Jean-Claude Juncker, the new President of the European Commission, announced the distribution of portfolios among his new team on 10 September.
Before taking on their positions, the Commissioners have to pass a grilling before the European Parliament’s committees that will pass legislation on their policy domains in the coming five years.
These ‘hearings’ as the sessions are called, are a highlight of the post-elections agenda. The Commission as a whole can be rejected by Parliament if the candidates fail to exhibit enough expertise (or – in some cases – even a basic understanding) of their assigned policy areas.
EurActiv covered many of the hearings live using Storify, a platform for live, multimedia publishing. Readers could track the questions and answers session on the Storify page. Twitter followers were updated regularly by posting slideshows, embedded in tweets, of what was happening.
Here’s what it looks like:
— EurActiv (@EurActiv) October 1, 2014
I personally like this feature: it offers casual Twitter passers-by to get a quick grasp of what is going on. Rather than browsing the whole web for information, they can have a flick through the main bits of news, right there in their Twitter feed.
It also touches upon something we’ve been discussing at EurActiv’s bi-weekly training sessions on multimedia journalism (I named them ‘Friday Hack Sessions’): multiplatform publishing… More on that later!
- EurActiv: Analysis of Marianne Thyssen’s hearing
- Storify: page with live coverage of Thyssen’s hearing