Video streaming app changing journalism

by Emily VanSchmus

With technology changing every day, journalists are constantly finding new ways to enhance their reporting. One of these new technological inventions is the app Periscope, an app that allows the user to live stream video online.

As the Periscope website describes the app, “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.” Learn more about the app and how to download and use it here.

Periscope has most recently come to the public’s attention because it is being used to show the public exactly just what is going on in Baltimore.

Paul Lewis, reporter for the Guardian, reported from the streets of Baltimore with the app, letting the public see the rioting and destruction for themselves. The video can be seen on the Guardian’s website.

The media has faced controversy in the last week or so because consumers claim the reporters only show the rioters, rather than the peaceful protests that have also been going on. This criticism has led to people wondering if they aren’t getting the whole story. We, the readers, are not there to witness the actual events – we rely on the media to give us the story.

Do you see Periscope as a way for reporters to be lazy and just film, rather than report, or do you see this as a way for the media to become more transparent?

We talked a lot in class about what makes a reporter different from the average “citizen reporter.” Do you see technology like Periscope eliminating the need for online reporters since anyone can stream video through the app?

Advertisements

2 responses to “Video streaming app changing journalism

  1. I could see both issues arising from this app. I think that this would aid in transparency as long as the news crews are still doing the necessary reporting alongside it. However, I could see some reporters falling back on this as a means to avoid the work of reporting. I also had never heard of this app before you posted this blog! How did you hear about it?

  2. I feel like there’s more to a story than the A-roll content. Without a narrative, text, interviews, and infographics, I think some events could be misconstrued and misunderstood by viewers. That being said, maybe all of that B-roll content makes people think that news sources are censoring video by editing parts out. Like Stephanie, I see both sides of the issue and how this app will be used.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s