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August 01 2011


CNN's iReport at Five Years: "Core of How We Tell Big, Breaking Stories"

On Tuesday (August 2), hundreds of citizen reporters around the world will attend Meetups organized by CNN to mark the fifth year anniversary of its iReport.

CNN iReport has over 800,000 registered contributors in virtually every nation, says Lila King, Participation Director at CNN Digital and longtime head of iReport, in this interview with Beet.TV

CNN is the leader in integrating UGC into mainstream media news coverage, surfacing content onto both on television and on CNN.com.  Says King, contributions of citizen reporters have become "core of he the way we tell big, breaking stories."

The five years of iReporter have found that editors at CNN have expanded the scope of their work as news "gatherers" to news gatherer/curators.   

In the segment she explains the vetting process around contributed content.

A CNN spokeswoman tells Beet.TV via email that the there are 2.6 million monthly views of iReport content and that an average of 15,000 videos and photos are uploaded monthly to the site.

We spoke with King last week at our studios in New York.

Andy Plesser


May 06 2011


YouTube is Managing Graphic, Violent Videos from the Middle East with Community Help

SAN BRUNO, CA -- YouTube has been an essential platform for videos of street violence in the Middle East, mostly camera phone uploads of events not covered by the news media. 

The footage is raw and often contain graphic violence which may not be suitable for the giant sharing site. 

While explicit violent videos are not permitted on YouTube, the video sharing site has made an exception for news aroud the uprising in the Middle East,says Olivia Ma, Manager of News.

Last month, Beet.TV visited the YouTube headquarters where we spoke with Ma about operations at YouTube News.  In this segment, she explains how YT members help identify violent content and how the YT staff engages and decides what actions to take.

Andy Plesser


July 26 2010


WikiLeaks Episode Marks Big Development for The Guardian's "Data Journalism"

LONDON -- The Guardian newspaper has been in the forefront of managing, interpreting and publishing government data as a new form of content -- and business.

While the publication of U.S. military secrets via WikiLeaks is not the sort of thing the paper has been doing with authorized, publicly-released U.K. government data, the publication is a big development in this emerging field.

Stephen Dunn, who is Head of Technology Strategy at Guardian Media, said in an email message about the publication:  

"...it does show the capacity of a news organization experienced in data journalism and dealing with large datasets, such as the Guardian. 

Why was the Guardian able to do this -- as well as our reputation for journalism and our values - our experience in dealing with large datasets, and our experience in data journalism online - there for we had a team in place to handle and deliver."

In March in London, at the Guardian offices, I interviewed Dunn on the emerging business of data journalism.  We have republished that interview today.

Below is a video of The Guardian's David Lee explaining the report:

Andy Plesser

June 04 2010


VC Vinod Khosla on Gulf Oil Spill: "A Disaster is a Terrible Thing to Waste"

LOS ANGELES -- Vinod Khosla, one of the world's most powerful venture capitalist, says in this video interview that the oil spill in the Gulf will spur innovation in clean energy development.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has just joined Khosla Ventures as an advisor.   In this interview, Khosla speaks the former PM's role.

While a majority of investments of Khosla Ventures are in clean tech, it invests in several Internet start-ups including Hunch, YuMe and Slide.

I interviewed Khosla yesterday at the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital conference.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

April 08 2010


BBC Newsroom Chief on the Evolution of Web Video Reportage -- The Power of "Show and Tell" Reporting from Krygyzstan

LONDON -- Video news reportage for the Web, different than conventional television news, is quickly evolving and the BBC is innovating in a variety of forms including one which the newsroom calls a "show and tell."

Recently in London, I spoke with Mary Hockaday, Head of the BBC Newsroom, about for video news reporting for the Web. 

She refers to an emerging format for correspondents on the ground to act as a sort of guide, providing an unscripted, personalized tour of the circumstances of a news story on the ground.

This form was dramatically on display in yesterday's historic report from BBC correspondent Rayhan Demytrie, in a dispatch from the main square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, site of the violent anti-government demonstrations.

About the circumstances of the historic report, Hockaday told me via email this morning:

"She is our BBC reporter there, so multimedia, she files regularly for the BBC Kyrgyz service but also for all our outlets when there is a news story of interest to wider audiences, as now.  It's a reflection of the BBC's commitment to foreign newsgathering that we have someone on the ground in places like Kyrgyztan able to provide immediate, informed reportage and analysis."

The New York Times has assembled a report of video dispatches of yesterday's violent unrest from the BBC, YouTube, Reuter and the AP. 

In this interview, Hockaday outlines the elements successful online video journalism including "honest" headline writing, proper thumbnail selection and value of "unmediated" video content.

I interviewed her at the offices of the Guardian newspaper which hosted our Beet.TV event on March 8.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

Below: Screen shot of  BBC correspondent Rayhan Demytrie


January 21 2010


Brightcove Live Player Debuts with Hillary Clinton Address about Internet Freedom

Hilary Earlier today, Brightcove, a providers of video publishing and distribution services, debuted its live platform in streaming a news-making speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the topic of Internet Freedom.

The U.S. State Department is customer of Brightcove.   While customers have the capability to use outside  live services video into the Brightcove player, including Livestream which is a partner, the company is making a big push around its own native live platform.

Live is growing.  A Brightcove executive told me that the utilization of live streaming tools are part of virtually all new business conversations.

You can watch the Clinton speech and other of the day's panel here.   

In her blog post, Brightcove's Kristin Cronin explains how the program has been uploaded the State Department site and to the State Department's Facebook page.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

Disclaimer:  Brightcove is a sponsor of Beet.TV

January 14 2010


CBS News Investigative Unit Lands Real-Time Video of Haiti Earthquake

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CBS News has acquired a surveillance tape showing the Haiti earthquake as it happen.   CBS says it was acquired by its Investigative Unit.

CBS uploaded the video to its YouTube channel.

Yesterday we reported on how Reuters got the first video out of the devastated country after the earthquake. 

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer


Reuters Videographer in Haiti Finds Friendly Embassy with Internet to FTP First Quake Footage

NEW YORK, NY -- Reuters was first with this stunning video of the devastating earthquake in Haiti which haS been seen on CNN, CBS News, on YouTube and many outlets around the globe.

With electricity out throughout the capital, a resourceful stringer brought the video file on a laptop to a "friendly embassy" with an Internet connection and sent the historic footage via FTP to London.

Earlier today in New York, we spoke about the crisis coverage with Sean Maguire, the London-based global editor of politics and world affairs who was here today.

He explained how Reuters prepares by for crisis coverage by training the staff and creating networks of local stringers. 

The stringer network in Haiti was tentative today.  The news service's Haiti text stringer went missing for several hours, as Sean said in the interview, but resurfaced by late afternoon to everyone's relief.

Maguire declares, "this is kind of story that wire services were invented for." 

Not relying just on FTP to get files out of the county, the news service flew a satellite transmission unit to the Port au Prince airport this morning on the first chartered flight from Miami, Maguire told me.

More on television coverage of the Haiti crisis can be found on TVNewser.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

December 07 2009


Republicans Embracing YouTube with "Tons and Tons" of Uploads...but No One Beats Nancy Pelosi's Cat Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  Stung from  the 2008 election losses, Republican members of Congress are uploading videos to  YouTube in much greater numbers than Democrats.

Here's what YouTube's Olivia Ma told the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable in Washington, D.C. last week.  (At 2:00)

"It's been very stark to see how eager the Republican Party has been to get on YouTube....uploading tons and tons of videos to YouTube.  Absolutely a fire has been lit under that party in terms of YouTube, specifically."

In January, YouTube launched HouseHub, site which provides each member of the House of Representatives their own YouTube channel.  A separate site for the Senate is called "Senate Hub."

Earlier in this segment, veteran political strategist Joe Trippi says that the Republicans are making making waves as the "insurgent party." 

With a different take is NBC News Washington Bureau Chief  Mark Whitaker who says that Republicans have had the more sophisticated approach to media for many years.

Later in this video, Obama campaign video strategist Max Harper says that many despite the the battle between the parties, many young people are not aligned with parties but movements.

Some reports find that the Republican party is more successful on Twitter.  

Nancy Pelosi Has Viral Hit with Her Office Cats

If the Republicans are winning on YouTube, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is putting up a good fight .  She has 1,835 videos uploaded to YouTube and 250,000 channel views, which makes her among  the most prolific uploader in Congress.

She seems to have a viral hit the her video titled The Capitol Cat Cam (pasted below).  It has 377,704 views.

Online Video Roundtable 

This is the first of a series of segment edited from two-hour event held on December 1 at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C. If you'd like to watch the entire program, you can find it on our Livestream channel.

As of today, there have been 8,000 viewers watching 100,000 minutes of the Webcast.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

December 01 2009


MSNBC.com Targets Facebook, Blogs, Launches New Emeddable Player -- Could Have Giant Hit with WH "Crashers" on Today Show

MSNBC.com today introduced a new embeddable player in a move to increase consumption of news video to other locations, notably on Facebook. 

The new player comes in three different sizes, making it usable on a variety of Web pages and social networks.

The features allow consumers to share clips from NBC News and MSNBC Cable shows on Facebook, Twitter, and Newsvine. 

Consumers can embed video clips right into their Facebook timelines, e-mail them or post them to Twitter right from the embedded player.  Consumers also have the ability to edit the video to select only the portion of the clip they’d like to view, the company says.

More details and strategy around the new player will be addressed later today at the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable by Stokes Young, Multimedia Editor for MSNBC.com.  Tune in from 4-6 ET.

In October, I spoke with MSNBC.com president and publisher Charlie Tillinghast. He spoke about plans for the new player. I have republished that interview today.

Good timing for launch of the new player with The Today Show's exclusive interview this morning with Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the alleged White House party crashers. The video went online within 30 minutes of the broadcast.

We have posted the player below.  Suggestion, go to options and hit full screen.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

November 21 2009


eBay is a Style Barometer: Plaids, Rocker-Chic and Leather Jackets are Hot, Says Constance White

NEW YORK, NY-- eBay has the pulse of the fashion market because, "It's probably the only place that a person could come to and really see the breadth and depth of style at their fingertips," says Constance White, Style Director for eBay.

Yesterday, Andy met up with White, a former fashion writer for the New York Times,  who explained that eBay is a reflection of real-time fashion trends.  The top trend of the moment according to traffic on eBay plaid, leather jackets, and the rocker-chic look.

In addition, eBay has recently launched a line of mobile boutiques to appear in 13 cities this holiday season.  The 5,500 square feet New York pop-up store will be open today until November 27th and has already been visited by the likes of Kim Kardashian, actress and avid eBay seller. 

In the latter half of the video, White shows us some styles in Kim's eBay store, including some from her own collection.  Some of the proceeds from Kim Kardashian's sales will go to charities, including the Dream Foundation

Online or in store, eBay shoppers can donate to a charity of their choice at checkout and eBay will match the final donation up to $200,000.  At the 57th Street location, it will match every purchase dollar-for-dollar, up to an additional $200,000.

Check here for White's interview with Narciso Rodriguez on his upcoming eBay collection.

Allison Salewski, Associate Producer

You can also find our story on NBC Local Bay Area.

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