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February 24, 2021

Looking Ahead to Live Blog 3.82: Theme Customisation

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

Looking Ahead to Live Blog 3.82: Theme Customisation

by Anna Rohleder |  February 24, 2021

Our live blogging platform comes with several different themes pre-installed, but many users would like to personalise the look and feel of their live blog at a more granular level.

This can be useful for matching the branding of the website where your live blog is embedded or simply to have more creative flexibility with your live blogging..

In our upcoming release 3.82, you will have the option to change the style of Live Blog’s default theme from within the theme settings. In particular, you will be able to change the following:

  • fonts, along with their colours and sizes
  • background colour of the blog
  • background colour of the text for embed(s), photo, and quote post types
  • maximum width of the Live Blog embed, as well as its margins and padding  

This new feature will be available for all users, at all subscription levels, and can be found in the new “Styles” tab in Theme Settings, when you are using the Default SEO Theme.  

To see the additions and improvements in detail for this release, go to the Live Blog releases page on GitHub. Want to know more about what Live Blog can do for your news organisation? Get in touch: saas@liveblog.pro.

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December 30, 2020

Editor’s Pick: 9 Events to Live Blog the First Quarter Of 2021

Editor’s Pick: 9 Events to Live Blog the First Quarter Of 2021

by The Live Blog Team |  December 30, 2020

Many important events of 2020 have been postponed to 2021. And due to the fact that many others will be held only online, the use of live blogs will be essential for journalists as well as organisers who will want to cover the events.

As live blogs are increasingly used for scheduled events such as conferences, elections, sporting events and product launches, editors need to write content ahead of time. Now with Live Blog’s new post scheduling functionality you can create and schedule your live blogs in advance. This feature allows you to write posts that can be scheduled to be published at any time in the future.

To make the lives of editors and journalists easier, we have selected nine of the most important events of the first quarter of 2021 that would be ideal for live blogging below:

January 20 – US Presidential Inauguration

On January 20, 2021, the 59th Presidential inauguration will take place in Washington DC. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to be sworn into their posts at the 2021 inauguration ceremony. It will be a historic moment as Harris will be the first woman and first African-American citizen to take the oath of office as Vice President.

January 25-29 – World Economic Forum – The Davos Agenda

The traditional gathering of the world’s political and economic leaders in Davos Switzerland goes virtual this year with a five-day online programme aimed at “helping leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year”.

January 31 – The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 31, 2021It will recognise the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.

January 28-Feb. 3: Sundance Film Festival

The 2021 online festival will feature seven days of premieres, events, artist talks, and XR exhibitions. The festival will be partnering with independent cinema communities to host some in-person events as well.

February 11-21: Berlinale: Berlin Film Festival

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021, with its industry platforms such as European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund going online in March. In June, there will be a summer event with numerous film screenings for the public audiences – in cinemas as well as open air.

February 23-25 – Startupgrind Global Startup Conference

According to its website, Global 2020 is a key event for startups, tech leaders, and big brands at the forefront of innovation. The 2021 Global Conference will bring together 15,000 people working on startups from around the world, over four days.

March 8 – A trial is scheduled to begin for the four police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd

Due to the high profile of the case, the judge has ruled that the trial can be televised. The killing of Mr Floyd sparked demonstrations for social justice all over the US and around the world in 2020.

March 17 – The Dutch General Elections for the House of Representatives of the Netherlands

Because of the ongoing pandemic situation in the Netherlands, it has been proposed that voting in the election be spread out over three days, from 15-17 March.

March 26-28 – Ultra Festival, USA

One of the world’s largest electronic music festivals, ULTRA has taken place every March in Miami for more than 20 years. It includes the ULTRA LIVE stream service as well as the UMF Radio audio broadcasting platform to enhance the online festival experience.

We hope that the above list will give you some tips on what events to live blog in early 2021. If you would like to get inspiration we have compiled a list of live blogging examples.

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November 25, 2020

Using A Live Blog for Black Friday Deals

Using Live Blog for Black Friday Deals

Using Live Blog for Black Friday Deals

by The Live Blog Team |  November 25, 2020

Once Black Friday was only part of the holiday shopping season for retailers. Today it triggers major consumer activity for anyone in the content business: not only when readers make purchases, but also for reading reviews and checking out what the trends and must-have items are for the season. That’s why Black Friday can be a big opportunity for publishers too.

Brands, retailers and news media all benefit from the extra attention that consumers pay to their favourite websites on the last Friday in November in search of deals on the stuff they want to get or gift. Typically those must-have items span a range of categories, from electronics and household goods to makeup and fashion, each offered by a variety of retailers or websites.

Using a live blogging platform as a real-time deal ticker, publishers can present all of the latest promotions in one place. Here are some examples from around the web:

  1. Becleverwithyourcash.com
  2. Sonicstate.com
  3. Nettavisen.no
Netavisen Black Friday Live Blog

Netavisen’s Black Friday Live Blog

And this year, with brick-and-mortar stores closed or at limited capacity, customers will be doing most of their holiday shopping online. Publishers can benefit from this trend by inking an affiliate or referral agreement with retailers.   

How a Black Friday live blog works  

A Black Friday live blog is one part editorial curation and one part affiliate marketing.  

Publishers can either earn a commission when readers go on to visit a retailer’s storefront from the deals mentioned on the live blog, or sell paid placements directly. Another benefit to publishers’ websites is the increase in traffic. One publisher told us that their Black Friday Live Blog, and the live video that goes with it, boosts traffic by 43% on Black Friday over their daily average of 700,000 daily readers.  

Readers not only see it as a service, but also a fun read they enjoy spending time on. In particular, they may appreciate the personal touch added by a blog’s editors.

Live blogging special deals year round

The official week of Black Friday runs from the last Monday of November to the first Monday of December. However, savvy editors start adding the pre-holiday promotions as early as late September for those deal-hunters who never stop searching for the best bargain.

How can Live Blog boost your content monetisation strategy? Get in touch with us for a personal consultation.

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October 30, 2020

Using Live Blog to Cover the 2020 US Elections

Using Live Blog to Cover the 2020 US Elections

by The Live Blog Team |  November 2, 2020

This year we’ve seen new and innovative uses of our live blogging platform Live Blog for live, breaking news from all of our clients. Many have used it for real-time blogging to cover the COVID-19 pandemic as it has unfolded locally and internationally. Some have used it to document key events in politics. Now both of those use cases are converging in the upcoming US election, which will hinge in large part on the current president’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. US politics are followed closely in Europe because of American influence in foreign policy, economics and other domains.

Below is a gallery of some of our German clients’ Live Blog coverage:

DPA – Deutsche Presse-Agentur 

Covering elections is one of the most common use cases for Live Blog thanks to the ability to create an instant timeline with real-time updates.

dpa US elections

Die Zeit 

Live Blog offers a form of visual storytelling where infographics, photos, videos and charts blend seamlessly together.

Zeit Online US elections

Handelsblatt

Handelsblatt Live Blogging the US elections  

If you are not yet a Live Blog user and you’re looking for live blogging software to cover real-time news, you can try Live Blog for free here, no strings attached.

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October 22, 2020

Introducing Live Blog 3.8.3: New scheduling and sharing features

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

Introducing Live Blog 3.8.3: New scheduling and sharing features

by Anna Rohleder |  October 22, 2020

This year we’ve seen live blogs become an integral part of real-time news coverage. Newsrooms are using them to provide updates on ongoing situations like the coronavirus pandemic, respond to breaking news and engage with their audiences by sharing through a variety of other media. 

The new features we have introduced in the latest release of Live Blog are intended to support all of those live blogging use cases and more. Our goal is to give reporters and editors greater flexibility, especially when working across time zones or as part of a remote team.

Plan your editorial coverage

The first new feature in this release is post scheduling. Previously, you could only publish a post at the time you wrote it — which made sense when covering breaking news. But now, as live blogs are increasingly used for scheduled events such as conferences and product launches, editors need to write content ahead of time. 

The new post scheduling feature allows you to write a post to be published at any time in the future. Here’s how it works. Create a new post as usual, select “Scheduled” in the lower right corner of the editing window, choose the date and time for publishing in the calendar and save it by pressing Schedule again. (Note: half-hour increments are set as defaults but you can type in a more precise time of your choosing). 

Once you press Schedule again, the post will go to the Scheduled posts queue, which you access by selecting the clock icon in the left menu bar. That’s where you go to edit, update or delete the post. Otherwise, there’s nothing else you need to do once the post is scheduled.

Because Live Blog is web-based, neither you nor your computer have to be online for the post to go live.

Engage your audience with Live Blog embeds

The second new key feature in release 3.8.3 is post sharing. With this feature, you can share a Live Blog post to any of the main social media networks by mousing over the sharing arrow or link button in the lower right corner of a post. Choose the icon of the service you want to share the Live Blog post to, and it will show the post you selected as the highlighted image and caption in front of the blog’s timeline. If a reader clicks on the highlighted post, it and the rest of the blog will open in a new tab or window.

Other improvements and updates in this release include:

  • New content filtering functionality on the front end to allow users to filter the content according to their interests. This feature can be enabled or disabled from the theme settings screen.
  • Improved ad collection rotation on Default SEO and AMP Themes
  • Improved commenting feature on AMP Theme

We also fixed a few issues with video uploads to YouTube, Instagram embeds and some button behaviour on the back end.

To see the additions and improvements in detail for this release, go to the Live Blog releases page on GitHub. Want to know more about what Live Blog can do for your news organisation? Get in touch: saas@liveblog.pro.

Looking to check out Live Blog? There is a Live Blog demo waiting for you! Sign up for a 7 day free trial.

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July 23, 2020

Live Blog’s New Tagging Functionality for Digital Publishers

Live Blog Tagging functionality

Live Blog’s New Tagging Functionality for Digital Publishers

by Todd Jatras |  July 22, 2020

The recent release of Live Blog 3.8 introduced a new tagging feature that improves the discoverability of live blogging content for digital news publishers and their readers.

Previously, it was only possible to search on the content within a timeline by three criteria: newest, oldest, and editor’s choice. But editors can now create and apply as many tags as they want to each post as it’s published, making posts within a blog timeline searchable on a granular level. 

Readers will now see an additional dropdown menu, labeled Filter Content, that displays all the available tags they can search on. If, to use one example, a reader of a blog on Premier League football was a fan of Liverpool F.C. and was interested only in items relevant to their team, they could pull down the menu, find their team’s name, select it, and the blog timeline would only display Liverpool-related posts.

To create tags to include in a post, go to Live Blog’s General Settings (see image below) and type them into the Global Tags dialogue box. If a term is not already there, you will be given the option to create that tag. These tags are global, and once they’ve been created they will be available to all the different timelines within a publisher’s blogging portfolio.

Live Blog 3.8, New Tagging Functionality
To apply these tags, there is a
Tag(s) dialogue box in the editor field, on the bottom of each post. Type in the first few letters of the desired tag, and the predictive text will list available tags below it based on that criteria. In the example below “pr” brought up “press freedom” (highlighted in blue). Select the tag(s) you want, and click update. If the tag you’re looking for is not there, go to General Settings and add it.


When looking at the same post live, from the reader’s perspective (see below), the “press freedom” tag we just created appears under Filter Content.

 


When the reader selects that tag, only content containing that term will be displayed in the blog timeline. 

This new level of search granularity is convenient for both readers, who may be interested in dipping far back into their favourite blog’s archive, and publishers looking to get a better handle on their overall blog content production.

Want to see what Live Blog can do for your publication? Sign up for your free trial here: https://liveblog.pro/en/try-liveblog-free/

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July 1, 2020

Live Blog’s New Tagging Functionality: Better Syndication and Content Discoverability

Editor’s Pick: 9 Events to Live Blog the First Quarter Of 2021

Live Blog’s New Tagging Functionality: Better Syndication and Content Discoverability

by Todd Jatras |  July 01, 2020

With the release of Live Blog 3.8, we’ve introduced local and global tagging functionality that streamlines the process of syndicating blog content for news agencies and their clients.

Until now, it was only possible to filter content within a timeline based on three options: newest first, oldest first or editor’s choice. This was useful for readers following a story, but limiting for news outlets looking for posts relevant to their audience. Editors had to wade through what could be a sea of posts to find what they were looking for. But users now have a drop-down menu that displays the list of tags editors have assigned to a specific blog, and can find appropriate content by filtering on these tags.

In addition to global tags that can be applied across Live Blog instances, editors can also create and apply local tags to individual posts within a timeline. Then, using these tags, they can filter content and create syndication channels for news topics based on single or multiple preset tags. (Note: Using global or local tags is an either-or decision; it is not possible to use both at the same time.)

Creating and applying tags across instances or within timelines is now a standard Live Blog syndication feature.

For instance, if an agency is running a live blog on the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, editors could tag each post within that blog timeline according to location or region (Germany, Austria, Norway, etc.) and media outlets in those countries would be able to identify appropriate items by filtering with their relevant tags. 

Some of our Live Blog clients, such as German news agency DPA, have dozens of live blogs going at a time, and are constantly adding new ones as big news stories break that require live coverage. 

Finding particular topics among all of those blogs was the goal of introducing tag-based filtering in the latest Live Blog release. Now, news agencies and their clients can search across blog instances and within individual blog timelines, and set up more targeted syndication output channels. With an embed link created on the back end of Live Blog, clients will only see the content that has been filtered based on those tags.

If you are not yet a Live Blog user and you’re looking for live blogging software to cover real-time news, you can try Live Blog for free here, no strings attached.

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June 15, 2020

How to publish Tweets to your Live Blog with just one click

How to publish Tweets to your Live Blog with just one click

by Gregory Bruno |  June 15, 2020

With social media the preferred outlet for newsmakers to break news, journalists today need easy ways to share these digital morsels of information with their audiences. One common tactic – trawling Twitter feeds, copying embed codes, and pasting this data into a news organisation’s website or blog – is time-consuming and inefficient.

With Live Blog, this process can be automated. Here’s how:

If you don’t have a Live Blog account, you’ll need one to get started. Visit Liveblog.pro to sign up for your free seven-day trial. 

Now that you have a Live Blog instance, the first step is to create an account at Integromat, a free service that connects apps and automates workflows. 

Once you’ve created an account, log into Integromat and follow the steps below. Parts I and II of this setup will configure Integromat to connect Twitter with your Live Blog account so that you can easily monitor someone’s Twitter activity from within the Live Blog dashboard. Part III will show you how to publish tweets to your Live Blog timeline.

Setup Part I

  1. Click the “Create a New Scenario” button in the top right corner of Integromat.com. This will bring you to a page where you can set up your first module. To do that, type “Twitter” in the search bar. Once you’ve selected Twitter, hit “Continue.” 
  2. On the next screen you’ll see the dashboard for the scenario you’re going to create. Click on the question mark (“?”) and select, “Watch Tweets.”
  3. Now you need to permit your Twitter module to watch tweets using your newsroom’s Twitter account. Do this by adding a connection, naming it, and then by clicking “Authorise.”
  4. We want to configure Integromat to watch “Someone Else’s Tweets;” pull the dropdown menu to do that.
  5. Now, enter the Twitter handle, or “Screen Name,” minus the @ symbol, of the account you want to ingest into Live Blog. Select “Return Full Text of Tweets,” and then choose how many tweets you want Integromat to ingest at a time. You can choose any number you want.
  6. Finally, you need to tell Integromat when to start ingesting tweets. You can choose any date in the past or from now on.

Setup Part II

With your Twitter module established, the second step is to configure Integromat to connect this module to your Live Blog account. To do that, follow these steps: 

  1. Click on the half-bubble to the right of the newly-created Twitter module, select the “+” button, and type “Live Blog.” 
  2. If you don’t see Live Blog as an option, click on this link, add the scenario to your account, refresh the page, and then try again. 
  3. Once you’ve selected Live Blog, you’ll be prompted with a window of choices; select “Create a Contribution.” 
  4. Next, you’ll be asked to set up a connection between your Live Blog module in Integromat, and your Live Blog account. To do that, click the “Add” button, create a connection name – it can be anything – then add the URL for your blog. Importantly, you must add “-api” to make the URL work. [Example: https://demoapi.liveblog.pro]. This tells Live Blog that a third-party app is trying to connect.
  5. Enter your username and password.
  6. If your Live Blog instance has more than one blog associated with it, the next window will prompt you to choose a specific blog to connect to. 
  7. You can ignore the “Select Tag” box, but below that you must enter a value for “Select Post Structure.” Pull that dropdown window and select “Twitter Post.” Here, you will once again need to input the “Screen Name” of the Twitter account that you are following.
  8. Finally, in the “Tweet ID” box, you need to provide the identification that we are getting from the blue module. Click the blue “Tweet ID” box, and the field will auto populate. You can ignore the “Autopublish” box.
  9. Click “OK.”
  10. Now, establish the intervals that Integromat will pull content from the Twitter account you’re watching. Set that by clicking the “Clock” icon.
  11. Once you’ve established the connection in Integromat, click “Run Once” to start feeding tweets into your Live Blog from the selected Twitter account. 
  12. Finally, be sure to click “Save.” If you want to watch another Twitter account in your Live Blog editor window, you’ll need to create another scenario by repeating Parts I and II.

Setup Part III

Now, let’s see what all of this looks like in Live Blog.

On the left side of your Live Blog editing panel, click the “Contributions” button. Inside this pane is where all of the tweets fetched from the account or accounts that you are watching will appear. When you want to publish a tweet to your blog, simply push this “Publish” button, and it’s done. If  you want to remove a tweet to keep this pane organised, click “Remove.” 

Once you publish, you can see what it looks like by clicking “Live” next to “Timeline” at the top of your editing window.  

And that’s it. With this integration, you’ll never again need to switch between windows or copy embed codes to share a newsmaker’s tweets with your audience. Everything you need to post quickly is now right in the editing screen of your Live Blog.

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May 26, 2020

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

by Todd Jatras |  May 26, 2020

Live blogs are a key editorial format used in newsrooms around the world to provide continuous, real-time coverage of important events as they happen.

Whether it’s scheduled events such as sports matches, elections, product launches and cultural events, or unpredictable occurrences such as severe weather and disasters, terror attacks and political unrest, a live blog’s curated timeline format allows news organisations to quickly break a story, then provide frequent updates after it’s been published and syndicated.

This go-to form of storytelling has seen an unprecedented surge in usage this year as the coronavirus pandemic emerged, and news sites scrambled to keep up with the rapidly evolving crisis. The advantage of using a live blog to cover such an important story is that it provides a dynamic, centralised repository where writers and editors can collaborate on quick-fire updates while effortlessly incorporating rich multimedia formats and posts from all the social media platforms. Readers also prize the format as they know exactly where to return to get the latest updates.

In this post we discuss a variety of live blogging use cases separated out by the most popular categories or story types. We’re including examples from our own customers as well as other live blog examples from around the web that best illustrate the potential of the format.

Elections and Politics

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

Live Blog is the perfect journalistic tool for covering elections with up-to-the-minute updates as they come in.

  • See how Passauer Neue Presse used our live blogging platform to cover the spring municipal election in Bavaria;
  • Leading German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) covered the U.S. presidential election primary known as Super Tuesday.
  • Norwegian online news site Nettavisen used it to report City Council meetings in Oslo, thus boosting reader engagement while increasing local government transparency.

Politics isn’t limited to elections and legislative debates, however. Court cases and judicial proceedings also lend themselves to live blogging. This live blog of orders and opinions issued by the United States Supreme Court shows how a curated timeline of official updates from the bench, interspersed with expert commentary, can provide insight into an otherwise obscure arm of government.

For more tips, see this guide to optimising elections coverage, which shows you how to use custom post types, image slideshows and advanced features for charting and live poll reporting.

Sports 

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

Sporting events are particularly well-suited to live blogging because of the timed-play nature of most popular games, like football. Avid fans often will keep a live blog open while watching a game on television, looking to the blog repeatedly in second-screen mode throughout an event for the latest replays, statistics and play-by-play commentary from both experts and fans.

For some examples of how top news agencies as well as small media outlets are live blogging sporting events, see:

True fans are eager for as much information as they can find on their favourite teams, and players when they’re off the field. Player transfers are an example of a sporting event other than a game that lends itself to live blogging, such as this one run by The Standard in the UK. Live blogs that include custom post types for player transfers make it even easier for fans to keep track of who is headed where, and how teams are shaping up for the season ahead.   

Meanwhile, video gaming or esport events are becoming more popular, as are blogs covering them. For an example of how Live Blog was used for a global esports tournament, see dpa and Morgenpost’s team coverage of the 2018 ESLOne event in Hamburg.

Weather and Natural Disasters

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

When disasters strike, providing readers with the latest, up-to-the-minute information is crucial, and can even be life-saving. 

In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, this case study outlines how German-language news outlets such as Austria Presse Agentur (APA), Zeit Online and dpa have been using our live blogging software to deliver continual updates to their readers.

Other use cases from our customers include:

Cultural Events 

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

Awards ceremonies, festivals, concerts and art events are prime occasions to live blog and provide readers with a sense of being in attendance. This guide to Live Blogging a Cultural Event is a good place to start thinking about how to set your coverage apart.

Other Live Blog examples include dpa’s live blog on the 2020 Grammy music awards in Los Angeles, and Eurovision’s coverage of its 2018 Song Contest, one of the largest TV events in the world.

War and Terror Attacks

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

German news site Zeit Online used Live Blog for extensive coverage of the 2016 terror attack on Brussels and experimented with what they call a “slow blog” on the years-long reporting on the Battle of Mosul. We interviewed Sybille Klormann, lead editor for all live blogging projects, to learn about Zeit Online’s best practices for this dynamic form of real-time coverage. 

The Environment

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

As climate change drives a variety of other crises, reporting on the environment has become more urgent; many news organisations are devoting significantly more time and resources to the subject.

Ambiental Jalisco, a startup network of local news sites in Mexico focused on getting citizens involved in ecological issues in cities across the country, is using our live blogging platform to bring their news and social networks together. Read our case study on Ambiental Jalisco here.

Business

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

Live blogging is a practical way to track earnings releases and product launches as well as the daily gyrations of international stock markets and individual business sectors.

DPA used Live Blog to report Apple’s 2019 Keynote, highlighting all of the company’s new product releases as they were being announced. Ars Technica has also live blogged Apple launch events.

Elsewhere, CNBC creates a new market-related live blog each day, frequently updating it and pulling together the top stories affecting U.S. stock markets

Travel and Lifestyle 

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

With so many travel and lifestyle blogs in the digital world, finding a way to differentiate your content and speak to an audience is key. One of our picks for creativity combined with authenticity is W42St, an independent lifestyle magazine that chronicles the people and businesses of NYC’s gritty Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, they were forced to suspend their print edition, and turned to Live Blog as a way of keeping their community connected.

Weird News, Photo of the Day and Other Offbeat Stories

 

Live Blog Examples: Great Use Cases for Blogging Inspiration

Finally, the live blog format offers a way for publishers to package content and earn revenue on new products; especially using recurring, daily news features so that customer news organisations can receive it via syndication and readers can easily find it with content tags.

DPA’s Top Photo of the Day is a good example of this. Also, their Weird News & Other Offbeat Stories is currently embedded in around two dozen customer websites, including Mitteldeutsche Zeitung and Radio Essen.   

Elsewhere, Reuters has a blog called Oddly Enough that collects and syndicates daily offbeat and humourous stories to their clients.

If you are not yet a Live Blog user and you’re looking for live blogging software to cover real-time news, you can try Live Blog for free here, no strings attached.

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April 28, 2020

Introducing Live Blog 3.8: Full GDPR Compliance

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

Introducing Live Blog 3.8

by Todd Jatras |  April 28, 2020

We understand that our clients take privacy and the security of their readers’ personal data very seriously. With the release of version 3.8, Live Blog now has built-in GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance that is simple to activate.

Websites from the 27 countries that form the European Union are required to collect consent from each reader to their GDPR-compliant data privacy policies. First-time visitors arriving on a Live Blog will see that all social media embeds (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube) on the post are shielded with a placeholder prompting them to read the site’s privacy policy and a consent button. This shield effectively blocks said social media platforms from receiving the end user’s information until they provide their GDPR consent. 

Upon agreeing to the GDPR privacy statement, all social media embeds within the blog will load and become visible. This one-time consent agreement will be saved and applied for each user to all parallel live blogs on that site. 

Additionally, the text of the consent agreement is configurable for each site, and can be customised according to various blog themes with links to their respective data protection policy. With the introduction of GDPR compliance, readers now have control over the personal data they want to share. 

Improved syndication features in Live Blog 3.8

Our live blogging platform now has a new tagging functionality that supports syndication of specific topics or kinds of coverage in news by labelling and filtering content in the following ways:     

  1. Add single or multiple tags to blog posts  
  2. Filter content based on specific tags through Syndication
  3. Create output channels that deliver content based on certain tag(s)

Additional improvements

We have introduced a new process for deleting live blogs whereby they are not deleted right away but only after 3 days.  Blogs marked for deletion are put in a separate tab for review, allowing users to retrieve blogs they may have deleted by accident.

We also have a new Global Settings section to manage Live Blog’s general configurations.

To see the full rundown of 3.8 features, as well as a complete list of bug fixes and performance improvements for this release, visit Live Blog on GitHub. If you have any questions about the latest updates to Live Blog, contact us: saas@liveblog.pro

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