Television news is always an interesting business. While some are convinced of a liberal or conservative bias, the real factor that drives what we see is the bottom line.
Is there a way to reduce costs in how the news is gathered and shared in a way that will not impact ratings? There used to be 2-person crews to shoot the video in addition to the reporter. In many markets a single person serves as the reporter and the videographer.
This recent story caught my attention via Mashable. A selfie stick that is being used by a media outlet in Australia. Reporters are now producing stories entirely on a mobile phone. It saves the need to buy a camera and could give a story new “authenticity” have an edited piece look more like the videos we all see on Facebook. Wonder how long it takes before the selfie stick starts showing up here with local tv station logos on them?
Sky News — a sister station to Sky News UK — will be rolling out 12 units to video journalists across Australia, Greg Byrnes, channel manager of Sky News Live, told Mashable Australia in an email. He said a number of their journalists are already using the device in the field.
In a concerning development for cameramen everywhere, the SmartGrip lets reporters attach their smartphone and external microphone to the handheld device and, using LiveU’s LU-Smart mobile app, quickly transmit high-quality footage back to the newsroom.
The SmartGrips will predominantly be used for breaking news. “It means VJ’s will be able to broadcast live from the thick of the action,” Byrnes said.
So far, Sky New’s video journalists have apparently embraced the SmartGrip. “It’s compact, reliable and connects in a matter of seconds,” he said. “Our VJ’s have always been quick to adopt new technology.”
In fact, Sky News has been out front of this selfie stick-meets-news thing for a while now. In an impressive moment of multi-tasking — walking, talking and selfie stick-holding — Sky News UK reporter Joe Tidy interviewed British politician Ed Miliband with one in February.
— Stand Up Be Counted (@SkySUBC) February 2, 2015