2016 will be the year of livestreaming video for journalism. Its rise started in 2015 with Meerkat and then Twitter’s Periscope. It was just the right moment for live video: faster mobile networks, better smartphones with great cameras, and easy-to-use apps made all the difference. Even more important: Twitter brought its user base along with its Periscope purchase.
Now that Facebook has introduced live video for its verified users and pages, we’ll see an explosion of live reporting, talk shows, and all kinds of experiments. No longer do we need studios and fancy equipment — the smartphone in our pocket will do, with decent sound and video quality. That opens up new possibilities for publishers, bloggers, authors and journalists.
In 2016, we’ll do it live!