“The reason journalism through Periscope is so compelling is because it’s the first time the news is not a passive experience.”
“[With] prerecorded content—and even live television—you sit on your couch and just consume what’s been packaged for you. With Periscope, you can contribute. Viewers can ask the broadcaster questions. The other difference is that it has the potential to be more immediate. It’s difficult to put three cameramen, an audio guy, and a reporter on a truck or on a plane and send them somewhere. It’s easier for someone who’s already there to pull out their phone. I think you’ll see more coverage of notable events, more quickly. When the fire happened [in New York’s East Village] the day of our launch, there were 60 people broadcasting it simultaneously—half an hour before the first camera crews got there.” – Periscope CEO Kayvon BeykpourPeriscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour: “Periscope has become a medium that can build truth and empathy”
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I recently shared that police in India are asking citizens to “report and record crimes using the live-streaming app,” but it would really be easier if perpetrators shared their own crimes in progress.
Above: @JaleelKing was streaming live on Periscope from the high-rise fire Wednesday in Philadelphia.
I had my windows open to the beautiful breezes in Center City Philadelphia Wednesday night when I heard what struck me as an unusually long run from a fire truck siren, as if it was traveling further than usual.
Being an old newsy, I fired up the 5-0 Radio Pro radio scanner app on my iPhone, discovered that the Philadelphia Fire Department was responding to a major incident and tweeted what I heard:
Scanner report: High-rise fire at Broad and Ridge in North Philadelphia. Isn’t there a landmark around there?
(I later read that “a rooftop fire sent smoke billowing throughout the building” which housed apartments at 640 North Broad Street, according to phillymag.com.)
Some journalists quarrel with the idea of tweeting scanner reports but — after decades in news photography — I’ve got the knowledge and experience to figure some things out here in Philadelphia. (I also like the “Batavian’s basic rules for scanner reporting” as a place to start.)
Next, I was about to check Twitter for witnesses on the scene when my phone whistled an alert from the Periscope app, indicating that local photographer Jaleel King had gone live with a stream labeled: “Fire at 640 N Broad St.” (That’s where I grabbed the image at the top of this post.)
And there I was at my kitchen table, watching a live report on my phone, perhaps one minute after wondering about the siren outside my window.
But when news breaks, I am now finding live reports from people the scene appearing much faster than traditional newsrooms can match — and I have to wonder if sending a helicopter makes much sense anymore.
Wouldn’t it be a better public service for journalists to find, authenticate, contextualize and re-share what’s being reported before they can possibly arrive? Or else why should we look to them first?
An explosion and fire in New York City’s East Village produced a similar outbreak of coverage on the day the Periscope app was first released in March, but such close clusters have been rare when news breaks so far from our media epicenters.
The point of this post however is to take a look at the incredible audience response to Paige’s report and everything he did right.
First of all, the title was perfect for catching those searching social media for more information: Live at the Navy Yard Shooting in DC.
Paige opens with a summary of what happened, but also gets us on his side as he shares his concern with parking tickets and getting caught in the rain.
Talking into the front facing camera at first, Paige tells us that he sees: “police cars and news trucks everywhere,” but also asks for followers and hearts, reminding viewers of the opportunity to participate. His casual, sometimes #nsfw language only adds authenticity.
Viewer comments gush with thanks and advice to “take cover” and “stay safe” as he approaches the scene, while others offer reporting advice, including: “Look for people to ask questions.”
Soon, Paige brings viewers up to a major press gaggle on the police perimeter, shows us the same long look at the action that the networks are broadcasting and shoots a little selfie video, putting himself on the scene. The continuous waterfall of hearts accelerates.
Paige notes all the “major dawgs, big heads and real reporters” in the area but then boasts: “I’m your ghetto reporter.. on Periscope News” and the audience loves it.
Some commenters joke about cable and network news reporters and one troll emerged, but other viewers sent Paige advice on how to block that user.
Viewers bash Don Lemon and Nancy Grace of oft-targeted CNN. One jokes that Paige should “Ask Brian Williams if he shot the shooter yet.”
Paige continues to update readers on what he’s hearing on the scene but also repeats comments from viewers who are simultaneously watching other news sources. Viewers are coming in from around the world.
Comments include “This is the future of news,” “better than CNN” and “You’re the new era or reporting,” but also “Love your hair!,” for which Paige sends his thanks.
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Read the comments:
Dozens and dozens more express love for Paige’s reporting, share continuing concern with his safety and report back on how his stream is “blowing up” with more viewers.
Paige briefly interviews a couple of witnesses he found — including one man who reported hearing the gunfire — but he also drops in when mainstream news teams cluster around other evacuees.
At times you can hear Paige gracefully deflecting interrupters, explaining: “I’m just Periscoping live.”
Kudos continue with “Great reporting!” and “Keep up the good work.” Other commenters add “awesome” and “amazing.”
New viewers drop in and Paige continuously updates them, recapping the news after reporters scrum around another witness. A viewers notes that Paige is “right up there like he belongs.”
Users exclaim: “This is why I love Periscope,” and “awesome good time for Scope,” for “bringing the action.”
Others remind Paige to “ask some questions,” “interview some folks,” and to “keep explaining” what he shows us.
Paige notes that “I am being treated like a regular reporter.” And viewers are asking each other to share more hearts.
Paige reads more comments aloud and responds, and adds an update on closed Metro stops in the area. Before moving toward another possible interview, he asks viewers: “Would you guys like that?”
By now, viewers are gushing “You’re my hero,” “You are doing a great job,” and “Pulitzer award for you.”
We hear sirens and Paige reports “trying my best,” but notes that his battery is running low, and the audience practically begs him to recharge and hurry back.
Viewers offer advice on finding power and one reminds Paige that he had left only 12 minutes on the parking meter. Another offers to pay the fine if he gets a ticket.
We see choppers, news crews and live trucks. Then another law enforcement team pulls up we see them donning body armor. “You’re the man,” another viewer adds.
“Look at the young Lester Holt,” one commenter finally proclaims, and Paige pauses before responding that Holt is “my idol,” appearing stunned as he expresses his appreciation.
Another calls Paige “DC’s number one reporter.”
Long after the action settles down, staffers from large news organizations pop up on Periscope to cover a press conference at the scene.
If they are reading comments, they are not responding. A few hearts flicker on the screen.