You don't need any coding skills to start and run a Live Blog project. We set you up with short personal video training and have a number of fun tutorials to get you started. We also offer basic support throughout your project.
Live Blog is hosted in the cloud and managed (and paid for) by Sourcefabric. Generally, we sign you up for six months' hosting. If your project is longer, don't worry, tell us about it and we'll see what we can do.
With the <FWD:media> initiative, Sourcefabric offers a basic support package. This means a 2-4 hour start up training, including basic live reporting coaching if necessary.
Live Blog can be embedded in any website easily. We will guide you throughout your project. We breathe journalism and have experience in supporting live reporting worldwide.
Through our global community of partners, we give you access to advice and experience from seasoned organisations that can benefit all of us. We encourage discussion and mutual support and seek to continuously refine our software. We love hearing about improvement ideas from all members of the community.
We will provide you with ideas and tips for increasing the visibility and outreach of your project. We can help you develop your communication strategy and share our networks for outreach.
We want to work with all of you, but unfortunately we have to limit our scope by putting forth a few requirements. Here's a checklist to see if we're a good match.
|You have a journalistic or nonprofit project. We offer you a new collaborative storytelling tool to report live events or projects from the field. We’d like to see that you’ve thought about whether there’s a genuine match between Live Blog and your project and have a solid argument for why Live Blog can help.|
|You're working on the topics of independent media, social change, youth empowerment or humanitarian aid. These are the areas where we’d like to focus our efforts. If you are working on another type of social change project, please get in touch with us directly to talk more about possible avenues of support.|
|How long has your project or organisation been running? It's not always a problem if you're brand new, but it helps if we can see some proof that you are sustainable.|
|You are committed to actively using Live Blog for your project and have already allocated human and technical resources to produce content to feed the (blog)s.|
|You are willing to share your Live Blog experience with us. We are interested in telling your story and sharing your testimonial on how live reporting benefits your work.|
Check, check, check, check? It's a match! If that still sounds good, apply.
The first round of applications is now closed. Round 2 will open in May 2016. Come back! Meanwhile, you can see the winners of Round 1. If you have further questions, see our FAQs or get in touch.
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