Post 10: Live Blog or Photo Event

Due Sunday April 13 at 10 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 any means you wish – ie Twitter, CoveritLive, WordPress mobile app.

One great option is to create a hashtag for event on Twitter. Use it for all of your Tweets. Then in your WordPress post, use:
>Add Media
>Insert Tweet
>With Hashtag – then put your hashtag in the field
>Insert Tweet

Just make sure it is clear to your reader what you are doing and how they can follow along.

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

Examples from former students:
High school football game (live blog using CoverItLive)
An aerobics class (live tweeting)
A local concert (live tweeting with photos)
A Philadelphia craft and art show (photo event)
A night of Salsa dancing (photo event)

Grading Criteria:

  • Descriptive headline with key words. Five tags. Introductory text provides basic information and context. (Conveys who, what, where, when, why) (5 points)
  • Original reporting and effort. (Did you go somewhere interesting that is related to your beat topic and cover it in real-time?) (15 points)
  • Content of live coverage. (Are live blog entries or photos interesting? Are they informative? Does the viewer learn something? Do they offer a glimpse into an event, place, or people?) (15 points)
  • Overall Presentation. (Is it clear what is happening? Is the audience able to follow along?) (15 points)
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