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Reporting events in real time

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  1. Reporting events in real time Live blogging/Tweeting

  2. Liveblogging: What is it? • In-the-moment storytelling tool that allows journalists to cover events as they happen • A way to tell stories in an interactive way • An opportunity to provide frequent updates on a quickly changing story

  3. Liveblogging: Advantages • Immediacy • Traffic • Community engagement • Interactivity

  4. Liveblogging: What’s it good for? • Trials • Sporting events • Public meetings • Conferences/Speeches • Protests, festivals, community events • Awards presentations • Unusual weather – heat wave, cold spell, storm • Disasters – earthquakes, fires, industrial accidents

  5. Liveblogging: Examples President Obama’s 2009 Address to Congress The New York Times New York City Marathon, 2011 The New York Times Hurricane Irene CNN

  6. Liveblogging: Formats • Reverse chronology in a blogging platform like WordPress • Live blogging plug-in for WordPress • CoveritLive (free for light users) • Scribblelive (pay service) • Twitter

  7. Liveblogging: Tips • Do your homework – be knowledgeable about the event you’re covering • Know the schedule – start time, possible interruptions, course of events, end time • Prepare equipment – make sure phone, camera, laptop are fully charged; find electrical outlets; check Internet access • Prewrite whatever you can – introductory and background information • Find links you may want to use ahead of time

  8. Liveblogging: Tips • Tell readers who you are and where you are • Write in short bursts of information • Write in clear, easy-to-understand sentences • Try to engage readers by asking questions, using instant polls • Link to related information (documents, news stories, videos, maps, etc.) • Provide useful information (road closures, how to get help, shelter locations)

  9. Liveblogging: Tips • Consider your tone carefully • Think about your audience and what it wants/needs to know • Verify sources and facts • Present opposing views • Make it a conversation, not a monologue

  10. Liveblogging: Tips • If possible, involve other people – other journalists, including photographers and reporters in other locations, expert sources • Promote liveblog with Twitter and other social media tools

  11. Liveblogging: Livechatting • Invite guests to participate • Give (some) questions to guests in advance • Ask questions to audience members • Try to provoke discussion

  12. Liveblogging: Pitfalls • Accuracy – easy to make factual errors • Easy to spread misinformation • Rough copy • Equipment – hard to write on mobile devices, laptops can be bulky, tablets with keyboards are most efficient • Hard to multitask