You Will Make the News

(What else would you expect the CEO of Livestream to say? But it’s true.)

By Max Haot

Illustration by Gwendal le Bec

One of the most exciting things that is starting to build up — and I think we’ll be much more proud of next year — is the whole concept of increased transparency in journalism and issues and events. You’ve seen what’s started in Ferguson, where people are being able to share this firsthand experience. The reporting to the media is more immediate, more accurate, more direct. Obviously all the journalists then can editorialize that and add different standards. But if you look at the way technology is going, more and more people are in places where the LTE networks, which are being deployed at a really fast pace, are available to stream live. And then on the other side, more and more people are aware that they can watch it, thanks to Twitter, and that they have devices that can consume it. Even since the Occupy Wall Street days, there have been different examples of a transparency from citizen contributing to journalism contributing to bring issues to masses. We’ve really seen this year, with the data, that this is only going to get a lot bigger and build a greater society, not only in the U.S. but internationally, thanks to these tools and this transparency. So certainly expect a lot more of that next year, and some of them are challenging issues, and it’s not all happy-happy. But it certainly helps make it a better year and a better place to confront these issues.

—As told to Taffy Brodesser-Akner