City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 5 - Live reporting
City UniversityMagazine Journalism MA week 5 Live, mobile reporting
Blog feedback ● Sources - show your working, never assume anything ● Linking - do it properly ● Think style - check the styleguide if not sure ● Think journalism ● Remember to focus on issues and people ○ Write about real people and real stories ● REGULARITY IS IMPORTANT
1. Identifying events to coverYour network might be interested in a range of types ofevents, for example: ● Conferences, unconferences, awards, annual meetings and other gatherings ● Meetups, tweetups, reunions, pub socials, carnivals, gigs and similar events ● Committees, hearings, votes, inquests, council meetings on relevant issues ● Demonstrations, protests, fundraisers, petition-gathering days, etc. ● Any other occasion where a group of people gather to do something which is of interest to - or will have an impact on - your community
TASK 1 - 10 minutesThink of an event youll cover for yourcommunity ● Meetup.com ● http://upcoming.yahoo.com/ ● http://www.eventbrite.com/ ● Lanyrd.com ● http://www.myspace.com/events ● http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/index.htm ● http://www.last.fm/events ● Think about networks - what are your audience doing? ● Could you organise one yourself?
Live reporting tools1. Liveblogging ● Constant updates (same page) ○ e.g. Guardian.co.uk Andrew Sparrow ● Liveblogging tools (using livereporting software) ○ CoveritLive ○ See FT.coms Markets Live chat ● Live tweets (using mobile phones, laptops w/ 3G)
2. Mobile● Live video/audio apps ○ Bambuser ○ Qik ○ Smartphone video and upload ○ Audioboo ○ Soundcloud● Live content apps ○ Wordpress ○ Posterous (check out autoposting) ○ Facebook ○ Tumblr
3. Maps-- Good to demonstrate a developing story/situation-- Make sure its live and published BEFORE the event-- You can update as you go.
Divide up the tasks1. Write a pre-event post -- Tell your readers whats happening when -- Does it need MORE THAN ONE post?2. Set up the reporting tools (or at least plan them) -- Mobile video, reporting, tweeting - are you sorted? -- Maps?3. Tune in the social channels the event will feed into -- Social networks, event sites, forums -- are you tuned in? GO DO NOW - 30 minutes
After the eventWhat happens now? ● Round-up post ● All your pics, media go online ● Plans for the next one? ● What connections can you make as journalists? ○ Who can you interview? ○ What stories did you find?
Event checklist ● Technology ○ Is your PC/Macbook fully charged? Do you have a power lead? ○ Is your smartphone fully charged? ○ Is your camera/recorder fully charged? ○ Do you know if the venue has powerpoints? ○ Do you have microphone (with batteries), tripod? ● Network ○ Does the venue have wifi? Is it encrypted? Whats the password? ASK! ○ If not, is there 3G coverage? ○ Do you have a functioning 3G dongle (good for outside work)? ● Content ○ Who is speaking/taking part? You need biog details to hand (as a tab on your web browser) ○ What is happening? You need instant access to a schedule (e.g. court proceedings or a conference) ○ Is there a video livestream? Have the link/html code to hand. ○ Ready your ARCHIVED stories - if you need to link/refer back to previous coverage
Now read this:http://www.feverbee.com/2010/06/events.htmlhttp://onlinejournalismblog.com/2009/10/21/what-does-a-mobile-journalist-need/