The market for local television stations was bullish in 2013, driven by the growing political ad revenue and fees paid to those outlets by cable, satellite and telecommunications companies for the right to carry their programming. In 2013, about 300 full-power local stations changed hands for a combined price tag of more than $8 billion, as major companies — from the Sinclair Broadcast Group to the Tribune Company — dramatically expanded their local TV portfolios. Despite that boom, a new survey of 1,300 local television news directors produced by RTDNA and Hofstra University paints a mixed picture of the staffing and spending patterns in local television news.
Juniper Rose likes the convenience of audio news. Katrina Cameron reads news mostly on her iPhone. For Vanessa Ochavillo, Twitter is the best way to stay on top of many different news sources. Daniel Rothberg prefers emailed newsletters in the morning. Will Wright reads a variety of sites but follows Al Jazeera and Reuters for international news. Of all The Bee's interns this summer - we have 15 in news - only the youngest, Isabelle Taft of Yale University, still prefers the printed newspaper to stay informed. That's a preference I more often hear from readers at least in their 50s or 60s. Yet the habits of our interns reflect modern-day news consumption - they are choosing to read what they want, when they want it and how they want it.
StreamQuik, the Irvine, Calif. company that gave us StreamStik (basically a tablet mounted horizontally on a stick, with a built-in encoder and live streaming capability) and a number of other live streaming products, has now taken its wireless IP streaming technology and reduced it into a low-profile pouch that can be integrated onto a bicycle frame.
JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its "F.A.S.T. Track Tour," a series of presentations to promote the live HD streaming capabilities built into its camcorders and related products, as well as to provide information about streaming technology for video professionals. The multi-city tour launches in Boston on Aug. 26, 2014, at the Boston Marriott Newton, and continues to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 23. The free seminars run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include lunch. Short for "Fluent Adaptive Streaming Technology," F.A.S.T. represents streaming technology built into JVC's GY-HM650, GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 cameras that includes content-aware error correction to ensure reliable HD transmission over a variety of Internet connections.
LiveU, a provider of portable live video acquisition, contribution and management solutions, has signed a long-term agreement with Quincy Broadcast Print Interactive to provide its compact LU500 and LU400 uplink units, and LiveU Xtender external antenna solution for live newsgathering operations at its 14 local television stations. "Our local news operations are deeply rooted in their local communities, and LiveU's solutions allow us to deploy more news crews to help bring this local news home to our viewers," said Brady Dreasler, Quincy Broadcast Print Interactive. "The lightweight, small packaging of the LiveU devices ultimately outperformed above their competition, and provided high-quality video when we tested the gear in a handful of markets. The addition of the LiveU Xtender has assisted us in transmitting live video in a tough geographic area or when cellular congestion arises at a popular event."
Dejero, a provider of bonded cellular and hybrid microwave/IP/satellite transmission technologies for mobile newsgathering, has developed a rugged and modular carrier system for the company's portable transmitters, called Dejero LIVE+. Roughly the size of a small briefcase, the LIVE+ Carrier is designed to increase a news crew's mobility and comfort by making it easy to secure and carry a mobile transmitter, such as the LIVE+ 20/20 Transmitter, to the scene of breaking news.
JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., is offering a free three-year extended warranty on parts and labor for a select group of ProHD cameras, including some new 800 Series shoulder-mount models, as well as the SR-HD2500US professional Blu-ray/hard disc drive combo deck and select studio components. Products must be purchased from authorized U.S.-based JVC Professional Products dealers after July 1, 2014, to qualify for the extended warranty.
When Sebastian Lindstrom, co-founder of What Took You So Long, and his team journeyed to Liberia for their latest documentary, they avoided using large, heavy equipment in favor of an iPhone 5s equipped with the iPro Lens System by Schneider Optics. "We are a small documentary production company that specializes in supporting non-profits and development entities around the world," explains Lindstrom. "Our method of filmmaking depends on high-quality, lightweight equipment."
It's a cliché, but it's true. In television production, audio has long been the stepchild of video. But it doesn't have to be. In fact, audio is just as important as video, and -- if you master the techniques well -- it can give you a competitive edge over other videographers. In a one-man-band "run and gun" video shooting situation, recording good audio is much harder than when having a professional sound operator at your side. But it can be done. You simply have to think through what you can and can't do well. What can you do?
Excellence in Journalism 2014, Sept. 4-6, is one of the industry's best journalism training conferences, but it will have even more than just amazing programming and workshop options. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., will host EIJ14's exhibit floor (aka J-Expo), which will provide top-notch educational, networking and recruitment opportunities.
Those summer interns who just arrived in newsrooms across the nation may be enrolled in journalism schools, but the schools likely little resemble the j-schools their supervisors attended. Journalism education -- much like journalism itself -- is in the middle of a massive reboot, one with the potential to redefine how news is produced and consumed in the decades to come. Students still learn the basics, but computer coding and entrepreneurship often are taught alongside copy editing and beat reporting. Digital is the default, and the most innovative schools are churning out students with skills newsrooms may not yet know how to use. "Right in that first journalism class, they're going to be posting on the Web," says Mary T. Rogus, associate professor of electronic journalism at Ohio University. "They learn to shoot and edit video. They're starting out their freshman year being exposed to multiple tools, which is how we have to think of the platforms -- just another tool to tell a story."
The Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio & Television Digital News Association are jointly presenting the Excellence in Journalism 2014 (EIJ14) conference, September 4-6 at the Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, Tenn. Registration is now open and the program samples look inviting...
A couple of months ago, I was intrigued by a new 360 spherical camera that I immediately realized would allow video journalists to enhance certain news stories, especially on station web sites and perhaps as huge images for projection on the background of news studio sets. Ricoh, the company making the new Theta camera, had the same idea for news acquisition and sponsored a contest called "Spherical Report 360" that asked journalists and wannabe journalists to post 360 degree images on a website controlled by CNN. The purpose of the project is to explore new expression methods and possibilities for news images by using the very simple, pocket-sized Ricoh Theta camera..