Liveblog spotlight: Five blogs from this week

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Every Friday, you will be able to see five great examples of liveblogs run by our clients in our new series “Liveblog spotlight.” This week, our clients helped wannabe writers navigate revision letters, spoke to a Supreme Court Justice, followed breaking news in Greater Manchester, debated home networks over cable subscriptions, and discussed the NHL lockout…

As the predecessor to Harlequin and Mills & Boon’s So You Think You Can Write contest, the publishing powerhouses launched a 5-day, online boot camp. Day four’s theme – Revising, critiquing and grammar – included a few blog posts and live chats, including: How to tackle those pesky revisions.

Elizabeth Mazer, an editor with Harlequin for more than five years, attended the chat along with guest authors. Mazer and the authors answered questions about revising manuscripts and the much-feared revision letter.

To avoid frustration from the public queued to ask the experts questions, Harlequin pinned a post to the top of their liveblog, which read: “If you have a line-specific question that the editors here aren’t familiar with, you have the option to visit our Meet the Editors discussion and ask your question there.” This allowed users to participate in the discussion most relevant to their questions.

After learned that more and more Canadians don’t want to pay high cable fees, the company held a liveblog to help Canadians learn how to set up their own home networks. Patrick O’Rourke,’s technology editor, and Phil Pownall, from a company that helps users shift from cable to home networks, answered questions from the public.

“There has been a dramatic increase over the last 3 years,” said Pownall during the discussion. “Many, many people are dissatisfied with their current Cable/Satellite TV packages, and more and more Canadians are accessing media over the net.”

Most of the discussion revolved around the prices versus the quality of television content. Many people also signed on to find out where they could watch specialty sports online.

Although the chat left participants to draw their own conclusions, it ended on a positive note: “Enjoy the new fall season — however you watch,” wrote Ruth Dunley, the chat moderator.

When two unarmed female police officers were killed in Greater Manchester, Chris Attridge from the Press Association liveblogged about the incident as events unfolded. MSN UK, using ScribbleLive’s new Syndication Marketplace, syndicated the PA content in real time to make the coverage available to its readers.

Followers learned that Dale Cregan, 29, allegedly killed the two cops while they were attending to a “routine incident.” Cregan surrendered to police in Hattersley shortly afterwards, reported Attridge. He was known to police in connection with the deaths of a father and son.

Attridge pinned the most relevant information to the top of the liveblog, allowing visitors to see the most important facts first. He provided context by blogging reactions from officials, such as the Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable, Gerry Shewan: “A long and dark shadow has been cast across Greater Manchester and my thoughts are with the officers’ family, friends and colleagues. We will be doing everything we can to support them over the coming days and weeks.”

Reuters did not just host your average Q&A this week. Instead, the organization invited Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to its headquarters and let its readers ask the questions – via the moderator, Reuters’ Editor-in-chief Stephen Adler.

Readers could follow the liveblog of the Q&A and post their questions in a submission box for a chance to have them answered by Justice Scalia. “Thanks for your questions. We have some excellent ones rolling in already. Keep them coming!” encouraged liveblogger Anthony Derosa.

The readers brought their best questions forward, asking:

1.) Should there be term limits for SCOTUS justices?

2.) Should justices use international jurisprudence in making decisions?

… and many more!


On the heel’s of the latest NHL lockout, the Detroit Free Press gave fans access to Red Wings writer Helene St. James to ask their questions about what the lockout meant for this year’s hockey season.

Readers did not waste any time and jumped right into the biggest question on their minds: how long will the lockout last? While St. James assured fans she thought it would be a short lockout, she did relay a disappointing prediction: no winter festival.

Despite the NHL lockout, St. James had some positive words for her readers: “Keep reading the Free Press, we’ll be continuing our daily coverage of the Red Wings.”

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