Live blogging is like a live commentary of and event,over a short space of time like a football match to a long space of time such as the middle east crisis.Often includes tweets,images,quotes,audio clips and pre prepared text. Always time stamped to show whats happening bit by bit.
There are 3 times of live blogging:
From a desk, gathering and filtering through material and commenting,mainly online. Not at the event,just gathering other peoples information who are at the event.
From an event, Journalist will be tweeting,taking pictures,video and audio,interviewing and commenting on things as they actually happen. They will be at the event.
Hybrid form, Where a blog editor publishes information being sent in by reporters who are at the event.
Advantages of live blogging:
Its instantaneous, so its the latest news being produced.
Tells the story as it is happening
Audiences can interact and respond to the live blog and journalists can respond back.
Disadvantages of live blogging:
No ‘Inverted Pyramid’. The story hasn’t finished so you can’t sum up the event in the first paragraph.
Live blogs can become very long if the story doesn’t have a defined timescale.Can be cut up to be done daily of the event if the event isn’t going to end in one day.
Difficult to corroborate information,hard to know that what your reporting is true if it is live.
How to choose an event:
Events with a clear beginning, middle and end, where you know the timescale. A sporting event, a ceremony or scheduled event.
Need to make sure you have the right equipment and it’s all going to work during the event. E.g Checking for wifi in the area, if you will have access to the internet etc.
Research the event; who is going to be there,what time,what place etc.
Plan to speak/interview with people, Follow people on twitter and include their quotes in the live blogging.
Record interviews to back up your quotes,or to include audio in your live blogging.
Gather all the data into one place so its easy to put the live blog together.
Text, typing short 50 words pieces on a smartphone,no wasted words,not too many adjectives.
Video; own video clips or videos from internet.
Audio, own soundclips or other peoples but credit them.
Same with Photographs.
Tweets, other people’s insights into events,start or join a hashtag.
Software and useful websites
Dropbox; can back up data.
Monitter; can be used to search through tweets
Tweetarchivist; can also be used to search through tweets.
Coveritlive; can be used to live blog for audience up to 100 people, then it costs.
Wordfaire; Live blogging
Live blog Workshop http://www.wordfaire.com/openingceremony/
Headline is used for the main part of the story.use the headline to draw the reader in but not to tell the whole story. The strap is used for more general direction for where the headline is going,bit more information about the story.Body copy is usually always the same size,so if you do less words you cannot make the font bigger you just have to write more. Cross head goes in between parts of the story,breaks it up a bit,kind of like chapters to a story.overmatter/undermatter, always have overmatter and trim it down rather than not having enough words. Drop Caps,big capital letters to start a story to show the start of a new article.