Scribes can take advantage of various technologies and share their information live to add an incredible effect to their journalistic ventures. One such new trend that has recently surfaced in the world of alternative journalism is known as live-blogging which employs the same principle.
Live-blogging - The Comprehensive Alternative News-reporting Tactic
Live-blogging covers all the aspects of news-reporting that is being increasingly embraced by almost all the newsrooms in the U.S. It encompasses a wide variety of social media platforms to broadcast all types of breaking news, feature write-ups as well as multimedia channels like images and videos.
In this case, events that are considered conducive for live-blogging includes any sort of planned event like races, festivals, protests, rallies, award programs, sports games and others like disaster relief centers set up after either a man-made or natural calamity hit an area.
So, if you’re interested to take to live-blogging, then you’ve got to research about it well.
Tips to Start-off with Live Blogging
Here are some of the basics ways to start your alternative career in live-blogging:
- Work as a Team - Solo live-blogging is surely going to overwhelm you and it is very likely for you to miss out on something very important, if you try to do it. In this type of alternative journalism, you’d perform best, if you have a team of four to five people working with you. Divide your team’s responsibilities into editing, reporting, photography and presentation.
- Have Proper Logistical Support - Live-blogging’s backbone is technology. Hence, a smartphone is very much needed to report every live event smoothly. More, you’d need software applications like Instagram, Twitter and Vine. However, before setting off to cover any kind of event, make sure to do some background research. Keep short messages for your Twitter feed and detailed information for your blog.
- Ride with the Tide - In the world of Internet and social media, you’ve got to go with flow, if you want to be successful. So, if the planned event gets delayed by an incident, then report that as your breaking news. As a journalist, you need to keep others posted about the event and know how to react when any thing unplanned happens.
Apart from that, never be ashamed of adding any kind of updates or fresh piece of information once the event is over. Though live-blogging requires very high standard of work as events are hosted, yet you can go back to your blog after each post to rectify any sort of mistake or to include some fresh data into it. This would be the last and final straw in the live-blogging process.