Posts Tagged ‘Ustream’

The eccentric one-man-band that is Joseph Tame is taking outside broadcasting to a new level with his bizarre rig for the upcoming Tokyo Marathon.

As he runs the 26-mile course he’ll be live broadcasting on two cameras – one facing forward, one facing him – while at the same time transmitting live location, pace and heart-rate data via Runkeeper, as well as sampling pollution, humidity and noise levels.

His kit features an iPad strapped to his chest on which Twitter messages will be displayed, four iPhones and an Android device, plus three mobile wifi routers. A volunteer team of 15 will broadcast live from points along the route and all the material will be fed back to a studio for mixing and rebroadcasting via Ustream.

Joseph has a good track record in technological firsts having previously live-streamed himself climbing Mt Fuji.

You can listen to a primer on his marathon plans at 0300 Tues on Radio 5live or catch-up via the less chronologically challenging Outriders Podcast where he’s in conversation with my colleague Jamillah Knowles.

The growing importance of smartphones in breaking news coverage has again been underlined, this time by a finalist in the 2010 Online News Association awards.

The Seattle Times has already won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a coffee shop shooting in which four police officers were killed.

Mobile played a major part in its reports on the hunt for a gunman who roamed the Tacoma area for 40 hours before he too was shot dead.

Lead producer Tiffany Campbell told Poynter Online “We made use of video apps like Ustream, Qik and Twitvid to stream live video.

“Whether it was 2am police press briefings or the neighbourhood scene after the suspect was shot and killed, we were able to go live at a moment’s notice.”

She said the paper was focused on smartphones as a primary production platform for live events, particularly when streaming video or social media updates were called for.

Campbell has an excellent presentation on the advance of mobile as a journalism tool: Smartphones = mobile, real-time news production