09 September 2008

Live Streaming Rules Conventions Coverage

The recent party political conventions in the US saw an explosion in the use of live streaming video by mainstream media.

Among the big hitters offering real-time video footage shot using mobile phones were washingtonpost.com and Newsweek, as this Poynter Online article reveals.

Live video offerings from the Post's website, including a speech from Hilary Clinton, were accompanied by discussion sections on the dedicated web page to provide users with interactive options.

And in a press statement released before the conventions, washingtonpost.com executive editor Jim Brady promised a new style of political coverage.

“Our live video and our ability to incorporate reporters’ uncut footage straight from their mobile phones will give users a conventions experience like never before.”

Meanwhile, Reuters sent many of its reporters to the conventions armed with cameras in order to capture and stream footage as it happened, reports Journalism.co.uk.

If you want to find out more, the NewTeeVee blog has a round-up of both the mainstream and independent media’s live streaming services during the Democratic convention.

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