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.

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.

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