ScribbleLive Spotlight: Navy Yard Shooting, Concordia and Apple

The cold is setting in, the leaves are starting to turn and news websites are no longer filled with animal stories and holiday snaps – the summer is well and truly behind us. To help ease this painful transition, we’re bringing together five of the best real-time events from the last seven days for your viewing pleasure. Featured in this week’s ScribbleLive Spotlight are tragedy, a feat of engineering and Apple.

Navy Yard Shooting by WTOP

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On Monday a gunman entered Washington Naval Yard and launched a deadly attack on workers inside the compound killing 12 people, before he himself was shot dead. WTOP, the all-news radio station based out of Washington D.C., launched their live event with a tweet from the U.S. Navy confirming that shots had been fired at their headquarters. From that point their journalist built a narrative around the story, adding tweets from official sources and noise from other media their own on-the-ground reporting. It’s interesting to see how well they combined their traditional medium, radio, with digital as they peppered their live report with audio clips from their shows.

 

Raising the Costa Concordia by Reuters

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On Monday an international team began the gargantuan task of lifting the Costa Concordia cruise ship from the Italian seabed where it has lay since it ran aground in Tuscany in 2012. Reuters’ live coverage of the event is a master class in how to keep readers glued to their screens. They published the live video feed on the top of the page and below the line provided insightful text and audiovisual analysis and context but also created a space where readers could debate and interact with each other and Reuters journalists. The reporters patiently answered the questions that were directed to them and readers responded with effusive praise and gratitude for the coverage. Reading the discussions and comments, you get the impression that a special community was built over the two days and the Reuters moderator even thanked their readers at the end for their ‘comments, wisdom and humor.’ Brilliant.

 

Apple iPhone 5c by Fast Company

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Last week, the coverage from Apple’s iPhone event drove a record-breaking number of concurrent watchers on our liveblogs at one given time. Of the plethora of media organisations covering the launch, Fast Company’s stood out for its clear, sleek design and informative coverage. One key element to highlight is their exemplary use of the Live Article which they used to sum up the key information and package the most important images in a slideshow. This means that a reader clicking through to the page knows everything he needs to without having to sift through the live coverage itself.

 

Election Campaign by Spiegel Online

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The political machine is really ramping up in Germany as this year’s general election draws ever nearer and news organisations look for new ways to keep their readers informed. Last week, Spiegel Online launched a really innovative Scribble event—they had 20 of their reporters follow politicians from every party across the country for 10 hours straight. Their aim: to discover the real mood in the country, find out what issues are important to citizens and maybe uncover a political scoop along the way. The reporters interviewed people in the street, attended conferences and kept their finger firmly on the political pulse of the country. A great idea, excellently executed.

Ontario Press Council hearings on media coverage of Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his family by J-Source.ca

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Everyone needs a watchdog. The role that journalism plays in this regard is obvious, but who keeps an eye on the press? The answer to this question differs around the world, but in the case of Toronto-based newspapers The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, the answer is the Ontario Press Council. Last week, the council held public hearings about the Star’s coverage of the alleged video that shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking from what looks like a crack pipe and The Globe’s investigative work on councillor Doug Ford’s history with the drug trade. (That’s the mayor’s brother.)  The hearings came about as a result of complaints from the public, and the papers took the opportunity to explain the reason they covered the stories as well as the process behind reporting them. The J-Source liveblog of the hearings, as well as the roundup Article created using Scribble, are a fascinating look inside one of the most controversial stories in Toronto. It includes copies of emails sent from reporters to the Mayor’s office, and a debate with one of the complainants over the use of anonymous sources in journalism.

 

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