tion was for live ques­tions from the on­line view­ers to be sub­mit­ted to the or­ga­niz­ers to con­sider.

Watch drumheller­ and its so­cial me­dia for up to date in­for­ma­tion on the elec­tion re­sults on Oc­to­ber 16 after polls close.

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