Sacramento police said they arrested two men with a gun who set out to threaten another man “all while broadcasting the whole thing using the Periscope app,” according to local news station turnto23.com, which added: “The two will now face a number of charges.” Police “are calling a video that depicts a man firing a gun from a moving car disturbing,” kcra.com reported.
“Police say this is the first situation like this they’ve seen locally—a social-media user broadcasting for an hour what could have been a deadly encounter as all of his Periscope followers looked on.” – CBS Sacramento
Some news organizations recently reported that another Periscope user streamed while he was “pursued by police cars with flashing lights and sirens,” but other posts suggested it may have been a hoax.
Of course, another gunman made news with video and social media last week in Virginia, although he did not stream the incident live.
As previously reported: Several news organizations were reporting that police were Periscoping traffic stops in Fargo, North Dakota.
— Nicole A Johnson (@NicoleVNL) August 20, 2015
The department said “they could use Periscope as a tool to build trust,” according to a report from wday.com.
“But the use of the app Periscope and similar smartphone tools has many asking if they’re an effective way to raise awareness about public safety — or simply a device for public shaming,” NBC News reports.
Gizmodo called the experiment “an embarrassing failure,” continuing:
“Fargo police clearly have no idea what they’re doing, but insist their social media experiment is a worthy one.”
A Fargo Police officer said they were “making sure it does not reveal drivers identities” when they used Periscope, according to kfgo.com.
Officer Jessica Schindeldecker told a news station “that it’s just another way for the department to connect with the community and increase transparency,” according to a post at officer.com.
Valley News Live has a video report:
Other police departments are using Periscope in an attempt to show all sides of police encounters,” according to a report from rt.com, adding that recently: “a St. Louis County lieutenant colonel used the app to tape protests in Ferguson, Missouri.”
“Twitter has increasingly complied with Periscope DMCA takedowns, according its own data. The company removed allegedly copyrighted material 53 percent of the time in April, 60 percent in May, and 79 percent in June (71 percent average). Overall, Periscope’s compliance rate is higher than Twitter and Vine’s.” –venturebeat.com
With the popularity of new live-streaming mobile video applications emerging over just the past few months, I began leading small presentations at journalism conferences and newsrooms here in Philadelphia.
But last week, one of the largest and most esteemed gatherings of our profession came to town for the Investigate Reporters and Editors (IRE) 2015 national conference.
While IRE had no plans to address streaming journalism, they did offer the opportunity during the conference to apply for time to present pop-up panels on emerging topics.
And my effort to lead “Periscope for Journalism” won a place in the program, based on votes from journalists in attendance.
My pitch for the panel began:
The sudden popularity of live-streaming mobile video applications has been creating new possibilities for journalists. But once again, the emerging platforms present a new set of ethical and legal complications.
I promised a quick presentation and demonstration before moving to a “lively conversation about the challenges and responsibilities of real-time mobile broadcasts.”
And I had the great fortune of finding two remarkable colleagues to join me:
Josh Cornfield is the New Jersey News Editor for The Associated Press. He works with a team devoted to finding and telling both breaking news stories and high-level enterprise.
Susan Phillips covers energy and the environment for the multi-media public radio project StateImpact Pennsylvania. She holds duPont and Murrow awards and spent a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow.
Next, I went on a bit of a social media campaign for votes and then attendees, promising more than just fun and games.
A couple of notable examples included reporting from the recent Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia by local photojournalist Joe Kaczmarek, and streams from the Baltimore riots by Paul Lewis, the Washington correspondent for The Guardian.
Josh Cornfield said that he followed Kaczmarek’s live report and called it the “first real reporting anywhere that there were fatalities.”
Cornfield said that — as with all social media reporting — he took that information “as a tip, not as something we’re going to put on the wire,” but that it also prompted him to send an immediate “heads-up” to the AP’s Philadelphia newsroom.
Cornfield said that whenever news is happening there’s a “pretty good chance” you will found something you can use on Periscope. For instance, Cornfield said that he found reporter from a newspaper in York, Pa., streaming live from a press conference after a recent double shooting.
Susan Phillips had not yet produced her own broadcasts but said that as the subject of streaming she found the medium “much more visceral” than tweeting and could imagine additional advantages, such as streaming directly to social media audiences while simultaneously conducting a stand-up report for an anchor back in the newsroom.
Live streaming apps also “brought up a lot of legal questions” for Phillips, who discussed the reasonable expectation of privacy as well as copyright concerns, for example when streaming from concerts.
Meanwhile, Associated Press Philadelphia reporter Mike Sisak streamed our panel on Periscope and then stepped up to the microphone to read questions from his live viewers.
Cornfield took another question on the need to make corrections when a subject on Periscope misinforms your audience, explaining that the correct response would be “a matter of scale” but that you should “let the same audience” know what happened.
More audience members added tips for using Periscope to send your newsroom quick notes from the field, brought up more copyright questions and raised the concern that live-streaming apps could have a chilling effect on public officials — who may become reluctant to share background information at news scenes.
I am predicting only that this won’t be the last journalism conference where these questions emerge.
Here’s an update from my first six weeks of blogging about live-streaming mobile news video applications for journalists, which I gathered to make a presentation Tuesday at WHYY in Philadelphia. Check the smaller badges below for links to posts with more information: