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Live blogs, sources, and objectivity: The contradictions of real-time online reporting
The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies (2016)
  • Neil J Thurman
  • Aljosha Karim Schapals
Abstract
Live blogs, also known as live pages or streams, allow journalists to report on events, including breaking news stories, as they happen. Their prevalence and popularity make them an important format, through which many of the developments in contemporary journalism can be observed and analysed. Using the Egyptian revolution of 2011 as a case study, we carried out a large-scale content analysis across six national UK news publishers, to analyse the differences and similarities between live blogs (n=75), traditional online news articles (n=842), and print articles (n=148). The findings reveal significant differences, for example the extent to which live blogs quote their sources directly and, also, rely on previously-published media reports as a source. The findings demonstrate how, with the expansion of real-time online reporting, journalism may be becoming more transparent yet also more reflexive; prompting, perhaps, reassessments and even redefinitions of media plurality and journalistic objectivity.
Keywords
  • live blogs,
  • live blogging,
  • sourcing practices,
  • online journalism,
  • forms of news
Publication Date
October 20, 2016
Editor
Bob Franklin, Scott Eldridge II
Publisher
Routledge
ISBN
9781138887961
Citation Information
Neil J Thurman and Aljosha Karim Schapals. "Live blogs, sources, and objectivity: The contradictions of real-time online reporting" The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/neil_thurman/16/