The News sports desk reached out to the Fratton Faithful in an innovative way today in an attempt to broaden our coverage of Pompey.
Blues fans have been kept well-informed of events at PO4 down the years through our vast coverage in the paper, portsmouth.co.uk and even through our reporters’ informative Twitter accounts.
But the sports team added another string to their already-extensive Blues bow by launching a live video web feed which enabled supporters to interact with Pompey reporters Neil Allen and Jordan Cross and quiz them on the latest goings on at Fratton Park.
Being a new project, there were teething problems, with the duo and host, Head of Sport Mark McMahon, experiencing difficulties in having their viewpoints heard due to sound problems.
But the trio prevailed to provide a quality service which they hope will grow through experience.
‘The sound issue was disappointing but it is something we are determined to get right in the future – and it should not distract from the effort we as a team are making to improve The News’ Pompey coverage ,’ said McMahon.
‘The concept of the Hangout is brilliant as it allows fans to fully interact with the sports desk and gather their thoughts on the burning issues at Fratton Park.
‘From our debut Hangout with supporters, a whole range of subjects were discussed, varying from Paul Cook’s appointment as manager, players he might look to bring into his squad, players he might want rid of, his backroom staff, and even improvements needed at Fratton Park.
‘And the agenda was determined by the fans, who flocked to our website to get involved and have their say.’
The News plans to make the Pompey Hangouts a regular feature in coverage of the Blues, with further announcements of the next live event to be published in the paper and at portsmouth.co.uk in the coming weeks.
To get involved, simply use the hashtag #pompeyhangout.