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#Podcast – Real-time reporting: Liveblogging lessons for digital journalists

August 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Online Journalism, Podcast

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Whether you’re a journalist working for a national news outlet, a niche magazine or a local newspaper, there are likely to be plenty of opportunities for you to put liveblogging skills into practice. From big breaking news events and regular local public meetings, to political speeches and visual gadget launches, online audiences are keen to be fed up-to-the-minute information.

In this week’s podcast we hear from three journalists who have much experience in liveblogging for a range of audiences, and are able to share some of the lessons they have learned along the way. As well as some practical pointers on managing a liveblog, we also discuss recent technology developments which have helped enhance the liveblogs of today and what developments are just round the corner.

The podcast hears from:

  • Josh Halliday, reporter, the Guardian
  • Neil Macdonald, head of web and data development, for Trinity Mirror in Merseyside, which includes looking after the websites for the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo
  • Adam Tinworth, independent consultant and journalist, working in the fields of digital journalism, social media and blogging

Josh, Neil and Adam shared lots more practical tips with us on liveblogging – keep an eye on over the coming week(s) for more of their advice.

In the meantime here is some background reading on liveblogging from

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South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper unveils new all singing, all dancing website

June 19th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Newspapers, Online Journalism

South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper has substantially revamped its website, in the process introducing a series of new features to improve usability.

M&G Online’s general manager Matthew Buckland blogged recently about the use of Thompson Reuters Open Calais semantic tagging technology to organise and cross-reference all the site’s content for the relaunch.

In addition to this the revamp has introduced a number of key features:

Registration and dashboard

  • Like the Guardian in the UK, the new M&G site now allows users to save clippings of favourite articles and story history while browsing.
  • Comment on articles and debate with other readers

New features

  • It has also introduced a topics A-Z: A list of people, places, subjects and organisations covered by the site
  • Added a feature – NewsSwarm – that allows users to see who is viewing which article in real time
  • Integrated articles with Google Maps
  • Make the popular cartoon sections searchable and tagged
  • Added easy exploration of e-commerce areas: jobs, cars, dating, property and shopping
  • Allowed users to view related articles from outside the news website.
  • Added video feeds

Semantic tagging – a key new element

  • Tag clouds of subjects, people and places on the home page and news sections
  • Articles regionally organised and can be viewed by country or city with South African news at town, city or provincial level
  • Articles are also tagged with names of cities, countries, companies or organisations, and people, which can be viewed in the Topics A-Z section
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Tracking Twitter – kind of like keywording

September 27th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism

A new ‘tracking’ feature has been released by Twitter, allowing users to track topics and receive twitter alerts to their mobiles in real time.

Here’s how it works:

  • first, set up your phone on Twitter;
  • send a command of what you want to track – e.g. ‘track Google’;
  • every time someone (anyone who updates Twitter in public) mentions ‘Google’, you’ll receive it on your device in real time;
  • from there you can find out who was twittering by sending ‘whois username’ or ‘follow username’ to keep receiving updates from that person;
  • to stop receiving alerts just send the command ‘untrack Google’.

For the whole low-down see the Twitter Blog

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