The News, In Selfies

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Laura Gaynor writes:

So RTÉ’s mojocon are running this competition where you have to do a news-report using exclusively a mobile device.I thought I’d send something in, I call it: “The News, in Selfies.”.I strongly believe selfie sticks should be used by journalists. So in that regard, I’d be really interested in hearing what you think.

Be nice.

27 thoughts on “The News, In Selfies

  1. Soundings

    You might have to design an automatic selfie stick which could be attached to the journalist, would focus in on the journalist and leave both their hands free to (a) focus on what they’re reporting (b) hold a piece of paper which they often need to cite notes or statements (c) not be distracted from what’s going around them (d) not be distracted by holding the selfie stick.

    I guess you’re talking about a stick which could attach to a “belt” (it would need to be a more substantial attachment to your body though, more like a bustle or midriff armoury) with some steadycam technology to soften the effects of movement.

    1. Stewart Curry

      I’d say it would need to go over the person’s head like an upside down U and then hang suspended in front of their face, but then you’d have to cover the pole with some kind of green-screen and key it out.

      1. Drogg

        Such a thing already exists it is mostly used for those crazy running shots in movies like requiem for a dream.

      2. Mani

        I think the most appropriate design would be a flexible selfie stick that would loosely loop around the neck and become tighter every time you take a picture.

        1. ahyeah

          Or coil itself around the user’s torso, and insert itself into the anus with a drilling motion

  2. Drogg

    Only an idiot would think its a good idea to do the news on selfie sticks. Any idiot can film events on their phone its a journalist job to give us the clearest picture of whats going on.

  3. Shayna

    Terrible idea – I worked for SkyNews when they introduced the “reporter does all, camera, sound” – it was quickly aborted because it was horrible quality and impossibly difficult for the reporter.

  4. FK

    Selfie sticks will form the bonfire around the stake upon which I am going to burn these people for being gobshites of the highest order.

  5. Omar Sarhan

    Citizen journalism and tweets, that’s a good idea for social progress, considering it worked oh so well in the Arab world a few years ago. Oh wait, it didn’t, it just lead to people who didn’t know much expressing an opinion on things they knew nothing about.

  6. Andyourpointiswhatexactly

    I strongly believe selfie sticks should be …
    Hmm. You said be nice. I can’t so I’ll stop.

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