GEN Live Desk is a next-generation open source web tool to enable both individuals and teams to report live breaking news from anywhere, working only in a web browser.Launched at the 2012 World News Summit, GEN Live Desk is being developed by Sourcefabric for GEN, the Global Editors Network, and is built on Superdesk technology.
With journalists from the BBC, the Guardian, Le Monde, Voralberger Nachrichten and Zeit Online all contributing to its design, GEN Live Desk has been designed by journalists for journalists. GEN Live Desk is inspired by the best features of existing live-blogging tools. It gives journalists and editors the ability to curate live content coming from their own correspondents together with selected material from external sources including Twitter, Flickr, and Google.
The availability of GEN Live Desk means that independent news organisations are now able to emulate the live-blogging capabilities of big newsrooms such as the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, and Le Figaro, without having to hire a programming team or buy in an expensive proprietary software solution.
Whether you use it to cover a major set-piece such as an election, a breaking news story, a sporting event or anything else, live-blogging with GEN Live Desk will help you drive traffic and sustain reader interest with engaging content.
GEN Live Desk 0.9 release is due in early November 2012, with a web service scheduled to be available in 2013.
On November 6, fifty reporters from 46 countries got a front-row seat to history on November 6 live-blogged election night from the United States from the polls in battleground states using an exciting new tool, the GEN Live Desk (press release).
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What is GEN Live Desk?
GEN Live Desk is a free, open source liveblog tool that allows news organisations to publish text, images, videos and social media output related to any event (such as elections, sport events, catastrophes, revolution, festivals…). The tool allows easy collaboration between news organisations by sharing content and publishing specific versions of a live event blog.
Real-time, collaborative storytelling. Next-generation open source web tool for individuals and teams to report live on breaking news and events from anywhere.
Free of charge with no need to replace your CMS. GEN Live Desk will be open source, free to download, and easily implemented on to your website and alongside existing newsroom tools.
Create a rich news experience for your readers. Drive traffic with engaging content and use sponsorship, contextual adverts, or paid subscriptions to increase revenue.
GEN Live Desk has an application programming interface (API) that can easily be integrated into most content management systems. Statistics will be measured and shown as part of the tool and traffic and statistics are owned by the news organisation.
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Get GEN Live Desk
The open source code is available with install instructions on Github, or feel free to contact us about a custom deployment in your newsroom.
GEN will launch a web-hosted service, requiring no installation, upgrades or server work, early in 2013.
The teams behind the tool.
GEN Live Desk began as a Google-funded initiative from GEN's Editors' Lab programme, and was developed alongside journalists from the BBC, the Guardian, Le Monde, and other media organisations. Based on the media professionals' specifications, Sourcefabric began the detailed process of business requirements, wireframing, testing coding, testing and refining the tool.