Creating stories that stand out

More and more people are turning to Facebook posts and Twitter feeds as a source of their news. In turn, the organizations reporting the news are finding new ways they can present their information on those platforms. A big innovation from Facebook and Twitter is live streaming. In recent months that feature has been rolled out to all users, and as a result more, every day people are using it to share their experiences in real time.

A big innovation from Facebook and Twitter is live streaming. In recent months that feature has been rolled out to all users, and as a result more, every day people are using it to share their experiences in real time. At my news station, our reporters use it as a chance to show viewers things as they happen through out the day; outside the normal newscast times.

At my news station, our reporters use it as a chance to show viewers things as they happen through out the day; outside the normal newscast times. The format is so often the same, you see the reporters face as they set up the live stream and then the camera flips to show what the reporter is looking at.

So how can news organizations create stores or live streams that stand out from the rest?

Quality.

I propose a test of sorts that looks at how to keep viewers engaged. I recently discovered a camera called “Mevo.”

 

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The camera is made for live streaming events, but it goes one step above a normal camera. It allows for a person to use multiple shots from one camera. Something that would normally take multiple cameras, and a director, now only takes one camera and a smartphone.

I propose testing this against the norm of live streaming– a set camera that does not move the entirety of the event. I hypothesize that set cameras create a barrier between the viewer and the actual event taking place.

By incorporating multiple camera angles, I hypothesize it will allow a viewer to have a more immersive experience.

Stay tuned for more updates. I plan to test this at the Society of Professional Journalists Conference this upcoming week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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