New Zealand’s news outlets were late to the live blogging party.

British news sites had been using live blogging successfully for around 18 months before it blossomed here during the election. Most UK newspapers and the BBC use it to great effect on their web sites.…

Live-blogging shines when skilled writers cover complex, unfolding news stories. It tends to be less useful dealing with scripted or structured events. There are times when it stinks.

Rarely a day goes by without a live-blog on one of the top UK newspapers or at the BBC website.…

Reporting share price movements in general news bulletins on television and radio is pointless.

Most viewers and listeners don’t care about individual share prices.

But the information is of no use to those who do care. Nobody is going to run out and buy or sell shares if the reporter says “Telecom is down two cents at $2.12”.…

I’m excited by South China Morning Post editor-in-chief Reg Chua’s effort to find the new building blocks of journalism.

In the print era, the news story was the basic block. Chua says stories are less valuable in a digital age and daily news stories have even less worth when readers come back to them at a later date.…