Liveblogging anniversaries

One of those things we all realize at some point is that we didn’t get to this without the “that” which came before it. In our context, news seldom lives in a vacuum. Journalism shouldn’t, either. Check this out:

The Telegraph’s Laurence Dodds has an unusual claim to fame: he has liveblogged not just one, but four, historical anniversaries: the fall of the Berlin Wall; the funeral of Winston Churchill; the anniversary of Waterloo; and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Anniversary liveblogging is a particularly under-recognised sub-genre which can be enormously successful, and yet there’s very little written about it.

So I asked Laurence what it involved, and what he’s learned from his experiences.

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