Live Streaming the News

Exploring opportunities on livestreaming platforms

Platforms like Twitch are growing audience at break-neck speed thanks in part to covid lockdowns. But we haven’t seen as much interest among most news organizations. When we do see legacy news organizations streaming to places like Twitch or YouTube live, they simply stream their broadcast instead of creating native content that allows user engagement. The form tends to be much more casual and success tends to come from interacting with the audience to a degree we rarely see from a news organization. For this project, a team of students will build on the results of the previous quarter in which students experimented and prototyped news live-streams and created guides and insights into streaming on Twitch. The goal for this project is to create workflows, tools and resources for journalists to leverage Twitch as a platform for journalism.

Live Streaming the News is accepting applications for Winter 2021. See project details here.

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
Live Streaming the News

Description

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.

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.

Students

Lydia Rivers

Bennett Baker

Beck Dengler

Andrew Bridgeman

Judy Lee

2021 Winter
Live Streaming the News

Description

Platforms like Twitch are growing audience at break-neck speed thanks in part to covid lockdowns. But we haven’t seen as much interest among most news organizations. When we do see legacy news organizations streaming to places like Twitch or YouTube live, they simply stream their broadcast instead of creating native content that allows user engagement. The form tends to be much more casual and success tends to come from interacting with the audience to a degree we rarely see from a news organization. For this project, a team of students will build on the results of the previous quarter in which students experimented and prototyped news live-streams and created guides and insights into streaming on Twitch. The goal for this project is to create workflows, tools and resources for journalists to leverage Twitch as a platform for journalism.

Important Questions
  • How can we make the technology for broadcasting more accessible and useful for journalists?
  • What content forms and practices connect journalists to the Twitch culture as it exists now?
  • What does the audience on these platforms expect as far as engagement, especially with content other than gaming?
Outcome

The goal for this project is to create workflows, tools and resources for journalists to leverage Twitch as a platform for journalism.

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