Post 9: Live Blog or Photo Event

Due Sunday Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. (Worth 50 points)

Find an event related to your beat that you can cover in person. Then cover it with either a live blog or an in-depth photo essay.

Option 1: Live blogging

Cover an event, in person, in real time. Write a preview post ahead of time to tell your readers what, when you’ll be doing it, and how to follow along.

Select technology and an approach that fits the event. You can use a mobile phone. You can use a laptop. You can do it as single blog post that you update with your own time stamps. You can use Twitter and a create a hashtag for the event. You can use CoveritLive, a free, web-based live blogging tool and embed it into your blog. Just make sure it is clear to your reader what you are doing and that you c

Cover the event as it happens. Make sure you create a permanent archive of your live coverage that can be accessed after the event.

Option 2: Photo Essay

Cover an event using photos. Promote your coverage ahead of time on your blog. Attend the event and shoot at least 100 photos. Get full names of people photographed – first and last – and put them in captions. Practice journalistic ethics. Your photographs should show real events, real people, and real places in real-time. Take a variety of images that help tell your story. Get a mix of wide, medium, and close-ups.

Post 10 to 15 photos in a series, gallery, or using the WordPress slide show display feature. If you have a smartphone and are able to, try to post the photos from the event or as soon as possible after the event. Then go back later and add text. Write a few sentences of text to introduce your essay. Make sure we know the basics: who, where, when, and why.

Grading Criteria:

  • Original reporting and effort
  • Appropriate choice of presentation (Events that provide information should be covered in text; events that are visual and active should be covered with photos)
  • Quality of the information presented
  • Clarity of the presentation itself
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