“If we do this live, the footage will go straight to the web and they won’t be able to remove it,” Tim Pool said.
It was with that quote that Pool, live-streaming Occupy Wall Street journalist, encapsulated the deep allure of mobile journalism.
It’s raw, it’s unfiltered and and, more importantly, anyone can do it. Tim Pool was just one example of how this new development of journalism has taken hold.
In a more modern example, one only has to look back about a year, when the Ferguson protests began.
The area was a proverbial war zone. Like Pool said, it was nearly impossible to get news trucks in there. First Amendment rights were being limited under Marshall Law. Most of the story was told by individuals and brave journalists through live web updates.
It’s events like these that truly display the true potential of innovation in the journalistic spectrum. New voices are being heard virtually for free and reporters are forced to take new angles on stories to keep up with the market.
But that brings forth it’s own issue: how does ethical, unbiased reporting continue in this no-limits, free world. After all, for every journalist, there is usually some sort of money that’s funding their, well…. survival.
With the rise of apps like Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat also comes a new question: how do we monetize this medium?