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February 10, 2004

What is ITJ....

Interactive Tele-Journalism is a means with which to empower a community with the ability to act in aggregate as the director of a television news program. In a sense it is a merging of concepts relating to online communities, tele-presence, television news and interactive TV. It allows members of community to push discussion and questions in what is otherwise a passive medium (television news) in a direction that interests them. Specifically it allows individuals viewing a television program to engage in discussion with each other as well as individually and in aggregate determine specific elements of the news programming. For example, an individual viewer of a live interview (as an example program) is able to log on to the program website and chat with other viewers as well as send comments and questions to the interviewer (tele-journalist) who may subsequently pose that question the interviewee.

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System diagram

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Influences and more

Dan Gillmor's New Journalism
JD's New Media Musings: Participatory media and his Series on Participatory Journalism.
Smart Mobs - The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold

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February 11, 2004

Recent and relevant

  • Some folks at Bristol Wireless have developed a Wireless Backpack Repeater
  • Ryutaroh Matsumoto has a page describing how to use Firewire cameras with Linux. It has some great information regarding FFMPEG, DV cameras, IIDC (or "FireWire digital cameras") and Gnomemeeting. He also has a nice utility for capturing from IIDC cameras and handing off to FFMPEG in a usable format located here.
  • VisiWear brings us the ST 3100 a wearable wireless, MPEG-4 video conferencing unit.
  • unmediated: Tracking the tools that decentralize the media.
  • OhmyNews is using public WiFi to cover the news: Journalism's Ultimate Road Warriors
  • Jeff Jarvis on Reality News
  • Dan Gillmor's book in progress - Making the News: Draft available online.
  • Jay Rosen's brings us BloggerCon: Discussion Notes for, "What is Journalism? And What Can Weblogs Do About It?"
  • Lisa Williams brings us Talking Back to the World DIY MST3K
  • Dave Winer thinks we should Merge news and reality television?
  • Why We Need Video Aggregators
  • NYC Grassroots Media Conference
  • Forbes tells us The BBC Deploys Video Cell Phones
  • Eli Chapman let me know about Wearable VJ Pack from CNN
  • The People Speak

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    Software Applications

    First up are the applications that run on the portable broadcasting unit:

    In the above image you see what is displayed on the touch screen monitor that is mounted on the steady cam and is running on the portable streaming computer. On the top left there is a button panel that enables quick launching of the various applications required: MP4Live for streaming, Corriander for camera capture and last an application for viewing the audience feedback. The video window appears on the right and acts as a viewfinder for the tele-journalist. On the bottom is the application that displays the audience comments.

    Next is the in-studio stream/chat reception and rebroadcasting application:

    The top portion of this application allows the studio staff to monitor the audience chat and gives them the ability to select messages for display on TV. The bottom portion of the application allows them to select a tele-journalist stream (or live in-studio camera) and switch between feeds.

    Here is an example of the television output of the above application:

    The chat messages from the audience appear at the bottom of the screen and the feed from the tele-journalist takes up the rest.

    Last is an image of the simple application that audience uses to interact with each other and the tele-journalist:

    I often leave this application running and you can try it out for yourself

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    Emerging Technology Presentation

    Web version of the slides from my presentation.

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    February 17, 2004

    ITJ Mailing List

    Visit this page to subscribe.
    It should be a fairly low volume list for the time being as I will generally be using it for announcements but feel free to subscribe and post anything and everything that is relevant.

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