This is a bit insensitive, News.com.au:
The headline “Steve Jobs, 1955-2011” would make you look a little less giddy with excitement over the news that someone has died.
Plus, talk about not getting the point of a live blog. Here, let me explain it to you. I promise I won’t use big words: A live blog is for unfolding events. Once someone has died, there ain’t a lot more to happen. Sure, “tributes will flow in” (one of journalism’s favourite cliches), but the event itself is over.
If you don’t have any news, why bother saying it? It just opens you up to jokes at your expense: “Hurr, hurr, News.com.au has admitted they don’t have any news on their site”.
Sure, there is more to come after this story – those tributes have to “flow in” – but just because you have the technology to live blog, doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for every story. I thought that was pretty obvious.
Update (and no, I’m not live-blogging the news coverage. I just saw this and felt my criticism should be fair and balanced): Now smh.com.au is doing it too:
Tell me, what’s more important: knowing that Bill Gates said “I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work”, or knowing that he said it 11.40am?