In advance of their annual tournament, Wimbledon issued a statement saying that using Periscope will not be allowed, according to wired.co.uk, quoting a spokesperson who added that there “will be stewards around to ensure that their is no funny business.”
However, officials have been using the live-streaming app to promote the event:
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2015
The dichotomy in attitudes between the policy and its own social media feed raises the question as to whether technology might make or break this year’s championship. Wimbledon’s organisers don’t seem to be able to decide: some uses of technology are being embraced, whereas others are being treated as a threat.
Meanwhile, here is a live list of tweets linked to Periscope feeds with “Wimbledon” in the title:
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:
Above: Screen grabs from my demonstration.
As one of the organizers, I waited until all of the early attendees planned their sessions and then scheduled mine on “Periscope for Journalism” during the last remaining hour — which doesn’t always pull the biggest crowd at a voluntary conference on a Saturday afternoon in the spring.
Yet, I found myself leading a session with about a dozen in attendance, including journalists from The Associated Press, WHYY, Generoctiy.org and The Scranton Times-Tribune, as well as journalism professors, students and more.
A quick survey revealed that some participants had already been producing Periscope videos, others had been just watching, and a few more had just seen articles which left them thinking they needed to know more.
I scrolled though streamalism.org to share my experiences and talked about discovery, curation, sharing, saving, ethics, rights and the shortcomings of the nascent live mobile video movement. And I talked about developing a new workflow for live redistribution but I have some work to do before sharing much more.
I learned from others in the room about the challenges of multitasking and adding yet one more social media responsibility while on the job. And we talked about leaderboards inside the new apps, which obviously drive eyeballs, although I hadn’t been giving them much consideration.
Finally, I led a live Periscope demonstration, using my phone, laptop, Quicktime and a projector — to share the process on a big screen.
Shortly after I left, one of the attendees looped me in on a Twitter conversation about Facebook integration for Meerkat, another possible game-changer.
Below, @PhillyCodeHound Seth Goldstein caught preaching about Periscope:
Above: Nick Jonas performs in Dallas Wednesday night, as seen via Periscope.
Earlier this week, the National Hockey League cracked down on media members using new video apps like Periscope and Meerkat, and is now prohibiting unauthorized live streams from inside arenas beginning 30 minutes prior to each game.
But as brands, celebrities and institutions begin to grapple with the impact of widespread live video streams, the stakes may not always be the same.
Movie theatre owners seem less concerned. Hilton created a Periscope event around a Nick Jonas concert Wednesday night. And Katy Perry says that when she sees phones: “that is the new applause.”
As Mashable points out: “The branding opportunities for organizations like the NHL seem pretty limitless: rink-side live streams of team warm-ups, exclusive interviews with players and coaches, the list goes on. So it figures: Why cede those opportunities (and future dollars) to fans?”
And GeekWire took note recently when a National Women’s Soccer League team streamed an entire match via Periscope,” but then asked: “Given the insane amount of money networks spend for TV broadcast rights, are sports teams even allowed live stream their own games?”
But Yahoo Sports looked a little more closely between the lines, explaining that “one understands protecting the media rights for companies paying millions for exclusivity,” but asking: “Is that exclusivity violated by live streaming warm-ups? Or intermission? Or the coach’s press conference?
Meanwhile, HiltonHHonors embraced the new medium by inviting fans “to have a virtual front row seat” as they streamed a Nick Jonas performance last night from Dallas, reporting that the event marked “the first time an entire live concert (would) be broadcasted via Twitter and Periscope.”
— Hilton HHonors (@HiltonHHonors) April 23, 2015
At the same time, Variety reports that live streaming apps are “invading” theaters but that the movie biz is “not too worried,” adding that “media and entertainment companies stand to have more to gain from Periscope and Meerkat by using the services for promotions and special events than they might be hurt by unauthorized broadcasts of their content.”
Finally, when asked about streaming apps, Katy Perry told Mashable: “Embrace the future or you’re left behind.” Watch: