New streaming apps could boost citizen journalism
MSN - 03/29/2015
While social media has empowered citizen journalism for years, the use of live video could become a powerful tool for these reporters and change the way people get news.
“It’s not just that you can upload your video, but you can upload it to the social network, which is vastly more powerful than the Web because of that network of relationships and the virality,” said Jeff Howe, a Northeastern University professor who specializes in media innovation.
“This offer a great advantage to citizen journalists.”
Howe said some earlier streaming video applications like Bambuser helped spread information during the Arab Spring and Occupy protests, but that he sees “a more real-time, immediacy aspect” to the new apps like Meerkat and Periscope.