by Greg Bruno | Jan 20, 2020
News & Updates
January 20, 2020
Mobile Blogging with the Live Blog Reporter App
In the modern media landscape, audiences expect news when it happens. Live blogs are one of the fastest ways to deliver it, and with our mobile blogging tool, updating readers has never been easier.
In this post (and in the video below) we’re going to demonstrate how to set up and use the Live Blog Reporter App, which gives your blog writers the ability to write and file from anywhere.
We recently tested the app at a pro-democracy protest in Prague to show you how convenient mobile live blogging can be.
1st Step: Install the Reporter App
The first step is to install the Reporter App on the mobile device you want to work from. Search for “Live Blog Reporter” in the iOS or Google Play app stores. Once you’ve got the app on your device, make sure you’re registered as a user and team member for the Live Blog you want to work on. And, if you need a Live Blog instance, visit liveblog.pro to try Live Blog for free.
Once your account is up and running, the next step is to log into the app. On the app’s home screen enter the URL of your Live Blog instance, your username, and your password. Now, locate the blog you want to work on from your organisation’s Blog List. You can only work on blog’s that are bolded; if a name is greyed out it means you don’t have access.
For this tutorial we’ll walk you through how to post images and videos shot from your device to your Live Blog timeline. We’re using images and videos that we took at a huge protest in Prague’s Letna Park in November 2019.
Step 2: Upload an image along with text
When you log into your Live Blog, you’ll be directed to the Editor pane by default. To post an image along with our text, click the “Image” icon on the app’s menu bar. Then select an image from your device’s gallery. Add a description and author information. Finally, save your work by clicking the “check mark” in the upper right-hand corner of the Editor window.
Step 3: Add additional elements
If you want to add additional elements to the post – whether it’s text, images, or videos – click the “plus” sign below the image you just upload.
Once you’re happy with your post, you can either save it as a “Draft” – a helpful option if you are in an area with weak Internet connectivity – “Submit” it for editorial approval based on your organisation’s workflow, or “Publish” it directly to your Live Blog’s timeline. To see your post in its published form, click the “Timeline” tab at the top of the app. Or visit your blog on the Web.
You can also “Delete,” “Unpublish” or “Edit” a post simply by clicking on it from the “Timeline” view within the App.
And there you have it. Live blogging on the go is as easy as it’s ever been with the Live Blog Reporter App. For more Live Blog tutorials, check out our YouTube channel or visit us at liveblog.pro.
December 19, 2019
Introducing Live Blog 3.7
by Todd Jatras | December 17, 2019
With the release of version 3.7, Live Blog users now have greater control over the management of their content: how they track, syndicate, and even delete it. Ease of use and seamless integration with newsroom workflows has never been better with the industry’s leading live blogging platform.
Live Blog’s new tagging functionality allows editors to apply single or multiple tags to a blog post and filter content based on those tags. Creating syndication models and output channels with new this new feature makes it easier than ever to identify and share blogs between news organisations.
If you’ve ever hit the delete button and immediately regretted it, you need no longer worry about accidentally losing content. Deleted blogs will no longer vanish instantly, but will stay in the “trash” for three days by default.
Live Blog 3.7 also features a new Global Settings section where you can conveniently manage all Live Blog general configurations. We’ve implemented a new setting that allows you to adjust the default privacy status for YouTube video uploads, and that can be conveniently accessed here.
To see the full rundown of 3.7 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 9, 2019
Win More Readers with Custom Posts for Covering Sports
by Todd Jatras | October 8, 2019
All good journalism answers the 5 Ws: who, what, where, when and why. When it comes to covering sports, “how much?” or “how many?” is the other big question that preoccupies fans. Your live blog can cover all the bases: helping fans keep track of their favourite players on and off the field, along with the points they score in the game.
We recently enhanced Live Blog’s coverage options for sports with custom posts to report on football player transfers, as well as the score in tennis matches.
The two main transfer windows during the year for European football, at the start of the year and again in summer, are ideal times to start a live blog for player trades. You can also get creative and use Live Blog for a variety of other real-time updates on matches, players and league standings.
For tennis matches, we have a new custom post that highlights the players in the match as well as letting you update the score in real time.
And this is just a sampling of the creative options available for covering sports. Another possibility, if you cover the American sports leagues, would be to have a custom post type for the draft season in basketball or American football. (For the technical details of creating your own custom post types, see the documentation on our wiki.)
And for more tips on how to make the best use of Live Blog’s scorecard for any sporting event, you can read this blog post or watch this short video.
August 7, 2019
Key Features of the Live Blog Reporter Mobile App
by Todd Jatras | Aug 7, 2019
Today’s journalists are on the move more than ever and require as much flexibility as possible in publishing their coverage of live news events. That’s why we’ve updated our Live Blog Reporter app with new features designed to enhance the blogging experience, and for greater integration with newsroom workflows.
If you’re new to Live Blog, you’ll still need to set up your blogging presence on a computer, but after that quick process, most reporting tasks can be handled with ease from a mobile device.
Download the Live Blog Reporter App (newly updated for Android and iOS) onto any connected mobile device and you’ll be able to effortlessly manage, publish and edit all of your blogs while on the go.
Let’s have a look at the great new features:
Reporter now supports direct-to-YouTube video uploads, which will expedite the video-posting process, making videos shot in the field immediately accessible to your whole team.
Another cool feature: posts can be saved as offline drafts and published later, a useful option when working in areas with limited or no internet connectivity. Journalists’ posts can either be published directly or sent to editors for approval.
- App users can now access their Live Blog timeline to edit existing posts
- Users can pin and highlight posts directly in the app
- A new post type for coverage of sporting events (availability of this feature depends on the user’s subscription plan)
- A faster log-in process. In the past some users had to insert a specialised URL like dpa-api.liveblog.pro in order to log in. Now, after we updated to the new version, this -api was deprecated, and they just need to insert the instance name, i.e dpa.liveblog.pro
May 8, 2019
Ending the Endless Upload: Add Videos to Your Blog Up to 40% Faster with Live Blog 3.6
by Gregory Bruno | May 8, 2019
For many bloggers, video is the pièce de résistance. Competition for eyeballs online is fierce, and relevant video content is often the difference between clicks on your posts or on someone else’s. When slow upload speeds frustrate the proceedings, potential audiences go elsewhere.
Previous versions of Live Blog required users to toggle between metadata, processing steps, and cross-posting. But after much hard work, Live Blog version 3.6 has streamlined this process. With this beta release, direct video uploads to YouTube can now be managed directly from the Live Blog editor, meaning that seconds once lost to agonizingly-slow upload speeds can now be spent actually blogging.
“Videos are among the most popular pieces of content on our clients’ blogs, but until the rollout of 3.6, users needed to juggle two systems to get their videos published. No longer,” said Live Blog product manager Evgeny Deulin. “By enabling direct uploading to YouTube, Live Blog users will see their videos published and viewable faster than ever.”
We wanted to quantify just how much extra time this new feature would save bloggers. So, after creating a blog in our in-house testing platform, we hit start on the stopwatch and began uploading a 17 second, 34.5 MB snowboarding video of yours truly (which will remain forever hidden for vanity reasons). In our test it took about two minutes for the full video to process via the new beta uploader, and after attaching a quick headline and description, we were able to share it with colleagues in under three minutes (2:55).
We then compared this with the amount of time spent uploading, tagging, and publishing of the same video to YouTube (with the same stopwatch running), followed by embedding to our Live Blog demo instance. From start to finish, that two-step process took more than five minutes (5:17) to complete. Bottom line: when it comes to publishing videos on your blog, Live Blog 3.6 can slash upload times by more than 40%.
Version 3.6 comes with several additional bug fixes and performance improvements; you can see the full changelog and list of fixes here. We have also prepared a how-to guide on how to connect a Live Blog instance to your YouTube account.
November 7, 2018
Notable Platform for SaaS Reviews Delights Live Blog with 2 Blog Software Titles
by Sarah Wilson | November 6, 2018
With its slick advertising interface, and plenty of features for keeping your feed rich and engaging, we at Sourcefabric believe that Live Blog is the perfect tool for journalists covering live, or ongoing, events. But we’re not the only ones. We’re delighted that FinancesOnline has awarded us with the “Great User Experience” and “Rising Star” certificates in a glowing Live Blog features review published on their site in October.
The review covered several aspects of Live Blog, including benefits like content portability and the software’s optimisation for mobile platforms, allowing journalists to update audiences even while on the go.
Aside from comparing us against the best blog software in the market, FinancesOnline also illustrated the challenges that Live Blog can solve for journalists. This included monetising live blogs, with integration of native remote ads, as well as “slow blogs”; a concept which involves covering a certain topic over a long period of time. DPA, one of our Live Blog customers, has utilised this capability to cover all manner of subjects, from weird, offbeat news stories to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
The review also highlighted Live Blog’s “SEO Default Theme”, a tool that makes the content of your live blog more visible in web searches, therefore bringing extra traffic to your page. Live Blog’s efficiency in improving one’s blog strategies as well as its open-source codebase were a talking point for FinancesOnline, giving journalists all the tools specific and unique to their work while eliminating anything they don’t need.
Overall, the reviewers at FinancesOnline were impressed with Live blog, calling it “fast, intuitive and flexible, letting journalists do their best when they arrive on the scene”. If you’d like to try it out for yourself, head over to our website for a free demo – and get live blogging today.
October 26, 2018
DPA, Hamburger Morgenpost and Live Blog join forces for the ESLOne Hamburg
by Sarah Wilson | October 25, 2018
You might have watched live football, tennis or rugby. But have you ever been a spectator of e-sport? If not, you’ve got a chance to join 20,000 others this weekend (26th-28th October) who will be tuning into coverage of the ESLOne Hamburg – a Dota2 e-sports championship.
We’re delighted to announce that for this year’s event, Germany’s biggest news agency, DPA, and the Hamburger Morgenpost will be using Live Blog to keep fans engaged with minute-by-minute updates on the tournament.
The popularity of e-sports has been growing over the past few years, with huge events held across the world, from Seoul to L.A. Prize pools for winners reach as high as $18 million, and as video game technology improves year on year, viewing numbers only look set to increase.
The game played varies from tournament to tournament, and at this year’s Hamburg event, players will be battling it out playing Dota2, a multiplayer online battle area in which the aim is for a team to successfully destroy a large structure in the other team’s base camp, known as the “Ancient”.
The Live Blog team have prepared to accommodate traffic from thousands of viewers, and visitors to the feed can expect pictures, videos, social media updates and minute-by-minute commentary on the movement and gains of players in the match. Catch the Live Blog here, with updates starting at 12pm on Friday the 26th of October.
Interested in trying Live Blog for yourself? Sign up for a free demo here.