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October 12, 2022

The Benefits of Live Blogging for Your News Business

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The Benefits of Live Blogging for Your News Business

by Manolis Zografakis |  October 12, 2022

Engaging audiences with real-time involvement through live blogging improves a user’s experience and yields many other benefits for a news business, including expanded reach and higher profits. Nowadays, online users have developed a certain expectation regarding the speed with which they may access and enjoy content online. They are interested in current events as they are happening, which is why more and more people are starting to consume content through live blogs.

Live blogging platforms offer an alternate communication method with a news company’s target market through live, interactive content. They allow for content to be compiled from multiple sources rather than just one. Simply put, journalists and editors using live blogging software such as Live Blog Pro gather data from several sources and put it together using social media inputs and photos.

A strategy that includes posting updates regularly, covering events as they happen, or reporting breaking news in real-time would benefit significantly from a Live Blog solution. Since live blogs provide readers with breaking news and are easy to navigate, they are also suitable for readers to consume news while on the go, because the content is easily digestible in small chunks.

Live blogging has a huge potential to pique online news readers’ interest in current affairs coverage and encourage them to take action.

What Is Live Blogging?

Like traditional blogs, live blogging focuses primarily on textual documentation of events. As its name implies, live blogging involves publishing simultaneously  as an ongoing event, updating the coverage as things happen. Think of a live blog as a rolling text that constantly updates its viewers.

A live blog combines several media types and data feeds to produce information in real time. If your plan involves making frequent updates, covering live events, or reporting breaking news, a live blog solution is precisely what you need. Have a look at these live blog examples.There are many reasons why live blogging is the present and future of multimedia client involvement in all fields, from journalism to politics. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

13 Benefits of Live Blogging for the New Business

Live blogging is used by news organisations for several purposes, including expanding their audience, making the news-gathering process more open and accessible, boosting reader participation, and even bringing in extra money via blog syndication.

1. Increase Customer Engagement

Your audience will be exposed to a new mode of real time interaction and information dissemination when you implement live blogging. To get your audience to care about your organisation and content, having features like in-feed comments and live streaming of events is essential.

2. Maximise Your Return on Investment

Live blogs, if managed properly, have the potential to generate a return on investment that is unmatched by most other channels. From having a major sponsor of the live blog to having multiple ads showing up throughout the feed, the commercial advantages of a live blog are many. Also, remember that a live blog can be a “living” blog that is continuously updated (for example, live blogs about Covid have been updated for nearly three years). The potential for additional content is increased with each new live event.

3. Develop User Interaction

Live blogs are a great way to get your news audience involved since they are lively and dynamic. Users can engage with your live blog in several ways, including asking questions, providing feedback, or retweeting posts.

4. Provide Exclusive Content

Providing users with information  they can’t get elsewhere is a noble goal, and live blogging exclusive content is a fantastic approach to achieving it. Ways to do this range from interviews to collaborations to exclusive coverages, and each can be implemented in various ways.

5. Widen Your Audience

Through the SEO-optimised themes of Live Blog Pro, you can attract more organic readers to your blog. There are two main ways to expand your readership: By encouraging people to chat about your live blog content, and by having them suggest your news business to others they think might enjoy reading what you report.

6. Stay Ahead of the Competition With Advance Planning

You may set yourself apart from the competition by planning your live blog in advance. There are plenty of events that you could start blogging before they happen, such as elections, conferences, and sports matches. With Live Blog’s post scheduling functionality, you can even write content ahead of time and set it to be published at any time in the future.

7. Gain Valuable Insights

Providing coverage of an event is only one aspect of live blogging. Remember that you’ll need a plan for the times before, during, and after your coverage is broadcast. You can learn a lot about your audience and what they need from you if you take the time to observe and listen to how they respond to your coverage.

8. Live Blog On The Go

With live blogging, timing is everything. Providing live coverage loses its value and importance if it is not posted immediately. Thankfully, the Live Blog Reporter app lets your reporters contribute content directly from their mobile phones.

9. Be Accessible

Live blogging can be adapted to the style of your news organisation while still being user-friendly and mobile-friendly. In addition, its speed and user-friendliness will provide the impression that you are more accessible to your audience.

10. Establish Authority

Your news organisation may establish credibility by providing readers with timely, relevant content that is addressed consistently and engagingly. If visitors to your live blog feel like they’ve learned something new, they’ll be more likely to come back for updates in the future.

11. Give Context

In liveblogging, the tale you convey will be highly potent because of how much emphasis you put on context. When reporting news, sometimes all you need to do is set the scene for your viewers or readers. Live blogging gives you an excellent opportunity to use narrative to connect with your audience on an emotional level.

12. Make the News More Exciting To Read

Many people ignore articles that don’t make them feel like they’re part of the action. Live blogging provides the opposite, letting readers engage with in-the-moment news coverage.

13. Maximise The Efficiency Of The Editorial Process

Today’s fast-paced world emphasises the importance of maximising efficiency wherever possible. Live Blog streamlines and accelerates the editorial process by automatically mining content from various sources.

Transform Your News Business With Live Blogging

With all this theoretical knowledge about the benefits of live blogging at your disposal, it’s time to put it into practice and learn how to live blog. Get ready to interact with your readers, share content, and build your reputation as a news industry leader.

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September 20, 2022

Editor’s Pick: 6 Events to Live Blog Before 2023

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Editor’s Pick: 6 Events to Live Blog Before 2023

by Manolis Zografakis |  September 20, 2022

The popularity of live blogs for scheduled events such as elections, breaking news, sporting events, and product launches is increasing, and journalists need to write and plan content ahead of time. With Live Blog’s post scheduling functionality, editors can create and schedule live blogs in advance and prepare content that can be scheduled for publication at any time in the future.

Although 2023 is just a few months away, there are still some important events that are ideal for live coverage this year. From elections to sports events, we’ve selected six of the most important events of the last quarter of 2022 worth live blogging.

2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup : 22 September – 1 October

The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, and international basketball tournament for women’s national teams, will be held in Sydney, Australia. 

2022 Asian Games : 23 September – 8 October

A multi-sport event held in Hangzhou, China, with 40 sports including swimming, archery, athletics, badminton, baseball and softball, basketball, and boxing.

2022 Italian general election : 25 September
The 2022 Italian general election is a snap election, scheduled for 25 September.

2022 Brazilian general election : 2 October
General elections are scheduled for 2 October in Brazil to elect the president, vice president, and members of the National Congress.

2022 G20 Bali summit : November 15–16
The 17th G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will take place 15-16 November in Bali, Indonesia.

2022 FIFA World Cup : November 20 – December 18
The quadrennial international men’s football championship also known as the World Cup, will be held in Qatar.

For inspiration on how to cover these or other live events, check out these live blogging examples. Looking to give  Live Blog a try? There’s a Live Blog demo waiting for you! Sign up for a 7 day free trial.

Happy Live Blogging!

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September 7, 2022

Introducing Live Blog 3.82.2: Theme Styling and Post Scheduling

Introducing Live Blog Go

Introducing Live Blog 3.82.2: Theme Styling and Post Scheduling

by Aleksandar Jeličić |  September 7, 2022

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.

Theme styling from backend

Change fonts, colors and styles directly from the admin interface, without any programming knowledge. Use any font from Google Fonts with one click.
In our release 3.82.2, 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 Team and Corporate subscription levels, and can be found in the new “Styles” tab in Theme Settings, when you are using the Default SEO Theme.


Theme Settings - Theme Styles Live Blog


Post scheduling

This update adds a new publishing time selector to the blog editor, which allows users to plan their content distribution with more precision than ever. In addition, we’ve added a new panel that neatly organizes your scheduled posts.

Other features

  • The ability to show or hide Instagram embed descriptions
  • Setting to remove timestamp in pinned posts
  • Theme dropdown selector to blog creation screen
  • Reinforced publishing mechanism in case of external hosting interruptions
  • Strengthened syndication mechanism
  • Modal dialog UI for shared posts
  • New tests for hardware impact on performance and publishing
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


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.


Happy Live Blogging!

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November 1, 2021

How to use Live Blog’s SEO features

How to use Live Blog’s SEO features

by Helmy Giacoman |  November  1, 2021

One of the key advantages of having a live blog for digital publishers is the SEO boost that real-time news coverage provides. In this post we look at the technical side of SEO in our Live Blog platform and explain how you can make the most of this in your settings and on your website.

Part 1:  ESI and SEO

First, let’s take a look at what Live Blog is, and how it relates to your other content. In essence, Live Blog is a curated timeline of news updates marked with a timestamp. In technical terms it is a group of HTML elements that can be embedded into third-party websites by using an embed code, which takes care of loading that curated timeline of news into the host website.

To host their live blog, many publishers use an iFrame embed code – an HTML element that is used to insert content from a third-party source – which is the quickest way to integrate content from Live Blog into their website. For users coming to the host website, there is no visible difference between Live Blog and any other content.

Here is an example iFrame embed code:

<script src="https://test.liveblog.pro/embed.js" defer></script>
<iframe id="liveblog-iframe" width="100%" scrolling="no" 
data-responsive="yes" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

For search engines, however, the iFrame element (officially called an Inline FRAME) used by default by Live Blog makes the content unreadable and, as a result, does nothing to improve the quality and quantity of your website traffic. That’s because the iFrame is like an envelope, and the Live Blog is like the letter inside. If you want the postal service (i.e. search engines) to read the letter, you have to provide them specific instructions to do so.

The way we recommend to open the envelope and present the letter is by activating the Live Blog advanced ESI (edge-side include) feature  in your theme settings.

To activate the ESI option, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Live Blog instance and click on the burger menu on the top left to open the “Theme Manager.” 
  2. Open the “Settings” dialogue of your theme (based on the default theme) and switch on the option to “Optimise the Live Blog output for ESI.” 
  3. Your output will now be rendered in a way that it can be included right into your webpages making use of ESI technology. Please note that if switching on this option, the output will not work properly as a normal iFrame embed anymore, since we are removing some markup from the output that is required for this purpose. 

After switching on the rendering for ESI, the markup of the “LIVE” output will change and editors can copy the respective URL and put it into their articles to be handled by ESI. The URL can be found in your general settings under “embed code” and look will something like this:

<script src="https://test.liveblog.pro/embed.js" async defer></script> 
<esi:include src="http://test.liveblog.pro/lb-test/blogs/6172fcbdab5f4af0268694e2/index.html"/>

Part 2: Configuring your servers

Now comes the more technical part. Many websites use a caching engine – such as Varnish – which sits in front of a server to deliver content and balance load. After toggling on the ESI embed feature in your Live Blog instance, the next step is to work with your infrastructure team to configure the backend of your website, including any caching engine, to recognize this ESI content. 

Fortunately, most developers will be able to do this rather quickly. But If you need tips or have other questions about Live Blog, get in touch with our support team at the Live Blog help desk.

Looking for a better live blogging solution? Try out Live Blog from Sourcefabric for seven days free, no strings attached. Get your trial version here.

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August 4, 2021

Reaching Readers in Germany with Live Blog Pro

Live Blogging Bavaria

by Gregory Bruno |  August 4, 2021

When news breaks in the German state of Bavaria, there’s a good chance Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) has broken it. And when PNP’s news reaches its audience, there’s also a good chance that it was delivered via Live Blog, Sourcefabric’s professional live-blogging software.

Since 2017, PNP has been using Live Blog to report the events of the day. What attracted PNP’s editors to the platform was its ease of use, and Sourcefabric’s commitment to data protection and an open-source ethos. But what has kept PNP a Live Blog customer is the platform’s ability to tag and deliver content to specific audiences, a feature that became essential during the pandemic.

Roland Mitterbauer

“Before Covid-19, we mainly used Live Blog for urgent reporting and breaking news, where the situation changes constantly,” like election nights, disasters, and important political stories, explains PNP Deputy Editor-in-Chief Roland Mitterbauer. “But during the coronavirus crisis, we began using Live Blog for long-term coverage for the first time,” a decision that was done out of necessity.

Because PNP’s coverage area is huge – as the largest German state by landmass, Bavaria makes up one-fifth of the country and is home to some 13 million people – PNP editors needed a way to segment content based on regions and topics. Covid-19 was (and remains) a global story that affects people differently by region. The delivery of news content, therefore, must be targeted. With filtering and tagging options built in, Live Blog makes this easy.

“Our cover area is large. To serve it, we maintain a single Covid-19 blog, but each post in this blog is tagged with a region so that we can offer single blogs for each region in our distribution area by using Live Blog’s features (such as social media integration and photo galleries). We include these features on regional special pages that are enriched with data journalism and include the live blogs as a textual supplement.”

PNP’s Live Blog use case is similar to Norway’s NTB news agency, which has adapted their instance of Live Blog to target audiences with greater precision. NTB has also configured their internal publishing systems to publish content directly to Live Blog, which editors there use to enhance breaking or live event coverage with feature stories and multimedia content. PNP has also tested integrating its publishing system with Live Blog, via RSS feeds, to make it easier to target content to content-specific blogs.

Even after Covid-19, PNP plans to continue experimenting with Live Blog as an additional resource for publishing and production. “We’ll be using Live Blog again for the federal election in September [2021],” Mitterbauer says. “Moreover, with the Live Blog Reporter app for Android and iOS, all our editorial teams have access to Live Blog and so they can report directly from their smartphones. Our claim as a local newspaper is to score with regional content in the federal election as well and to report on the elections in the region.” Live Blog stands ready to assist.

Looking for a better live blogging solution? Try out Live Blog from Sourcefabric for seven days free, no strings attached. Get your trial version here.

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June 21, 2021

Using Live Blog for Live Coverage of a Tech Product Launch

Using Live Blog for Live Coverage of a Tech Product Launch

by Gregory Bruno |  June 21, 2020

For tech titans, product launches are good theater, and great business. In 2020, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), an annual showcase of the company’s latest products and features, drew 23 million online viewers, dedicated fans who hung on every word before opening their wallets. 

Tech product launches are also good for news organisations, as gatherings like WWDC present opportunities for media outlets to reach new audiences. But for editors, product launch events can present a quandary. Does a new phone feature or fresh OS really warrant a feature story, or would a news brief, photo, or social media update suffice?

With Live Blog, editors don’t need to answer this question. That’s because a product launch can be covered by any combination of the above content, and then some.

Designed by journalists for journalists, Live Blog is jam-packed with features making coverage of product launches seamless for newsrooms, and endlessly engaging for audiences.

For instance, the Live Blog backend allows for easy post scheduling, a great feature if you’re covering an embargoed event or if you want to push out a post at a specific time – linked, say, to when a key speaker is scheduled to take the stage.

Published posts can also be individually shared to social media simply by mousing over the sharing arrow in the lower right corner of a post in your blog’s timeline. This makes it a breeze for readers to amplify your content and raise your blog’s profile. 

Live Blog is also great for teams. With no limit to the number of users, and with granular user access controls, privileges can be adjusted to ensure that only certain users have publishing rights. Team members can file their copy, photos, or videos directly to the blog’s backend, and editors can control what goes live, when.

Once published, users can even filter content based on tags, from oldest to newest, or vice versa. This allows readers to decide for themselves how they want to engage with your content. For live product launches, it might make most sense to see the oldest post first, reading the blog in chronological order without scrolling to the bottom and reading up. By contrast, readers of a Live Blog covering a sporting event might be interested only in the results, so seeing the newest post on top would make most sense.

Finally, Live Blog can be configured to ingest content from any CMS, making it easy to add Live Blog as a publishing channel. Using a third-party application called Integromat, you can create a webhook to automatically pull content into your Live Blog instance. This content can then be set to auto-publish to your Live Blog or require approval from an editor. At NTB, Norway’s leading news agency, editors on the Sports Desk use this feature to create a richer blog experience for their readers, supplementing live event coverage with in-depth features and analysis from the NTB wire. News organisations covering product launches could deploy a similar setup, taking their coverage to a new level.

Public product launches have been part of the tech business long before Apple made them synonymous with Silicon Valley. But while inventors like Alexander Graham Bell and Guglielmo Marconi organised events in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to present their communication devices (the telephone and wireless telegraphy, respectively), the reach for these gatherings was limited to the scientific and technical communities.

 If only they’d had a Live Blog.

Looking for a better live blogging solution? Try out Live Blog from Sourcefabric for seven days free, no strings attached. Get your trial version here.

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May 21, 2021

Live Blog: The ‘Missing Link’ for Norway’s Sports Fans

Live Blog: The ‘Missing Link’ for Norway’s Sports Fans

by Gregory Bruno |  May 21, 2020

Norwegians love live sports. In 2019, for instance, more than 1.2 million people – nearly a quarter of the country – tuned in to watch Norway dominate the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Norway won 25 medals that year; Germany, in second place, took home just nine).

For print and online news producers – in Norway and far beyond – live sporting events present a coverage quandary: how can their journalists deliver content that audiences want even as broadcasters deliver the action in real time to people’s living rooms? At NTB, Norway’s leading news agency, the answer lies in Live Blog.

NTB’s sports journalists have begun using Live Blog to supplement the news agency’s live event coverage blogs with in-depth analysis, multimedia, and long-form reporting. Terje Alstad, Head of Sports Data at NTB, says when done properly, a live blog provides content that broadcasters cannot.

“When you have photographers or journalists on site, they can send whatever they have into the Live Blog feed,” says Alstad. “For example, if a Norwegian skier was angry that he didn’t get a medal, our photographers might capture a photo of the guy throwing his helmet, which can give readers of the Live Blog fresh insight and on-the-ground colour.”

NTB Sports is also using Live Blog to share stories from the new agency’s wire that might be of interest to sports fans following live event coverage – like a regular article from the race, a feature story, or a photo essay.

Until now, live blogs played more of a supporting role in the news agency’s sports coverage. Data from the Norwegian Football Federation, for instance, is fed into NTB’s internal backend and delivered to clients as box scores and automated stories; Nettavisen, one of Norway’s most popular online news sites, uses NTB data to power its football live blog. But last year, after NTB set up an easy integration between Superdesk, the newsroom’s open-source CMS, and Live Blog, to report on the constant flow of Covid-19-related news, other desks within the news agency started to take notice. NTB’s Sports Desk has been among the most ardent converts.

Today, Alstad says NTB is delivering its enhanced sports Live Blog content to some of the country’s largest news publishers, including Nettavisen and Dagbladet. Even TV broadcasters have signed up. NTB is a “third party for TV 2,” says Alstad, meaning that NTB’s “reporters are choosing and sending stories to the broadcaster for inclusion in their live blog so that TV 2’s editors don’t have to.”

Alstad adds: “This integration between Superdesk and Live Blog has improved our sports coverage; it is kind of the missing link for our live blogs. Now, we can supplement our live event coverage with interviews and other stories, material that can be managed by editors on the desk. With this extra content capability, Live Blog’s usefulness has been extended.”

Looking for a better live blogging solution? Try out Live Blog from Sourcefabric for seven days free, no strings attached. Get your trial version here.

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April 28, 2021

Building New Real-Time News Products

Building New Real-Time News Products

by Gregory Bruno |  April 28, 2020

Since launching its Covid-19 Live Blog early last year, NTB, Norway’s leading news agency, has continued to integrate the live blogging platform into its editorial workflow.  

New Live Blogs have included a December 2020 feed to report on the aftermath of a massive landslide near Oslo, and another in January to report on the riots at the US capital.

For editors in Oslo, this has enabled more immersive storytelling, bringing clients and their readers richer content in a more efficient, streamlined process. 

“In the last year we’ve been a lot more focused on news bulletins and live coverage,” says NTB technology and development editor Magnus Aabech, who is spearheading the agency’s live blogging strategy. “The format itself has become really important for NTB based on client feedback. And, with the Superdesk-Live Blog integration that we launched in early 2020, we can give clients what they want in an easy-to-digest and publish format.”

Replicating Benefits: Building New Products and Services

Because the integration with Live Blog is CMS-agnostic – it can be configured with any content management system – news producers of any size can use the Live Blog platform in much the same way as NTB. For instance, if a news agency or other content creator was covering their region’s elections, stories from their CMS could be published to their Live Blog via an API, and this content could then be syndicated to subscribers as an extra service. 

This is exactly what the NTB Sports Desk is doing. During the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships this winter, an NTB reporter worked the event live, providing readers with real-time coverage of the races and events. Editors, meanwhile, were able to feed the Live Blog with articles and features sent directly from the CMS. And because Live Blog enables multiple users to work together on a single blog, NTB’s photographers were able to file their pictures directly to the Live Blog, providing on-the-ground insights that not even the television networks could manage. 

Together, this collection of live updates, fresh photos, and in-depth reporting gave readers comprehensive coverage of one of skiing’s most important annual events. It also became another product NTB offers its customers.

“The Live Blog integration with our CMS has given us a new area of publishing capability,” says Aabech. “Live Blog is customisable and can do a lot of the work for us. Even internally, it’s been a great way to get people to think more visually about the content we distribute.”

NTB’s Live Blog Journey

When the coronavirus pandemic hit Norway, NTB turned to Live Blog as a means to distribute content quickly and in a more targeted fashion. As Norway’s biggest news agency, NTB’s bread and butter is short wire reports and breaking news, content that was being produced at a rapid clip during the height of the outbreak. But most of NTB’s clients – newspapers, news websites, and other traditional publishers – could only make use of a fraction of the agency’s output. There were simply too many stories on the wire for a news publisher to slot into their website in real-time.

To solve this challenge, NTB technologists, working with Sourcefabric, developed a simple configuration to connect Superdesk, the newsroom’s CMS, with Live Blog, our professional live blogging platform. The goal was to make it easy for NTB’s content users to integrate curated blog feeds into their own website, eliminating the need to trawl the NTB wire and update content throughout the day. Clients could either embed the NTB Live Blog feed directly into their website, or, by using an API, adjust the look and feel of the NTB Live Blog to match their own visual brand.

“Live Blog has allowed us to provide our clients and subscribers with richer content, mixing photos, graphics, and visually driven elements in a single feed,” says Aabech. “It’s really been a great way to tailor content to our clients’ needs, and to find new ways to deliver our journalism.”

To do more with less, news organisations need tools that increase efficiencies and streamline content output. Tools like Live Blog can help.

Looking for a better live blogging solution? Try out Live Blog from Sourcefabric for seven days free, no strings attached. Get your trial version here.

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April 7, 2021

Editor’s Pick: Our Top 6 Events to Live Blog in Spring and Summer 2021

Editor’s Pick: Our Top 6 Events to Live Blog in Spring and Summer 2021

by The Live Blog Team |  April 7, 2020

For live blogging, one of the key success factors is planning ahead. That’s become challenging in these pandemic times in general, but especially now, as we come up to the spring and summer festival season. The curated timelines and social media integration of live blogs would offer the perfect digital format to cover these live eventsthat is, if we could answer one question.

What will our favourite music festivals, cultural festivals and sporting events be like in 2021?

As some parts of the world cautiously begin to re-open, much remains uncertain. Some events may be held online on the same dates as before, while others may be postponed to later in the year, in hopes of having a smaller in-person event: for example, The Chelsea Flower Show in London has been moved from spring to fall for the first time in its 100 year+ history. Several cultural festivals, such as the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark and Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland, have not yet committed to the form that their events will take this year.  

But even if plans change at the last minute, you can cover live events with Live Blog with confidence, thanks to features like post scheduling and flexible collaboration with multiple team members.

Ready to dive in? Here are our top 6 events to live blog this spring and summer, whether online or in the real world. 

25 April: The Oscars

One of Hollywood’s headline events, with awards for feature films and documentaries from the US film industry and abroad, the 93rd Oscars will air live on American television on the last Sunday in April.

30 April – 1 May: Kentucky Derby 

While last year’s horse racing event was cancelled because of COVID-19, this year the event will take place on the first Saturday May as usual, albeit with very limited seating. The race will also be broadcast live.

26 June – 3 July: Roskilde Music Festival 

As of this writing, the organisers were still planning to hold the event, one of Europe’s top summer music festivals, likely with limited attendance, testing requirements and additional hygiene measures.

6-17 July: Cannes Film Festival 

Usually held in May, this year the premier international film festival will take place in the summer. As it is more of a film-industry event than one for the public, it will not be accessible online.

23 July to 8 August 2021: 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics 

Postponed by one year, one of the measures taken by the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics against COVID-19 was to ban spectators from abroad. As usual, however, most of the events will be broadcast on television.

06 – 30 August: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is open to anyone who wants to perform at a venue willing to host them can take their turn acting, singing, dancing or expressing themselves in some other way. Like an open-source movement for culture, the Edinburgh festival has inspired similar “fringes” all over the world. This year’s event in Scotland was still in the planning stages as of this writing.

 Looking for a better live blogging solution? Try out Live Blog from Sourcefabric for seven days free, no strings attached.

Get your trial version here.

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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.

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