Live Streaming the News

Exploring opportunities on livestreaming platforms

People and organizations (for instance, event organizers and musicians) are doing a lot of live-stream content delivery.  But we haven’t seen as much interest among most news organizations. There are some good open-source technology tools available that have the ability to interact live with audiences across multiple platforms. For this project, a team of students will prototype news organization that exists exclusively on one or more streaming platforms to derive insights and best practices.

Faculty and Staff Leads

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

Emmy winning interactive producer & Associate Professor @NorthwesternU, @KnightLab. Formerly of The New York Times. Creator of TimelineJS & StoryMapJS

Project Details

2020 Fall

Important Questions
  • What are the norms for a broadcaster on different streaming platforms?
  • What capabilities could news organizations leverage from the existing set of streaming tools?
  • What does the audience on these platforms expect as far as engagement, especially with content other than gaming?
Outcome

For this project, a team of students will prototype news organization that exists exclusively on one or more streaming platforms to derive insights and best practices. The insights and best practices will be captured in a series of blog posts or videos that can help news organizations get started with streaming platforms.

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