posted by rebekah
LiveNewsCameras.com, a Fox news experiment in new media, hosts live news feeds from broadcast news stations around the world. Users can sign in and participate in a live chat (responding to a news event, asking questions, etc). A moderator (seen via webcam) keeps an eye on the news feeds as well as the chat room. As events happen, she mentions the event and the associated news feed verbally, on chat, and on twitter.
According to New Communications Review Andrew Finlayson, VP and news director, Fox News Chicago stated, “We think of this as an experiment on many levels. Is the platform stable, will the audience like it, will they come back, does unfiltered news work, can we help moderate it with a light hand, can we find more news sources to point to, does the concept expand, and what does it say about democracy and the future of journalism if we can start streaming every kind of news event raw…politics, weather, business, etc?”
I have kept the website up and visible on my screen with the audio on for about an hour to watch and listen to the commentary from the moderator. In the hour I watched, the moderator stated event details from the news feed, responded aloud to questions posted via chat (which can be disconcerting if you aren’t logged onto chat and can’t see the question), and talked to her co-worker that came to visit. It is a mix between watching an informal newscast, watching two co-workers talking at the water cooler, and watching someone type on a computer.
I can see how the site is helpful when news shows are “on air” and can be streamed, but the chat and moderator seem as if they would only appeal to the serious news junkie. I think we have more learning to do before Web 2.0 tools are fully optimized, but it is fun to watch the experimentation.
What do you think? Is LiveNewsCameras.com the solution for media or do we still have more to learn? What do you think will be learned from Fox News’ experiment?