When news companies started announcing that they would liveblog Whitney Houston’s funeral, there was some pushback from readers. Many people felt personal connections to Houston, and a liveblog was the best way to bring them into the event. Others worried that liveblogging an event as intimate and sensitive as a funeral would be tacky. But, done right, it doesn’t have to be. Plenty of Scribble clients covered the pop star’s funeral with tact and respect.
The CBC, having just launched its brand-new music site, dedicated its home page to its funeral liveblog. The public broadcaster enlisted several reporters to provide quotes from eulogies, some background info for the various speakers and a steady stream of photos and videos from the funeral.
The Globe and Mail provided photos, recaps and videos of the ceremony, along with lyrics from songs that were played. The Globe’s Madeleine White started the blog off with a lengthy post providing the expected itineary, rumours about guests (including Bobby Brown) and information about the burial.
Sky News covered the funeral from the UK, providing readers with plenty of photos and videos, and pulling in reports from NY Daily News reporters that were on the scene. It also pulled in comments and well-wishes from readers, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to participate in the event.