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HAVE you ever wondered how your Liverpool Daily Post is created, how decisions are made on which articles or photographs appear in print or online, and when and how the front page is designed?
And have you ever wanted to be the one posing a particular question to a politician, or read an article and thought of how you would like the Daily Post to tackle that issue?
Today (Tuesday), we are giving our readers the opportunity to have a say in setting the news agenda for the Liverpool Daily Post – both in terms of online breaking news throughout the day, and for the following morning’s newspaper.
In what is thought to be the first of its kind for a regional newspaper, the Liverpool Daily Post is inviting everyone to follow a day in the life of the newspaper, share ideas and tell us what you would like to be reading about.
Building on the success of our local elections coverage, when our exclusive live blog gave online readers the opportunity to interact in real time with our journalists at counts across Merseyside and receive instant information, the Daily Post is running a live blog from 7am today until the presses roll during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Staff will update the live blog throughout the day and everyone who logs on will be invited to comment on the work as it unfolds, ask questions or share information with the editorial team.
Journalists will also "stream" live film clips of themselves conducting interviews or at work in the office and at 4.30pm the main news conference of the day will be filmed live and streamed onto our website www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk. Westminster correspondent Rob Merrick will be meeting Transport Secretary Alistair Darling, so live blog followers will be able to suggest questions or topics for him to put to the minister.
Liverpool Daily Post editor Mark Thomas said: "The success of the live blog during our local election coverage proved that our readers enjoy being a part of the news-gathering process, asking questions and sharing information.
"Now we want to take this a stage further and invite people to get involved in the production of their newspaper. Giving them the opportunity to comment via a live blog and streaming, and to actually ‘attend’ our news conference seemed the next logical step.
"I’m sure a lot of people will be surprised at the decision to make our next day’s stories public before they are published, but our readers are intelligent, questioning people whose input will enhance our news-gathering operation. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with them and hearing their own views as the day progresses."
To follow the live blog and take part in the conversation throughout the day, you need to follow these simple steps:
Head to www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liveblog from 7am this morning Once the blog starts, you can post questions and comments in the box under the blog. You can also visit the blog today and request an email alert once we get started.
If you are on Twitter you can also sign up to follow the Liverpool Daily Post at www.twitter.com/liverpooldailypost as notifications of live streaming will be tweeted in advance.