In journalism and corporate communications alike, live blogging is emerging as one of the most engaging ways to cover fast-moving events, from breaking news to sports reports, to product launches and conferences. But it's a challenging endeavour even for confident bloggers, with a number of technical and editorial roles to perform under pressure.
Led by the Guardian's award-winning live blogging pioneers, senior political correspondent Andrew Sparrow and digital CMS manager Jonathan Hyde, this course provides a comprehensive grounding in the basics of setting up a live blog, connecting with an audience, and all the tools and techniques you need to get started. You'll get the opportunity to test you skills in a simulated newsroom environment, live blogging an event in real time and receiving personal feedback on your progress.
This is a highly practical and challenging course which will explore the technical aspects of setting up, managing and promoting a live blog, including creating content, and incorporating external sources. The course mixes seminar-style tutelage with extensive practical exercises and feedback. Topics covered include:
- Tools of the trade: What live blogging services and apps exist and what they can do for you
- Live blogging editorial: What to tell your audience, and how
- Extensive practical exercise to put your skills into practice
- Personal feedback to help you refine your technique
This course is for you if…
You're a trained journalist looking to improve your skills in this area, or any professional professional wanting to use live blogging as part of a communications strategy.
Andrew Sparrow writes the Guardian's daily Politics live blog. He is credited with being one of the pioneers of live blogging and he become the first digital journalist to get a mainstream award at the British Press Awards when he won political journalist of the year for his live blog covering the 2010 general election. In 2012 he won mainstream media blogger of the year in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. He trained as a reporter on the South Wales Echo and has been a lobby correspondent at Westminster since 1994, working for Thomson Regional Newspapers, the Western Mail, the Daily Mail, and the Daily Telegraph, before joining the Guardian in 2008. He has also written a book, Obscure Scribblers, a History of Parliamentary Journalism.
Jonathan Hyde is the Agile Product Manager for the Digital CMS team at the Guardian. Responsible for the development of the digital editorial tools, Jonathan spends most of his time engaging with our editorial colleagues in London, New York and Sydney to ensure the tools we are building help deliver the Guardian's Digital First vision. Jonathan's team includes developers, QAs, a project manager, a User Experience architect and a User Interface designer. Together they are delivering a content creation platform that is designed for our global editorial team.
Date: Sunday 17 November 2013
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
☻Early bird special (a limited number of places at a reduced price for people who book in advance) £199
☻Regular price £229
(all prices include VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments)
Maximum course size: 16
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