Journos talk using new, live video-streaming app Meerkat

Apps that let you broadcast video is nothing new.

In 2013, social media app Pheed reportedly let users live-stream video to other users. More recently, another app, called Mobli (which is said to have acquired Pheed) claimed it let users do the same.

Neither seemed to attract much attention from journalists. But the new app, Meerkat, looks like it already has since reportedly arriving on the Apple App Store just last month.

Poynter talked to a reporter that has already used the app, which boasts it “allows you to stream live video from your phone to all of your Twitter followers at once.”

In an email, tech writer Monica Guzman told Poynter, “On the surface, it looks like a really great tool for breaking news and developing news.”

Poynter also talked to TV anchor Amy Wood, who emailed the blog saying she had already used Meerkat for breaking news and that it’s easy to use for those already on Twitter.


Other publications that have tried Meerkat shared their expressive with Digiday.

One of them, the BBC, used Meerkrat to cover the aftermath of the recent police shootings in Ferguson. Missouri.

BBC reporter Franz Strasser told Digiday, “We’re still not entirely convinced this is the best option, but we’re willing in trying out all these different platforms.”

Another was Mashable, which, at this year’s SXSW, used the app to interview people and give tours of Austin, Texas. Areas of improvement, Mashable Collective’s Jeff Petriello told Digiday, were “lighting and sound.”


MSNBC, NowThis working together to deliver on Facebook video news

Following the unveiling of Snapchat Discover, which features reports expiring in 24 hours, MSNBC and distributor NowThis have reportedly joined to deliver on Facebook their own “daily” videos.

That’s according to Variety, which reports MSNBC will produce two videos a day, while NowThis will serve as a “distributor of digital video.”


“One [of the videos], “Sound Off,” will focus on a breaking story in the morning that users can discuss and debate. The other, “FacePalm,” will appear toward the end of the day and examine one of the most shocking or frustrating events in the news cycle. The videos series will be released through NowThis’ and MSNBC’s Facebook pages.”

The two programs are described as “daily,” but whether they expire in 24 hours like Snapchat Discover’s news reports remains unclear. There is also no word on when they will debut.

When they do, it appears one way the videos will to distinguish themselves from Discover’s content is by engaging viewers, at least in the case of “Sound Off.”

How HuffPo LA, which rarely covers sports, live-tweeted an NBA game

Huffington Post L.A., Huffington Post’s section focusing on Los Angeles news, did something unusual Wednesday. The blog, which seems to seldom cover sports, live-tweeted an NBA game between the L.A. Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.

According to Huffington Post L.A.’s Twitter bio, all of the account’s tweets are by Huffington Post editor Sasha Bronner.

Some of the tweets were edgy, apparently taking a snarky jab at the telecast’s music selection, other times poking fun at Clippers player Glen “Big Baby” Davis.

Here is a taste of what was tweeted:

The snark was toned down with a question to “readers”:

Ultimately, the live-tweeting got some negative responses. Here is one: (Sorry, embedding the other, which had an emoji, did not work)

(I was unfortunately unable to see the game myself, so will try not to go too far when commenting.)

Huffington Post L.A. deserves credit for “trying something new,” but commenting on the music and making “Big Baby” jokes showed an apparent lack of basketball knowledge.

New York Times social media team does not forget old school principles

In journalism, fundamentals are important. And at The New York Times, editorial judgement is among the rules stressed not just in the traditional forms of reporting, but on social media as well.

Michael Roston, editor on The New York Times social media desk, told the American Journalism Review working in “different journalistic settings” helps journalists know what is newsworthy. His experience, he said, came from working as the paper’s “overnight homepage editor.”

And when it comes to on what platforms they deliver this news, Roston told AJR it depends on what’s worth the time.

“We’re certainly interested in all sorts of different platforms and finding new ways to connect to readers, and I think the questions always are, ‘How much effort are you going to invest, and will it payoff enough to make it worthwhile?’ Sometimes it’s good not to be first on some of these things, though, because sometimes they turn out to be nothing.”

Here is the post with more of what he had to say about The New York Times social media’s approach.