How do you cover a month-long protest in real time? Persistence. A lot of Rock Content clients have launched liveblogs to organize the endless stream of information pouring out of Occupy Wall Street. There’s no shortage of professional, provocative photos and passionate speeches caught on cell phones – great liveblog fodder – not to mention the countless pontificators analyzing whether the event has had any impact. Here’s a peak at a few interesting efforts newsrooms are making to bring the event to their readers:
The New York Daily News has a team of reporters and photographers providing ongoing coverage for its liveblog. They’ve topped it with Rock Content’s LiveArticle, which lets them display recent photos and quickly update the story for readers while providing background, context and links to stories on their site. The liveblog is stuffed with information, including a transcript of a speech from Mayor Bloomberg, quotes from officials and protestors and even entire stories nestled between a steady stream of photos.
The news agency is taking a slightly different approach to their liveblog. Reuters has asked readers to submit their comments, questions and impressions directly onto the liveblog, and are publishing the most interesting responses along with their regular reporting. They’ve enlisted their crew of photogs and reporters to provide coverage, which they’re sharing with other newspapers. They’re also not shy to drop entire stories right into the stream, so readers don’t have to leave the page.
The Canadian daily is also using LiveArticle to provide context for readers hoping to get a grip on an evolving story. They’ve included an article with the latest news out of New York, their favourite photo (a crew of zombies stumbling down Wall Street), a few choice tweets and a map of the protest route. The liveblog provides links to stories, tons of photos and updates from reporters. The Star also published a LivePoll, asking readers “Do you agree with the protests?” (77% voted ‘yes’).
The Canadian national newspaper doesn’t have any reporters on the ground, opting instead to monitor the social media reaction to the protest. Instead of simply pulling in tweet after tweet, their editors are scouring the internet and collecting interesting and important updates, pulling them into posts to create a more logical narrative that readers can follow. Meanwhile, another reporter is rounding up recaps and details unearthed by reporters at the scene and publishing high-quality photos from news agencies like AP and AFP.