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Live Blog


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A live blog provides comments by one or more editors attending an event. Comments tend to be short and include the authors' bylines. To build a live blog you create the container, and then post comments to the container.

Live blogs can belong to a section or a package.


Creating a live blog

A live blog is a container for live blog posts. You must first publish a live blog before editors can post comments to it.

To create a live blog:

  1. In the header, click add.
  2. From the Create list, select Live Blog. A content edit page appears.
  3. Enter a Headline and Subheadline. These fields will be public.
  4. Under a URL Slug, or retain the default, which is auto-populated from the Headline field.
  5. Under Authors, click add_circle_outline, then add one or multiple authors who are contributing to the live blog, or create a new one.
  6. Under Lead, click the selection field, then do one of the following:
    • Click Image to add an image as a lead, then search for an existing image, or create a new one. See Images for more information.
    • Click Video to add a video as a lead, then search for an existing video, or create a new one. See Videos for more information.
  7. Under What You Need To Know, choose either One-Off or Shared. This field provides a summary for visitors to the live blog.
    1. Click One-Off to make an embedded What You Need To Know body.
    2. Click Shared to search for an existing What You Need To Know body, or create a new one.

      Live blog - What you need to know.png

  8. In the Body field, enter text for the live blog.
  9. In the Section field, do one of the following:

    1. Click the selection field to add this live blog to an existing section.
    2. Click search to open a content picker where you can search for an existing section, or create a new one.
  10. In the Tag field, click add_circle_outline . A selection field appears. Then, do one of the following:

    • Click the selection field to add an existing tag.
    • Click search to open a content picker where you can search for an existing tag, or create a new one.
  11. Set your Embargo settings. See Setting an Embargo for more information.
  12. In the Live Event field, do the following:
    • Select Automatic to automatically retain the live blog's live status.
      • In the Hours Before Blog Is Not Live field, add a number between 1-24, which represents the number of hours after which the live blog will no longer display as Live.

        Live blog timer.png

    • Select Manual to manually set an Expiration Date, after which the live blog will no longer display as Live.
  13. If this live blog is sponsored, expand the Sponsor field and select the appropriate sponsor, or create a new one.
  14. Click Publish.

Brightspot publishes the live blog, and editors can post comments to it.


Adding live blog posts

To add a post to a live blog:

  1. Open the live blog in the content edit form.
  2. In the New Blog Post widget in the right rail, click Create and Edit Posts.

    Live blog post widget.png

    Brightspot displays a content edit form for adding a post to the live blog, as well as a Live Posts widget that lists posts already published.

    Content edit form for live blog post
    Adding a new blog post to a live blog

  3. Compose the live blog post, and click Publish.
  4. Click Refresh to see the new post in the Live Posts widget.
  5. Click New Post to add additional posts.
  6. Click Back to Live Blog to return to the live blog.

Editing a live blog post

To edit a live blog post:

  1. Open the live blog in the content edit form.
  2. In the New Blog Post widget, click Create and Edit Posts.

    Brightspot displays a form for adding a post to the live blog, as well as a Live Posts widget listing posts already published (see the previous illustration).

    Tip
    You can perform a number of functions from the left side of the live blog post panel.


    From the menu at the top:

    • Click New Post to open a new content edit form on the right to publish a new live blog post.
    • Click Refresh to refresh the feed of live blog posts.
    You can use the following filters to sort through live blog posts:

    • User—Defaults to live blog posts from Anyone; however, you can filter by live blog posts only you have written, live blog posts written by a specific User, or live blog posts written by a specific Role that is attributed to one or many users.
    • Status—Defaults to Any Status; however, you can filter by live blog posts that are in Draft, Published, Revision, or Archived status.
    • Search—A keyword search that queries the list for the values you enter.

  3. In the Live Posts widget, click the live post you want to update. Brightspot displays the live post in the content edit form.
  4. Modify the post.
  5. Click Publish.