The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones asks What’s the best way of using new media tools to cover a news event?
I took a laptop with a 3g dongle for instant net access, three phones – one with a video camera and the Qik streaming video application enabled – and a Flip video camera, a very cheap and simple device that produces reasonable pictures
…So what’s the conclusion about the modern reporter’s toolkit? Well, a laptop with a wi-fi or 3g connection seems pretty essential, whether to send reams of text or the odd 140 character Tweet. A mobile phone with an instant video application can get you out of a hole when there’s no alternative. But I’d be reluctant to go anywhere without the services of a professional, wielding a decent video camera. As I think you’ll agree if you look at my pictures.
The idea is to provide any event with live coverage. A laptop and still camera would provide the basic story and pictures, supplemented with live video, text chat and embedded gigapixel panoramas.
An Android phone could be mounted on the bike handlebars (for text messaging and live video) while a GigaPan robotic camera would provide an “infinite zoom” for crowd shots. I might add a couple of Meraki repeaters to expand WiFi coverage.
Code for embedding streaming video, the Gigapan, twitter conversations, as well as a story with Flickr photos and video clips, can be laid out in ordinary HTML, and emailed to webmasters.
I hope to try it as soon as we get mobile WiMAX around Portland. Any day now.
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