Live Blogging

Live blogging … is “a blog or a single post on a blog that contains real-time updates that are posted during and in response to a particular event. On a live blog, the blogger posts brief updates that contain observations or opinions that give readers a feel for the atmosphere or response to an event.”

Live blogging is being used to cover almost any event that reporters used to have at least a few hours to report and write about, but now they have to do it on the fly as the event happens. Reporters often have to live blog an event and then write a follow-up story after.

It consists of:
-Real-time coverage
-Short posts
-Time stamp in reverse chronological order
-Text, photos, video, polls, and audience interaction

Examples:
The pros:
-Inquirer’s Chris Melchiorre for live coverage of Council Rock South vs. Neshaminy football game
-Paste Magazine’s live blogging of 2011 Oscars
-Engaget’s live blogging of iPad 2 presentation

A student:
-See Rowan vs. Stockton baseball game

Requirements for the Assignment:
-Select an event that can be covered with live blogging. You must attend this event in person.
-Promote your cyber-event ahead of time on your blog…let me know when you are doing this.
-Write an intro to the event so people know how and where to find the coverage.
-Blog the event in real-time with time stamp in reverse chronological order.
-Write up your text article after the event post.
-Make sure you have a link to the live blog so audience can get back to it.

Tools and Technology:
-Mobile phone or computer and access to the Internet
-A way to post to your blog in real-time like CoveritLive – A free, web-based live blogging tool. Twitter is also good option if you create a hashtag.
-Make sure you have enough battery power!

Tutorials:
-Read JournalismNext p. 132 – 134.
-Read How to Live Blog a Conference
-Read about the different styles of live blogging.
-Do a practice run first.

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