Bill Hankes, based in Mountain View, CA, said created his new online venture, Sqoop, as a way to help journalists sort through the sometimes mountains of SEC fillings and other court documents to find the real news. He calls the existing manual process "both time consuming and painful." Sqoop was actually started by Hankes and David Kellum, who sought a fast and easy way to alert journalists when public documents become available online--based on the companies and topics they choose to follow. After starting with patent filings and SEC documents, Sqoop is expanding to include alerts on federal court records.
Imagine being ABC News reporter Alexander Marquardt, reporting from a war zone in the Syrian capital of Damascus, apprising viewers of what he sees around him. Basically, that's what TV reporters do. But is it, really? That question has arisen more in the past year or so, because not only can a reporter working with a virtual reality (VR) camera still report about their surroundings, they can capture the 360-degree survey of the scene and bring the viewer along while doing so. That's where companies like Palo Alto, Calif.-based Jaunt enter the picture.
For journalists working live from the field, connecting to 4G/LTE networks in order to get the story back to the station (or live on air) is a must. These networks are easy to find, easy to connect to, and are often the best tool for pulling off a broadcast in a remote location. They have literally redefined the way remote broadcasts are done. However, data carriers such as Verizon and AT&T are placing fewer resources into designing and supporting their 4G/LTE modems. Comrex, a maker of bonded cellular video transmitters for sending video from the field, is addressing this with its new Comrex Connect Modem in order to support the unique needs of remote broadcasters.
ABC affiliate WEHT-WTVW, based in Evansville, Indiana, recently covered a breaking news story that took an unexpected turn and required live video capture and transmission, as station Chief Photographer, John Simpson was on the scene, without traditional live broadcast capability. "Breaking news, by definition, can be chaotic as all of the information comes in," said Bob Freeman, WEHT-WTVW News Director. "Everyday, we use our TVUPack to cover stories throughout the area and on that particular day, WEHT-WTVW Chief Photographer, John Simpson was armed with only his camera gear and his smartphone as the news of a bus accident broke. What began as a story of a bus running into the terminal and being several hours behind schedule evolved into another story about an aspiring college basketball player. While we and our competitors were covering the bus accident, John came across another story there but, in order to do it, he needed to be able to broadcast it live."
Zylight is now shipping Newz, a compact LED on-camera light with barn doors and a novel articulated arm that can position its 60-degree beam spread more directly at a subject. Describing the Newz LED as a "soft but punchy" dimmable whitelight with true color reproduction that features variable color temperatures from tungsten (3200K) to daylight (5600K), Zylight is aiming the palm-size accessory at run-and-gun video journalists that need a heat-free, low-power LED source in an all-in-one package.
Use of Dejero Software With New Bonded HDR Service via BGAN Gives Customers Twice the Bandwidth for Transmitting Video From Remote Locations Bonded cellular system provider Dejero has released an update of its LIVE+ NewsBook software for Mac notebooks, enabling users to bond portable Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals to produce a live stream greater than 1 Mbps of video. This newest Inmarsat L-band service provides additional Internet connectivity and enables live video streaming from anywhere in the world covered by BGAN's satellite network, including extremely remote locations where no other network connections are available. Dejero's LIVE+ NewsBook transforms a Mac notebook into a highly versatile "go-anywhere" video uplink solution.
San Francisco station KRON has added Quadcopter 4 to its newsgathering toolkit. TVNewscheck reports the drone is flown by newscast director Mark Burnette. "It's great to get out of the control room and use my skills as a pilot for the station in this exciting, new way," Burnette said.
There's a new app called UPitch that helps video journalists find and report on stories from around the world, in a wide variety of categories. It's now available on the App Store! Simply download the UPitch app (at http://apple.co/1F8fgTo), put in your industry category filter(s), swipe through micro-pitches (400 characters) and discover great news stories and/or products to cover. The UPitch app is free for everyone. It's a utility for journalists across all media categories to interact and connect with stories and news announcements from PR Pros, Businesses, Organizations and People. It enables journalists to swipe anonymously through concisely crafted pitches consisting of: headline, summary, 400 characters & images on an easy and convenient mobile platform.
Comrex Corporation, based in Devens, Mass., has released a new firmware version for its flagship IP video codec, LiveShot that adds peer-to-peer collaboration and the ability to better manage multiple Comrex LiveShot devices in the field from a central location (e.g., the TV station). This new version (1.4) introduces peer-to-peer connecting via Switchboard for allowing LiveShot users to mix and match hardware easily. SwitchBoard server, a cloud server maintained by Comrex, delivers an active list of other LiveShots in the fleet and allows simplified connection to any of them.
As the upcoming elections continue to heat up, it's becoming more important for video journalists to keep up with the candidates. How else are we supposed to catch what Donald Trump will say or do next? LiveU, a provider of IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions, recently collaborated with Fox 5 News in New York to train reporters and cameramen on how to deliver 360-degree coverage of the elections on a budget.
New Zealand-based production company Kinetic Media used Dejero's LIVE+ bonded cellular mobile transmitters to stream live HD video from field locations to outside broadcast (OB) trucks during televised coverage of the inaugural Challenge Dubai triathlon. Mounted on motorcycles, the rugged and portable LIVE+ transmitters allowed Kinetic Media to transmit live video directly from the men's and women's swimming, running, and cycling courses. "Once again, Dejero's LIVE+ transmitters gave us a first-rate alternative to traditional satellite and microwave trucks for capturing the excitement of a triathlon," said Richard Sutcliffe, producer, Kinetic Media.
So you want to be a "preditor" (producer-editor). Cool word, huh? Preditor - kind of has that lone wolf feel to it. Have DSLR, will travel. And that's kind of what you're doing - being a one-man (or woman) production studio. The more you can do yourself, the more likely you'll get work. That's the reality of video production these days, at least for the web. A potential client wants to fill up his site with video content, and he wants one person to be able to do it. That person should be you. That means that you have to be able to plan out the shoot, execute the shoot - serving as shooter, gaffer and audio tech - then take it home and edit it together on your laptop with basic graphics. Next you export it, send the client the video file or go the extra mile and upload it to Vimeo or YouTube for them, writing up a text description and maybe putting in a tag or two.
The 2016 NJ-SPJ Journalism Awards contest is open as of Jan. 4. Can I enter? We accept stories (and more!) by a journalist who lives or works in New Jersey or who reports about New Jersey or the region. We also welcome entries from people who live and work in New York City and Philadelphia, as long as the story affects New Jersey or New Jerseyans, or is about regional issues like transportation, the cleanliness of our beaches or the economic vitality of our region. We will accept entries on national and international issues if the authors live in New Jersey, or if the entry has a strong NJ angle or if the publication, video channel or website is primarily situated in New Jersey.
MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook is the first book devoted specifically to training citizens, journalism students and media professionals to produce professional-quality videos with only a mobile device. As journalism becomes increasingly competitive, students and emerging professionals need a broader skillset to make themselves more employable, whether as mainstream or entrepreneurial journalists. This book by Dr. Ivo Burum and Dr. Stephen Quinn, world experts in mobile journalism, provides comprehensive coverage of all the skills and practices needed to be a mobile journalist.
Vizrt Helps Video Journalism Students Learn Graphics Creation With New Starter Program Viz Artist designers are some of the most sought after broadcast designers in the world. Vizrt is offering a special program for all aspiring broadcast designers to give their careers a head start in the media industry.The Vizrt Student License Program is offered to both freelancers and students (enrolled to educational institutions). The program has been created to provide special pricing for Viz Artist, Vizrt’s real-time 3D modeling and animation application that is used to design scenes for all of Vizrt’s graphics products. Using specially licensed software and a series of tutorials, you will become an expert in what’s become the design standard for broadcast.
Hey all, Jake here, audio products reviewer for VJT. This month I'm taking a look at Hammer & Anvil's new MK ENG 600 Shotgun microphone. The ENG 600 comes from the company's new line of HDSLR professional audio production tools that equip the up-and-coming Video Journalist with everything he or she could need when trying to capture audio for video. The ENG 600 has all the features of an amazing professional shotgun microphone. Measuring 15 inches in length, the ENG 600 is surprisingly lightweight, which makes it perfect for all day shoots, whether following behind a shooter, or attaching to the top of your camera with the microphone's shock mount.