Liveblogging tips for journalists

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These are tips for a workshop on liveblogging, presented June 9, 2011, at the New Haven Register.

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  • We’ll liveblog the workshop and I will suggest different roles for the participants, an approach they could take in a situation where multiple people would collaborate on a liveblog.
  • Liveblogging tips for journalists

    1. 1. Liveblogging as stories unfold Steve Buttry New Haven Register June 9, 2011 [email_address]
    2. 2. Read more about it <ul><li>stevebuttry.wordpress.com (2009 entry on liveblogging tips; will update soon) </li></ul><ul><li>slideshare.net/stevebuttry </li></ul><ul><li>@stevebuttry </li></ul>
    3. 3. Team liveblog <ul><li>Play-by-play </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Live-tweet (#liveblogtips) </li></ul><ul><li>Find & add links </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Moderate questions, comments </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why to liveblog <ul><li>Immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>News value </li></ul><ul><li>Storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Community engagement, loyalty </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Saving time </li></ul>
    5. 5. Liveblog formats <ul><li>Update (time-stamp, reverse-chron) in blog or story template </li></ul><ul><li>Use CoverItLive </li></ul><ul><li>Use ScribbleLive </li></ul><ul><li>Live-tweet (on Twitter or feeding blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Video stream (w/liveblog) </li></ul><ul><li>Raw, edited or moderated </li></ul>
    6. 6. Tips, techniques <ul><li>Short, frequent takes </li></ul><ul><li>Space isn’t an issue; engagement is </li></ul><ul><li>Liveblog becomes notebook for story </li></ul><ul><li>Consider links, polls, photos, audio, video </li></ul><ul><li>Promote live & replays </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet links to liveblog & replay </li></ul><ul><li>OK to step away for question, video, etc. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Managing liveblog & print story <ul><li>Liveblog is notebook: cut, paste & edit </li></ul><ul><li>Note when you know you’ve written good lead or passage for story </li></ul><ul><li>Does summary (w/ web plug) work for print? </li></ul><ul><li>Plug “complete coverage” in liveblog </li></ul>
    8. 8. Liveblogging situations <ul><li>Breaking story </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Festival, event </li></ul><ul><li>Trial </li></ul><ul><li>Daylong (Election Day, heat wave) </li></ul><ul><li>Sporting event </li></ul><ul><li>Live chat </li></ul>
    9. 9. Live chat techniques <ul><li>Give some questions to guests in advance (fewer waits while they type) </li></ul><ul><li>Phone conversation w/ guests, giving time to work on questions </li></ul><ul><li>Host chat w/ Community Media Lab bloggers (dining, sports, entertainment) </li></ul><ul><li>Group related questions </li></ul><ul><li>Preview questions coming up </li></ul>
    10. 10. Liveblogging issues <ul><li>Accuracy (stress verification, ask questions, correct quickly and candidly) </li></ul><ul><li>Rough copy </li></ul><ul><li>Sports credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-tasking </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve </li></ul>
    11. 11. Points to remember <ul><li>Standard of completeness changes; commitment to accuracy remains </li></ul><ul><li>Attribute, hedge, verify, seek verification </li></ul><ul><li>Say what you don’t know, too </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation, not monologue </li></ul><ul><li>Consider tone (is opinion or humor appropriate in this setting, for this blogger?) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Read more about it <ul><li>stevebuttry.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>slideshare.net/stevebuttry </li></ul><ul><li>@stevebuttry </li></ul>

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