With the recent wave of livestreaming apps such as Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat, it’s even more convenient than ever to cover a story. Say a reporter happened across a newsworthy event and wanted to cover it but didn’t have a camera crew with them, they could simply open the app and do a live stream of it, as well as allowing the reporter to interact with their audience in real-time, something that standard live news stories aren’t capable of doing. But these live streaming apps aren’t just for news events, they can also be used for video games or chat shows, something that Twitch offers, allowing anyone with decent recording equipment and an internet connection to have other people watch and even pay them to play games. There are even live streaming apps for music, Spotify and Pandora being the two most popular due to the fact that they give you the option to listen for free with ads or pay a small monthly fee to listen ad-free.
With a vast majority of the people taking it upon themselves to tell their own stories to others over the web, it could be argued that the future of reporting lies in the curation of these stories. Instead of going out and covering events themselves, journalists could instead be gathering stories from millions of different sources and converting them into their own stories, something that happens on a somewhat frequent basis now but could end up being the only way that stories are told in the future, becoming the lifeblood of journalism.
With advancements in geo-location technology and apps based on it, the idea of being able to find information and stories in a specific area is now completely feasible. Apps such as Ground Signal, Banjo, Gramfeed, and Geofeedia allow us to locate where a story was posted or to mark where we ourselves have posted one. An extremely useful thing to have if you are looking for a story that occurred in a particular area or if you want news solely about said area. No more do journalists covering local stories have to call contacts to get a story, nay, all they need do now is simply enter the name of the area where the story is and they’ll have all they need.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2015/04/21/leveraging-live-streaming-apps-to-disrupt-your-brand-strategy-is-easier-than-ever/ A screenshot of the start and end of a stream on the Periscope app. (Source: https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/5-livestreaming-apps-for-journalists-and-newsrooms/s2/a564597/)