News gathering is a difficult job and if you’re a working journalist, you already understand the difficulties involved in getting a scoop, particularly if said scoop is controversial, classified, dangerous or in the middle of a desert.
Gaining access to public information from the government through the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state “sunshine” laws is often a challenging, time consuming and costly endeavor for journalists.
The next generation of reporters has something new in their toolbox and it could forever change broadcasting into a hands-free, first person experience. Google Glass — a wearable computer that’s not yet available to the public – has been put in the hands of developers and other testers in the Glass Explorers program to field test, and for the last month, I’ve been experimenting with Glass to see how reporters might be able to use this hands-free device.
There are environmental/agriculture stories to be told about pollution and drought that have the potential of being shared only from a bird’s eye view using video-capturing drones, said Scott Pham, content director at KBIA radio.
News leaders can now access insights into integrating new technologies and fostering innovation in their newsrooms at home on the couch, in the break room with colleagues or on their way to a meeting via a new iPad app.