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UPDATE: This article has been updated on November 16 at 12:16 pm.

Welcome to the new age of cyberwarfare, in which armies liveblog deadly attacks, and even provide infographics. Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Facebook are among the weapons being mobilized by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in their campaign against Hamas and other militant groups, launched yesterday.

The IDF are using the verified Twitter account @IDFSpokesperson and the hashtags #IsraelUnderFire and #PillarOfDefense to communicate messages such as the “elimination” of Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari, the alleged number of rockets that have been fired at Israel from Gaza since the start of the strike, and claims regarding efforts to “minimize harm to Palestinian civilians.”


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Emma Knight


2012-11-15 17:14

It seems the political situation in Libya has reached a turning point. As Libyan rebels flood the capital, surrounding Gaddafi's compound and claiming to have captured his son Saif al-Islam, the world is watching, awaiting the outcome of this dramatic social upheaval.

The question for journalists is: how are we learning about the situation? Most likely, if you have gained your news from any major news site, you will have looked at a live blog.

Popular as live blogs are, they do raise some pertinent questions about journalistic methods and the value of practically instantaneous information.

One thing most reporters now believe is that traditional methods of collecting information, via foreign correspondents and contacts on the ground, must also be supplemented by social media. So much information is now distributed via social media that journalists can collect a much fuller picture of what is going on, from a greater number of sources, without even being on the scene.

Mark Johnson, Community Editor for The Economist, earlier tweeted:

"Am I alone in finding live blogs very frustrating on big news days? I want to know what's happened - not what's trending".


Katherine Travers


2011-08-22 18:12

In an effort to understand the changes to the NHS, The Guardian created a series of blog posts starting last April following the injection of the private sector into the National Health Service. The daily blog posts were updated routinely, aggregating podcasts, expert commentary, and government statements.

Last Thursday, Guardian journalist Rowenna Davis covered a baby girl's open-heart surgery in real time on the blog via Tweets and pictures sent from her phone. The little girl survived and the Twitter feed received a frenzy of feedback.

The blog described the object of the live-blogging experiment as to "describe how the NHS works", but not all readers agreed. One reader pointed out that documentaries have done the same thing before. Another wondered whether the piece was more voyeuristic than serious reporting.


Florence Pichon


2011-06-20 15:33

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