I read a series of posts on Carnival of Journalism recently pertaining to the future of online video. The general consensus among the journalists contributing to the post is that no one knows where to go with online video journalism, and I assure you, I don't have that answer either.
I can say though, of all the talk about whether the YouTube generation cares about quality or whether we should stop covering car crashes and focus on feature-length documentaries, there's surprisingly little talk about the potential of live video.
We're always trying to find ways to get you video of a news event sooner. Well, what's sooner than as it happens?
The winnipegfreepress.com has been doing live video since early 2009 and has been the only media outlet in the city consistently live streaming events to the web. It's by no means a perfect system (like when the Jets return was announced and the cell networks were clogged), but it's worked most of the time, the quality is decent and we've steadily improved the product over the last three years, adding gear and software. It's a direction we want to keep moving in and according to the viewer numbers, the interest from you is there.
We'll continue to provide coverage of breaking news and produce interesting feature videos and even documentaries from time to time, but expect to see us out in the field providing more live streaming coverage of the events "that matter to you," as the TV promos often say.
Now it's your turn. Here's a series of questions about our video product I'd like you to answer, which you can do by commenting on this post and maybe we can get a conversation going.
1. Do you watch our videos? Why or why not?
2. Do you watch our live streaming coverage? Why or why not?
3. What kind of video coverage do you want to see more of?
4. Do you like videos of puppies and kittens? (if you answer no to this question, you have no soul)