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?