ScribbleLive Spotlight: The Queen, Sharks and Water

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This ScribbleLive Spotlight series is intended to inspire real-time storytellers to use our platform in innovative and imaginative ways by showcasing some of the best events produced across our network. This week, we’re taking you even further down the rabbit hole as the variety of events should really make you think about what ‘real-time’ means. Expect some shark trivia and an inexperienced royal who is set to make history.

  • The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by CPAC

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

CPAC’s liveblog strikes a particular chord as our London offices are a stone’s throw away from Westminster Abbey where crowds have gathered for the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Straining the concept of ‘real-time’ to breaking point, this editorial team in Canada have recreated the coronation as it happened in 1953. Grainy colour photos accompany list of attendees and even the psalms that were sung as the Queen entered the abbey are published. It’s a fantastic recreation of a historical event with the aid of new media: the original supplement to the ceremony from 1953 is published on the liveblog in full (using Scribd) as are tweets from people following the coverage. It pushes the boundaries real-time storytelling and shows off the best of ScribbleLive.

Anybody for a quote? They hardly come bigger than this:

Archbishop: Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and the other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective laws and customs?

Queen: I solemnly promise so to do.

Telefon Demo  Frau Merkel  retten Sie unser Wasser    Telefonaktion   Campact

From history to campaigning, this is another example of how to use Scribble beyond conventional news reporting. With plans for the privatisation of municipal water supplies gaining traction in the EU, Campact set up a telephone campaign to communicate to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that their supporters were strongly against this ‘commoditisation’ of water. Rather than just have the campaign on its own, they also launched a ScribbleLive event and invited people to share the experiences of their phone calls to the government. Some said the people on the end of the line were pleasant, while others were told they had the wrong number, but the initiative allowed campaigners to communicate with each other and, importantly, let the organisation know how the action was going. Smart!

  • Q and A with a shark scientist by NZ Herald


I love this live chat, especially because it highlights that you don’t have to be a celebrity or a sports start to produce a great Q and A. There are so many interesting people out there with fascinating jobs that most people know nothing about – invite them to your newsroom and get them interacting with your readers. The use of the discussion feature makes the chat look neat, but the real winner in this example is the content which ranges from the serious (“At the rate it’s going, could they (sharks) become extinct?”) to the urban-myth-tackling (see above). I know, I can’t believe that the jab to the nose really works either!

Kyle Eastwood à Jazz à Roland Garros   Site Fip

ScribbleLive and jazz? Yes, indeed! Fip Radio caught up with Kyle Eastwood (yes, that Eastwood’s son) in Paris and spent the day with him before his evening concert at the ‘Jazz à Roland Garros’ festival. They chit-chatted with him about tennis – apparently he’s torn between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe for his favourite player – and then filled the live event with images of his concentrated jazz-playing face. One of the main reasons I like this event so much is this Vine video (what, you didn’t know you could integrate Vines in Scribble events?). Who knew jazz and Vine made such a great couple?

The QP Clip  When the government became the opposition   Capital Read  Need to know  Nick Taylor Vaisey

This is slightly skewing the idea of ‘real time’, but, well, that’s what we’re all about. It has been a month since we introduced our new Article feature and it’s about time that we started showcasing how our clients have been using it. Articles are designed to help streamline the workload in busy newsrooms. You’ve covered an event in real-time but want to write a separate static piece on it too – it seems silly not make use some of the great content you’ve already created and curated. That’s (one of the reasons) why Articles exist, and that’s exactly how Nick Taylor-Vaisey used them. Macleans had already ran a live event on the on the Senate crisis so all that was left to do was write the analysis and pull in the best bits from the liveblog. They then don’t waste any time searching through Twitter for the best tweets: they can just drag and drop them from their event. It makes a lot of sense.

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