In conjunction with my last post, I believe the rapid uptake of live video streaming will change journalism as we know it. Live streaming provides an instant play by play of news and current events, and can take us where they won’t allow bulky cameras. These cameras take ages to set up with a tripod or lots of switches, buttons and white balancing. Not to mention syncing microphones and seeing if everything is actually recording. With the rise of smaller and smaller gadgets (your phone is the most useful gadget that can record video, sound, send data, has so many editing apps! You can literally produce a whole TV show on one smartphone!) that can do the exact same thing as their bigger counterparts, and can send recordings and data at the flick of a send button, it is not hard to see why and how much potential and convenience they hold to filmmakers and journalists alike.
In terms of journalism, a smartphone is the most useful gadget that can record video, sound, send data, has so many editing apps! You can literally produce a whole TV show on one smartphone! You can go ‘live’ anywhere and everywhere something happens and you can get a message out in a second. Live streaming also gives the consumers of your content to make comments on a live stream and allowing them to interact with you and ask questions that you can answer in an instant. This keeps the content relevant to your viewers.