chapter  8
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Real-Time Online Reporting: Best Practices for Live Blogging

ByNeil Thurman

Real-time online reporting has a history that can be measured in decades. Britain’s Guardian newspaper was covering live soccer matches on its website as early as 1999 (Thurman and Walters 2013, 99). That story-a “minute-by-minute” report on Manchester United’s game against Arsenal on February 17-was an early example of what, over recent years, has become a common and popular way for journalists to cover not only sport and other scheduled events, such as festivals and awards ceremonies, but also breaking news and ongoing political stories.