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Tim Pool: “With social media, people can chat with me while I'm broadcasting — and chat to one another, which is just as powerful” February 2014

are what they purport to be. Using a Google+ group and an open Twitter account, Dublin- based Storyful is trying to build a crowdsourced 'open newsroom' that can help verify user-generated content in realtime during events like the war in Syria.

“Crew are able to pick up a pack and go to a certain location and still transmit” says Eric Chang, TVU Networks, of the TVUPack

from all 92 of the UK’s Premier and football league clubs on 1 August 2013. “The cost savings were huge,”

reports Ian Brash, technical manager, Sky Sports News. “For the cost of hiring an SNG truck for a day, we were able to hire a complete suite of Dejero equipment for a whole week.” He adds: “The 20/20

transmitters gave us flexibility that we just would not have had with a truck; for instance, we could send a transmitter on the back of a motor bike if we needed to. In Southampton we were able to go into the stadium and broadcast right from the pitch, where a truck would never be allowed.”

Dutch specialist Mobile

Viewpoint uses a pair of Android-based smartphones to deliver live feeds from location. “The 3G-S solution turns standard mobile devices into broadcast equipment and

enables cost-effective newsgathering,” says Michel Bais, CEO. By attaching inexpensive

professional-quality camera lenses, such as the £180 54-75mm Sony QX10, users can turn their smartphone into a pseudo-DLSR. Other types of lens, such as the GoPano micro, can be attached to enable 180° or 360° panoramic video. This can then be unwrapped by special software, such as that developed by Condition One, and translated back into a flat video image navigable by tablet users. Other innovations include Switchcam software which stitches together video from multiple smartphones at an event, a concert for example, giving a low-budget and unique multicam coverage. Associated Press deputy

director of international video Mark Davies says user-generated coverage “is integral to covering

breaking news, particularly where access is restricted.” AP partnered with Swedish video streaming outfit Bambuser a year ago to enable the agency to share UGC among the 700 TV networks it supplies. Users are able to opt in to having their footage picked up by AP and its associated news organisations, and the wire service will use its network of correspondents to vet any footage shot by citizen reporters. While news organisations look to harvest the array of video perspectives they are wary of the minefield in verifying accuracy. In the aftermath of a plane crash into the Mekong river in October, video of a plane appeared on several international news wires. Associated Press vetted the image and found it to be of a plane that had crashed in 2012. The crucial next step is to verify that live video streams

Get ready for Google Glass Perhaps the technology with the most potential to upend the traditional means of newsgathering is net-connected spectacles. Google Glass wearers will be able to view news feeds (“glassware”) from EuroNews, CNN, The New York Times, Reuters and ABC News. Others, like ITN, have a watching brief. Bennedik suggests that Sky

reporters might find smart glass of benefit as a research tool on location, giving them the ability to query a fact or have updates fed to them while conducting or waiting to conduct interviews. Tim Pool, who is now an online news producer for Vice Media, has used Google Glass to livestream protest coverage from Turkey and Cairo. "Some people have told me that it's like journalism video-gaming,” he told The Guardian. “With social media, people can chat with me while I'm broadcasting - and chat to one another, which is just as powerful."

Demonstrating the tech at IBC,

Pool observed that journalists need to be more security-aware with new technologies. “A smartphone is like carrying a tracking device. Journalists must beware of protecting themselves and their sources.” CNN has perhaps explored the technology with most vigour. Its citizen journalist service iReport offers Glass- wearers the chance to shoot video or take a photo then upload it to iReport where a CNN editor will take a judgement on whether it supports the day's news agenda. “The more perspectives and

data we can get the better, in order to build a picture of an event from different angles,” Jeff Eddings, a director of Media Camp, Turner’s accelerator for media startups. Wearables also help with the

validation of news stories, he says, by transmitting metadata, such as GPS, time, and identity of the user for evaluation by the news organisation. “Imagine what President Obama's inauguration would have been like from crowd- sourced video rather than just the multi-camera set-up. Imagine what a news event like the San Francisco plane crash would be like if reported live via Google Glass from someone onboard.”

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