July 17, 2004
Shawn Van Every, a researcher at New York University, is here at the Strong Angel II demonstration with some cool technology and an equally cool idea. He's combined some gear into a platform for what he calls Interactive Tele-Journalism, the notion being that the audience should have a more direct participation -- in real time -- with the journalist.
At Strong Angel he's doing some of this journalism with a video rig that includes a video screen connected to an Internet chat where the audience can make suggestions, including questions to ask and where he might point his video camera. (Here's his page with the video streams and chat software.) It sounds distracting to me, but I like the idea a lot in the context of picking the audience's collective brain in the middle of capturing news.
Imagine this applied to, say, a press conference. Someone in the audience might know -- surely would know -- a lot more than the reporter about a specific topic and offer a follow-up question the journalists hadn't thought of in the first place. This has interesting potential.
(Corrected for misspelling of Van Every's first name.)
Posted by Dan at July 17, 2004 12:33 PM
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