It's time for a new rule on the web: Double, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true. Why? Look no further than Donald Trump's Twitter account. Trump claimed Sunday morning that "Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton." Not only was there no proof of this, but it was pretty easy to disprove. The FBI email inquiry was at the top of Google News; FBI director James Comey's name was at the top of Facebook's "trending" box; and Twitter's "moments" section had a prominent story about the controversy. Nevertheless, Trump's wrong-headed "burying" claim was his most popular tweet of the day. About 25,000 accounts retweeted it and almost 50,000 "liked" it, helping the falsehood spread far and wide.
With some stories happening so quickly they need to be covered before a team gets there, or happening at a time when few resources are available, turning to mobile journalism is becoming the increasingly common response. Harriet Hadfield, a reporter at Sky News, spoke to news:rewired about using a mobile phone for live broadcasts. Sky prides itself in being able to "go live" in only 90 seconds, so equipped with her toolkit on stage, she talked us through her essentials.
Even under the FAA's highly restrictive "333 exemption" rules governing the commercial use of drones--especially the requirement to file flight plans 24 hours before launch--pioneering broadcasters such as ABC News, Cox Media Group, and Media General have managed to capture exciting, meaningful TV coverage using these unmanned, camera-equipped platforms. Media General station KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., uses both drones and its helicopter for ENG. "The damage caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and earthquakes becomes very clear from 100 feet in the air," said Maria Stefanopoulos, production manager for "Good Morning America." "This is a hard message to convey by using an ENG crew on the ground."
Eight years after the Great Recession sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have intensified to nothing less than a reorganization of the industry itself, one that impacts the experiences of even those news consumers unaware of the tectonic shifts taking place. In 2015, the newspaper sector had perhaps the worst year since the recession and its immediate aftermath. Average weekday newspaper circulation, print and digital combined, fell another 7% in 2015, the greatest decline since 2010. While digital circulation crept up slightly (2% for weekday), it accounts for only 22% of total circulation. And any digital subscription gains or traffic increases have still not translated into game-changing revenue solutions. In 2015, total advertising revenue among publicly traded companies declined nearly 8%, including losses not just in print, but digital as well.
There used to be a perception that a university degree would result in a bright job future. You’d put in three or four years of hard work and be rewarded by open-armed employers ready to put your skills to use. Reality is much harsher than this and getting a full-time gig can be really, really challenging. Journalism students face a particularly uncertain future, with universities continuing to pump an oversupply of graduates into the job market. According to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, there are an estimated 10,000 journalists employed in Australia, with an estimated 6,000 of those in freelance, part-time or casual roles. Crikey found there were 1750 journalism students enrolled across each undergraduate year level in a one-year period, equalling 17.5 per cent of the industry in just one year’s supply of graduates.
Reporter Hilde Kate Lysiak got the tip early Saturday afternoon that there was heavy police activity on Ninth Street. She hustled over with her pen and camera, as any good reporter would, and soon she posted something short online, beating all her competitors. Then, working the neighbors and the cops, she nailed down her scoop with a full-length story and this headline: "EXCLUSIVE: MURDER ON NINTH STREET!" The online story not only beat the local daily paper, but she also included a short video from the crime scene, assuring viewers that "I'm working hard on this investigation." Then Monday came and Hilde had to go back to third grade.
In 2000 I got my first photos published in a magazine. Fourteen years later I won a Webby Award for my film exposing the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup. Along the way I've learned a few things about what it takes to succeed (or at least survive) as a freelance video journalist. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I hope one or two of these tips may be helpful to some of you trying to break in to this most competitive of fields. The type of work I do sometimes involves breaking news, but more often consists of in-depth investigations, which can take months to film.
At the annual Opening Night (formerly known as Media Day) proceeding this year's Super Bowl 50 telecast live from Levi Stadium, in Santa Clara, Calif., nearly two dozen media outlets sent their Video Journalists--both professionals and student journalists--to cover the chaos that is Media Day with nothing more than a camera, microphone and bonded cellular video transmission system from TVU Networks. The system is packaged inside a backpack for easy portability, making it easy to maneuver through the crowds of reporters and video journalists inside a stadium. TVU Networks is effectively positioned to provide on-location and on-demand service and support for its full line of IP based live video transmission solutions.
Bill Hankes, based in Mountain View, CA, said created his new online venture, Sqoop, as a way to help journalists sort through the sometimes mountains of SEC fillings and other court documents to find the real news. He calls the existing manual process "both time consuming and painful." Sqoop was actually started by Hankes and David Kellum, who sought a fast and easy way to alert journalists when public documents become available online--based on the companies and topics they choose to follow. After starting with patent filings and SEC documents, Sqoop is expanding to include alerts on federal court records.
Imagine being ABC News reporter Alexander Marquardt, reporting from a war zone in the Syrian capital of Damascus, apprising viewers of what he sees around him. Basically, that's what TV reporters do. But is it, really? That question has arisen more in the past year or so, because not only can a reporter working with a virtual reality (VR) camera still report about their surroundings, they can capture the 360-degree survey of the scene and bring the viewer along while doing so. That's where companies like Palo Alto, Calif.-based Jaunt enter the picture.