With the Republican National Convention commencing on July 18th and the Democratic National Convention on the 25th, election coverage is ramping up as the reality of our official presidential nominees sets in. The coverage of these two conventions will take the idea of continuous news reporting to a whole new level. With Twitter recently announcing its live video stream coverage and the RNC releasing a new app with 360 degree cameras, these conventions are going to be the most tech-savvy and interactive yet.
On July 11th, Twitter announced it will partner with CBSN to provide live video coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. According to the Wall Street Journal, this is the first time Twitter has officially live streamed something while partnering with a broadcast network. Tweets and the video will simultaneously appear on the screen, so people are able to watch what is going on as well as read and participate in written commentary. This instant coverage feature makes convention events easily accessible to those not in attendance. Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer, believes they are “giving people around the world the best way to experience democracy in action.”
To help with convention news and reporting, the Republican National Convention launched an app on July 6th. The purpose of this app is to give the American public the opportunity to see what really goes on during the convention without actually having to be there. Features include a live stream feed, 360-degree cameras, directions, and recommendations for Cleveland, the host city of the convention. According to the Times Reporter, viewers will be able to “see every angle of the action” with the 360-degree cameras, while people at the convention will also benefit from the amenities of the app. With mapping, directions, bus schedules and vendor recommendations, the Cleveland visitors will receive all of the information they need to be prepared at the RNC.
According to Yahoo News, the Democratic National Convention is also planning on launching an app as their convention nears. Both conventions’ apps are more technologically advanced than the respective apps launched in 2012. The apps for the 2012 election were not as interactive and advanced, or up to date with their coverage. DNC spokesperson Morgan Finkelstein stated, “When our convention app launches, with more inclusive and engaging features than ever before, it will indisputably raise the bar.”
The conventions’ apps and Twitter live streaming coverage demonstrates that today, information is readily available at our fingertips. Do we lose credibility and perspective with these new technologies? Traditional journalism exists to “offer the reader a service” by providing critical analysis, as live streaming technology leaves interpretation fully up to the public. While this new style of media is exciting for technological innovation, we need to understand the importance in valuing traditional journalism in order to receive stories that are valid, fair, and present with in-depth inquiry.