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.


A series of links discussing the world in which we live

It is one big ol’ complex and rapidly evolving media environment out there. From time to time I grab a bunch of new pieces and group them together in the hopes that we might be able to make sense out of some of them. This is important, I think, because none of these things live in a vacuum. So we get a batch of interesting goodies, like the one below:

From earnings reports to baseball recaps, automation and algorithms are becoming a bigger part of the news

Instagram video ads called ‘highly efficient’ at 2 cents a view

John Kasich Takes Presidential Campaign to Snapchat with Bacon Filter Ad

There are two or three ridiculous facts you’ll want to share with others in that Kasich/Snapchat piece.

Meanwhile, what is going on with cable television? Cable news audience is evaporating, revenues are up and profit margins are, too.

And then, of course, the open questions that begin with “What does it all mean? How does it impact where you’re going? How can you make some good use out of these things for yourself?

The volume of your video

How much video is enough? How CNBC uses its deep TV bench for original Web video:

A 24-hour news network has no shortage of video it can repackage for the Web, but for CNBC, digital video increasingly means original content — though still starring plenty of its TV talent.

“Early on, a small percentage — maybe 10 percent — were original digital videos,” said Mike Senzon, executive producer for CNBC Digital Video. “I would say now it’s starting to become a 50-50 split.”

Altogether, CNBC’s digital arm publishes close to 200 videos a day and roughly 4,000 a month, according to a company spokesperson. These videos are available on and the network’s mobile and streaming TV apps, as well as across a wide variety of third-party distribution platforms including AOL, MSN, Hulu, Yahoo Finance, Facebook and YouTube.

The Daily Mirror, a British tabloid, told me this summer they are producing about 100 videos per day, and that they are shooting 10 to 20 per day themselves. In those videos the goal is to show few talking heads because video is the story. Their plan is to show people in action.

What’s your plan? How many videos is feasible in your newsroom?