Live Blogging from UNITY: Suggestions for Tools to Use?

This weekend I’ll be heading to Chicago to attend UNITY, a convention that’s held every four years for minority journalists. Members of the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Asian Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Native American Journalists and others gather at the convention to network and attend diversity-related workshops.

I’ll be live blogging for Poynter Online during the Diversity in the Digital Age workshop that Poynter is putting on Tuesday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 23. I’ve written Q&As with two of the participants (there are about 40 altogether). You can read a Q&A with Odette Keeley of New America Media here and a Q&A with The Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince here to familiarize yourself with the work they do.

I live blogged during the Nieman narrative journalism conference in March, though my “live blogging” consisted of me writing a blog post quickly and then publishing it immediately after the workshops I was covering had ended. This time, I’ll be using Cover It Live, which, like Twitter, posts your updates automatically. I plan to Twitter from the workshop as well, but I like the idea of being able to post longer updates that aren’t restricted to 140 characters. I’ve experimented with Tumblr and have read and written about Odeo, Qik, Seero and other tools but haven’t actually used them.

What other live blogging tools would you recommend I use?

If you’ve used Cover It Live, what did you like/not like about it?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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