Tune in to just about any traditional TV news program and the chances are you’ll see a horrific train crash or other frightening catastrophe. This kind of news illustrates the old saying ” If it bleeds, it leads.” The calamity may have happened on the other side of the world. It may have no direct connection to the viewers. In reality it’s a form of entertainment that delivers eyeballs to advertisers. But there is another category of news—local journalism—that aims to inform people and point them to the way of constructive activity. Here’s an example about a community’s effort to develop affordable housing in a rural community of only a few thousand people:
Filmmaker Corey Ohama used an iPhone 6+ with a fotosafari Blackwing stabilizer to shoot everything but the interviews. John Korty shot the interviews using a traditional camera.
With the development of Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live, local journalists now have the option of streaming news in real time as well as producing edited news reports. Easy to predict that moving forward mobile-shot local news will become increasingly popular and important
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