Live blogging

Live blogging has become increasingly popular with the new advances of online journalism. People can now follow up to date stories and receive new information as soon as its been released. With these new advances online, live blogging has now created another platform for live news, placing it alongside other media platforms, including radio and television.

Similar to microblogs, a liveblog is one single post which is constantly updated by one or more authors with up to the minute logs of new findings, and are usually used to report specific events rather than regular features. Live blogs can include a wide variety of media including text, image, video and audio which are used to explain the happenings in a specific location. Most live blogs are usually ordered from top to bottom so that the most recent updates are placed at the top of the post.

The Guardian has become especially popular for its live blogging stories. A recent one of which I found of interest was the article regarding the gay marriage bill. The article followed the debate giving regular updates of its progress and included prominent quotes from cabinet members.

Most live blogging articles will start with some background information including facts, quotes and figures to allow the reader to have more of an understanding of what is being shown.  Some live blogs will also present a timetable at the start of the article showing what they are going to release at specific times so readers do not have to wait for certain parts of information.

Although these blogs are claimed to be ‘live’, one should remember that writing a live blog will take a lot of preparation. A successful live blog will be well researched to make sure relevant information can be found and released at frequent times. Many quotes or pieces of writing will have already been prepared and will be slotted into the piece when the story unfolds. However some live blogs are completely spur of the moment so it will take a lot of skill to report quickly and accurately under a designated time limit.


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