Notes taken from Matt Wells, The Guardian
- Live blogging has rapidly become the dominant form for breaking news online.
- Online answer to 24/7 TV news.
- Reward: traffic spikes, comments
- One blogger: live blogs as the “death of journalism”
- Live blogs give the ability to post significant developments quickly.
- Link out to other coverage, include comments from Twitter and Facebook- display multimedia and include audience in the comments all in one place.
- Live blogs can get long and confusing “you are more or less providing readers with raw material rather than telling them a story” Robert Mackey who writes live news blogs for the New York Times.
- “a type of news reporting that is emerging as being native to the web” Martin Belam, web information architect
- Benjamin Cohen, technology correspondent for C4 news:
live blogs need “a lot of content” to work.
“Live blogs don’t work for everything, they give an instant reaction but they’re not authenticated like website news stories.”
- The result is that some feel the format needs to be rethought
- More consideration given to the types of stories on which it is deployed.
- The best elements of live blogging is how it is so transparent about sourcers, how it dispenses with false journalist fripperies and embraces the audience
- The live blog is surely the embodiment of its future.