How Le Monde Manages Live Contribution

“Why don’t you skip my question?” », “I’m trying my luck for the hundredth time…”, “I’ve been censored”, “You always post the same ones! »etc. Every time Peace covers the event live, allowing readers to ask questions in real time, we receive a number of messages of this kind, more or less cordial. There is no exception to this rule and direct observation of the course of the war in Ukraine, continuous from the night of Wednesday February 23rd to Thursday February 24th.

Live: live broadcast about the war in Ukraine

For over ten years now, Peace covers live events, guided by three main principles: rigor, promptness and interactivity. As with all content we publish, we have always strived to prioritize accuracy and clarity over speed. If the latter logically remains an important element in real-time coverage of an event, we will always prefer to arrive a little later than our colleagues, but with reliable and verified information. A rule that became especially important when the news (and our “life” with them) concerned specifically terrorist attacks.

This caveat can sometimes lead to frustration or impatience, but in most cases, if something you’ve read elsewhere doesn’t get posted in our direct, it’s because we haven’t been (or haven’t been able to) verify it or understand its full extent. It’s also possible that the answer has already been answered a few hours earlier (feel free to go back to the live thread before asking your question), or that it’s available elsewhere on our site, in one of the many articles we publish. every day about the war in Ukraine.

We also sometimes have purely practical and human limitations, when at certain times of the day and especially at night, the staff is smaller and does not allow us to follow the news and answer questions as much as we would like.

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Be that as it may, we strive to always maintain this interactivity and this connection with the readers to whom we are attached; almost all questions are well read, except for very intense news peaks, when the flow of messages is so great that it becomes impossible to follow. Since February 24, we have received a total of about 80,000 questions and comments, averaging about 2,600 per day.

In the course of daily life at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in March 2020, we were able to see how important it was to offer a place of exchange and answers for citizens who were worried or lost in the health rules that changed every week.

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The attention we give to contributions also applies, alas, to the few unpleasant comments that we receive from time to time, in a reproachful, derisive tone or sometimes bordering on insult, and which can forcefully burden the serenity of the work of journalists who take turns twenty-four hours a day inform you live.

It is also an opportunity to point out that these journalists are not specialists on war, Ukraine or Russia, but are general journalists whose first area of ​​expertise is real-time coverage of current events in accordance with the rules of rigor mentioned above. . However, the longer the war goes on, the more some of the questions we receive are very precise, even pinpoint, and we cannot always answer them right away. That’s why we organize chats with specialists as often as possible, whether they are external participants (like this exchange with Michel Goya, historian and former military man) or journalists from our newsroom (three of them answered your questions on the economic consequences of the war on Tuesday). We also regularly submit our most frequently asked questions to specialized editorial offices, so that we can then compile and update articles, bringing together the answers to your main questions.

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Finally, some of the questions received are almost tantamount to divination or divination; many of you want to know the future and know the end of history (and understandably so). “What if…?” », “How will this situation develop? », What does such a leader think? “, etc. However, for a journalist, a very delicate, if not impossible, concern with current events is fiction based on hypotheses. In such a situation, when the war is also being played out in the sphere of information and influence, it seems to us more important than ever to limit ourselves to real and proven facts as much as possible.

The staff take turns on the air of the “Mir”

  • About fifteen editors work twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week;
  • 6 deputy chief editors;
  • 12 proofreaders for correcting both live and table articles (read our article on this topic);
  • 6 “home editors” (DO) for constantly updating the site’s home page Peace ;
  • 3 “social media editors” (SMEs) to attract Peace in social networks;
  • 2 icon painters to contact mobilized photographers and publish the latest images from the field;
  • 6 journalists from the infographics department (4 cartographers and 2 researchers) to compile situational maps, published live daily.

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