Got an iPhone? Consider yourself a journalist.

After viewing the videos about Tim Pool, and his story describing the process he took to get the story to the people, I think it goes without question that it can/will influence some of my future work. From a purely technical standpoint, Pool proved to the masses that all you need is a phone with a decent quality camera and good internet connection in order to produce a story that benefits the public. This is made evident in the first of the three videos, when Pool introduces us to his tools of the trade, (similar to what we work with here at LSC, yes even the drone). What really captured my attention was Pool’s ability to be crafty when it came to attempting to get different vantage points for visuals. How many of us could have thought to configure a drone with Live Streaming capability and connect it with an old PlayStation controller in order to pilot it? To put it into a little more perspective, he downplayed it to some extent the amount of money it costs for a newsroom to shoot and gather footage similar to what he was shooting, and priced their equipment upwards of $15,000. Whereas with the equipment he was using (keep in mind was all kept in one single backpack), could be priced at whatever your monthly phone bill would be in order to produce a live stream of an event.

One thing that Tim said that I found to be moving was his take on citizen journalist, mentioned at the end of the first video. “We used to call these people sources, or witnesses. The journalists would go down and they would ask people, what did you see, what happened? But now everyone is connected to the firehose and the data stream. And now we need the journalists to rifle through all of this data, and find out what’s accurate and what’s not.” A bit of a long quote to throw in here I know, but it speaks to the fact that there can be citizen journalists out there, but they cannot replace the role that trained and educated journalists serve, which is still getting to the bottom of the truth.

Based on the way he goes about telling stories and getting the information out to the public, it means that I can afford to be a little more laid back when it comes to reporting live from my phone. Fortunately I was able to receive an education in journalism and have the training background to do the deeper digging like he mentioned. However the way he interacted with his audience and actually had them guide him to different places was definitely something that I would want to do with my social media reporting. Being a more interactive reporter always build good rapport with your audience and leads to more views per post (one of the reasons Tim had so much success). My only question is how one goes from nothing like he had (dropped out of school at 14) and becomes a trusted and respected journalist? I raise this question because we’re working hard here in school to get our names out there and be heard/known, but Pool posted a live video and became a hit. Is it a timing thing and you get lucky? If that were the case I would have taken my chance years ago before I made the decision to come to Lyndon.

Three APPS to help us:

1. Tape a Call Pro: This app allows you to record phone interviews so that you don’t have to continuously jot down notes during the conversation, allowing you to fully focus and understand the conversation better.

2. Pro Camera: This app is great for any type of journalist, and I can relate its usefulness to anyone out on a story getting hounded by their web producer for pictures and blurbs to be sent back when they’re out on a story. Don’t get me wrong the camera and clarity/quality on today’s smart phones are astounding, but it can’t hurt to use an app that enhances the image quality and in affect enhances the quality of the story itself.

3. Breaking News: The third and final app that I believe everyone should consider giving a try would be the Breaking News app. Much like a scanner in the newsroom, this app uses algorithms, linked up with social media, to provide you the user with minute to minute breaking news as its happening. This could be useful to each and every journalist out there who want to stay up to date or even get ahead of the competition, by localizing the breaking news and turning that into a story in itself.

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