Some huge stories dominated the headlines this week. Readers around the world were captivated by a rare piece of good news as three missing women were found, alive, after a decade in captivity. On the other side of the Atlantic, sports fans were shocked when Sir Alex Ferguson — a man famed for chewing gum furiously, pointing at his watch in an agitated manner and winning lots and lots of trophies — announced his retirement from managing Manchester United. Both stories, and a few others, made it into this week’s ScribbleLive Spotlight.
- Ferguson’s last home game by Press Association
Last week, Alex Ferguson — a man who has managed Manchester United for 26 years — dropped the bombshell that he was retiring at the end of the season. Cue an outpouring of grief from the red half of Manchester (and the rest of their global fanbase), relief from their rivals and respect from everyone. On Sunday, Ferguson managed his last game at Old Trafford. PA’s real-time coverage captured the occasion, combining reports from the match itself with the reactions from social media from the great and the good of the sporting world. The liveblog also featured pictures and trivia from Ferguson’s reign, ensuring that the historic nature of the event wasn’t lost.
- Live Chat with Kim Dotcom by NZ Herald
One of the best things about Q&As is that readers are able to engage directly with the participant; to ask the questions they want and receive answers that are unfiltered. When these sort of Q&A sessions go well, they turn out like this one with Mega founder KimDotcom from the New Zealand Herald: clean, easy to read and—thanks to an interesting interviewee—pretty enlightening. They’re a great resource for the publication too: they can generate hype and traffic before, during and after the event, as well as a whole load of engagement. As the session was nearing a close, NZ Herald thanked their readers for their ‘hundreds’ of questions. Kim Dotcom seemed pretty thankful too.
- Amanda Berry Press Conference by The Globe and Mail
Sometimes a story is so powerful that it doesn’t require much from the journalist at all—just a clear tone and the ability to relate the facts in a dispassionate manner. That’s precisely the case here at the police press conference following the discovery of the three women in Cleveland who had been missing for a decade. Readers have an insatiable appetite for information in stories like these and the best the journalist can do is relate the facts as they come. No embellishment needed.
- Coverage of the Giro D’Italia by liveupdateguy
There’s something about cycling that provokes such fanaticism that it makes other sports look like little league, and that’s why sites like liveupdateguy (or LUG, as it’s affectionately known) exist. Charles Pelkey has years of live reporting experience under his belt, and it shows in his tireless coverage of this year’s Giro D’Italia. Every raceday has its own liveblog, and they are all embedded on the same page, one above the other, allowing fans—and I mean the true fanatics—to follow the action or relive the race from the very beginning. The content from each day is filled with detailed maps, infographics and racer times which are all bound together by Pelkey’s knowledgeable, slightly tongue-in-cheek analysis.
- Bad Teacher by La Stampa
For National Teacher’s Day, Slate launched a game with the hashtag #BadTeacher. With the end of year exams approaching in Italy, the national daily, La Stampa, took inspiration from its North American colleagues and launched a similar initiative — #profcrudeli — on its own site. La Stampa invited readers to share stories of their worst experiences with teachers. And what did they get? Well, what you would expect: a lot of reader comments and tweets outlining some pretty fishy pedagogic behaviour. They provided a space on their site and their readers responded.