Smartphone cameras and 4G mobile internet are supporting a growing popularity in livestreaming apps – Meerkat has gone viral, Stre.am has launched as a rival and Twitter has reportedly sunk more than $50 million into an unreleased livestreaming app called Periscope.
But how could they be useful for journalists? Will this democratisation of livestreaming affect broadcasters or social media desks? And, more importantly, are they actually any good?
Alastair Reid discusses the issues with:
- Paul Bradshaw, a digital journalism expert and author who runs the online journalism MA at Birmingham City University
- Tim Pool, mobile journalism expert and multimedia journalist, Fusion