You remember the day when Walter Cronkite removed his thick black rimmed glasses as he read from a sheet, put them back on and then removed them again, only to confirm to the world that President John F. Kennedy was dead? I don’t. Then again, I was still among the clouds waiting for that stork to bring me down. I only had to wait another two decades. The point is, there used to be a time when news was a rare commodity, 6pm or the morning papers. Can you imagine rejoicing when they started releasing an evening edition?
News has come a long way. Just fifteen years ago I had to go to the neighbor’s house to enjoy cable and good luck finding a channel airing any programming after 11pm! Now it goes beyond 50 channels of network news running 24 hours of worldly updates 7 days a week- generating the 24/7 news cyclone. Simply the Internet has created a new monster while slaying the behemoth, that were once newspaper men. We’ve gotten to the point where news anchors read blogs for the most up to date information.
With user generated news content promoting the world’s population current events to news makers, it’s hardly the time to keep ruffling those tattered ink stained papers or even bothering surfing between Beck and Olbermann. With programs like CNN’s iReport and Current TV, the trend of user generated news proves the power of access. Just this summer, Twitter and other social media networks such as Facebook, became the tool of what seemed to be an Iranian revolution. Have you heard them crying “Neda”? The news is the people’s realm.
Watchitoo’s live content collaboration gives the ability to bring news to the world in a new way. In creating my show “Living News,” news isn’t just live it is alive, I have set the stage for reporting stories that are not rigid but breathing and open to modifications by any user in real-time. Watchitoo provides an interactive forum for the public to: report their news, stream live if activating webcams, upload video of events, pictures, and other relevant content. Plus the news engagement also encompasses an open forum of discussion with video and text chat. On Watchitoo, news isn’t just broadcast and consumed, participants add a fresh layer to the news, enhancing coverage by becoming reporters and commentators.
The fact is that the public has been consuming and contributing to news for decades yet only now does technology provide them the arena to report and disseminate it. New technologies allow the public to consume news through various distribution channels and at times interact around news in a collaborative environment such as Watchitoo. The 24/7 news cyclone continues to grow but the News Hierarchy dissolves over time as more consumers become news creators and distributors. Real-time news coverage is more widely embracing social media, visible by occurrences like facebook connect integration with Huffington Post. Give the collaborative experience a try see what it’s like living news.