Today, C-SPAN’s Facebook page will host streaming video coverage of Wednesday’s special U.S. House session on the Tucson shootings. The livestream will start at 10 AM ET, when the House will consider a resolution on the shootings. The session is also embedded below:
The ability to watch C-SPAN and embed it outside of Facebook is important, given C-SPAN’s role in government and persistent concerns of some in and outside of government about Facebook privacy. “We provide a live stream of all C-SPAN programming through our website’s watch page,” wrote C-SPAN communication director Howard Mortman. “No registration is needed to see the video on our Facebook page. No logging in, no registration, no ads, and it’s free – part of our public service mission.”
This stream is part of the evolution to closer to House 2.0, with the GOP plans for more new media in the “People’s House.” As Mashable reported last week, this is part of C-SPAN’s expanded social media outreach in the 112th Congress.
C-SPAN’s Twitter page now includes an updated list of Congress members who use Twitter in an official capacity, as well as a new list of Congressional reporters who tweet. The network already has a presence on YouTube and will also be adding fact-based tips to Congressional locations on Foursquare. This will include information on the new Congress, historical context and links to video.
C-SPAN is also expanding its online coverage in other areas. The Congressional Chronicle website is set up to provide full video archives for each member of Congress and gives users a chance to look into members’ bios, votes, committee memberships and campaign finances. Those accessing the site can even search timelines of sessions and share videos from floor debates and hearings.