Live Blog presents two different interfaces: one for the reader, and one for the journalist.
The reader sees the results of your live-blogging work as a timeline on your website, with the latest items at the top. New items appear immediately, without needing to refresh the page.
The timeline created by Live Blog can be embedded wherever you choose on your site, and can be styled to fit seamlessly with the rest of your content.
A busy live blog can end up containing a large number of items. This can make it difficult for readers to get an overview of the content without having to do a lot of scrolling. Live Blog enables journalists and editors to 'wrap up' their posts into sections when a natural break occurs. If you are live-blogging from an afternoon of horse racing, for example, you can use wrap-ups to organise the posts you and your colleagues made during each race.
Wrapped sections appear as sub-headings with a plus sign next to them, inviting the reader to click and reveal the hidden posts.
Once clicked, the plus sign turns to a minus, and the items contained within the wrap-up section are displayed.
Find out how to create wrap-up sections in the chapter Creating content and using sources.
Another handy feature of Live Blog is that every post in the public timeline is formatted as an HTML anchor, meaning that readers can share and link directly to any individual post. When the mouse pointer is moved over a post, a share widget appears in its top-right corner. If the reader then clicks on Share, icons for popular social media sites and email are revealed.
Readers who would like to copy the post's URL manually can do so by right-clicking on the chain icon and using their web browser's context menu to copy the link location to their clipboard.
The journalist's view of Live Blog is a dashboard where content is originated or sourced, and then published in the live stream.
The interface consists of two panes in your web browser window. The left pane organises your content sources, while the right pane contains the live blog's timeline, into which items are dragged and published.
This timeline is very similar to what the reader sees, but has features for journalists and editors such as the ability to edit, publish, unpublish and delete posts, and to add comments and headings to them.
The chapters Creating content and using sources and Using the timeline detail the publishing process.
Only authorised users can access the journalist's view of Live Blog. User accounts are set up by the system administrator.
Live blogs are much more interesting for readers if they contain a variety of voices rather than a monologue. With Live Blog, many individual contributors can be logged into the journalist's interface simultaneously, adding fresh content and helping to increase the pace of posting.
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