So, we all know what is coming tomorrow and although I am not that bothered about the Royal Wedding in itself, I am interested in how news outlets will be covering the day. Seemingly impossible numbers of journalists, producers and makeup artists have been committed to the coverage.
The big broadcasters all have serious plans, with dedicated websites / sections from Sky, the BBC, ITV and CNN to name a few. There are interactive wedding routes (£) and timelines for audiences to browse – but what I am interested in is how the apps, blogging, curation and communication tools have matured in the last few months. I became interested in live blogging as a medium for communicating news and engaging your audience when I saw it being used for a conference a couple of years ago.
I was very keen to introduce it to my student paper – and we did. Covering a charity fun run, important sports game, our own Union elections and the BBC leadership debate that was hosted at Birmingham.
It is a great medium to use – how best can you make use of it?
What are your options?
Well the BBC and the Guardian have spent lots of time and money developing their own live blogging platforms and this is of course an event that lends itself to broadcasting images and video. For the amateur or professional journalist out there without a BBC sized budget you are looking at two production tools:
Both of these tools providing similar dashboard style controls to allow you to ‘produce’ a stream of content that contains text, audio, video, polls and user comments.
I suspect Apps like Instagram will be popular, with location and social sharing built in many people are likely to controbite to the noise – I mean content from the day.
We all know people can record video and upload it straight to YouTube and I expect we will see a lot of that over the course of Friday. When it comes to video, live-streaming is also an option – the potential of which was demonstrated in fantastic style by the #Twicket experiment on Monday.
I also expect we will see great use made of platforms such as Audioboo and Soundcloud when it comes to interviews and voxpops. They both have mobile apps so you can record and publish on the go. In truth I am surprised no one has set up a Royal Wedding Audioboo page in a similar style to the Guardian’s Middle East offering.
Twitter and Facebook have their part to play – they provide audience feedback and participation the #tags for the day #RW2011 and #royalwedding will allow people to join in as well as curate conversations later.
So @storify grew up a little yesterday and opened it’s beta to the public – just in time to curate all of Friday’s content (and there will be a lot) – expect thousands of ‘i’ve quoted you in my Storify’ tweets come Saturday morning.
I will be interested to see if any mainstream news organisations break the mold tomorrow – or even better if an individual journalist takes a fresh approach to live covering an event.
What would be your app or platform of choice? Have you seen any great examples of live coverage? Let us know on twitter @wannabehacks or in the comments below.
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