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Keeping Safe, VERY Safe Over the Holiday
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Check out the news piece that Spectrum TV News put together about my, maybe unhealthy, obsession with security cameras. Sure, I've gone a little over the top but I really do enjoy the opportunity to push a strategy of frustrating criminals with off the shelf technology like cameras.

The spot is focused on ways to keep your property and cars safe in general, and in particular over the July 4 holiday, but gravitates toward my use, and apparent effectiveness, of using security cameras here, there, and, just about everywhere.

I'm particularly happy that the spot mentioned my Crime Footage Index web project.

The project is not well developed and is meant, for now, to be nothing more than a demonstration to police jurisdictions about web services they could run that give people an 'official' depot to submit the footage they gather. The idea is that it would give police a crowd-sourced investigative tool that would not require the taxation of a police report or any expectation of immediate action. Factors I believe exist that prevent them from making such a channel available now.

Content Feeders: Journalism Job of the Future
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The news industry, newspapers in particular, will hone a new role in their newsgathering process: "Feed reporters". Roaming content gatherers dispatched across cities that are neither fully qualified journalists yet are structured and managed direct hires who will drive media to the public immediately.

"Content feeders" sounds a lot like the stringers or freelancers used today, but they won't be on official dispatch. Instead they'll be assigned beats or held on a type of "reserve", on the clock, and trained in the protocols of the news agency employer. They won't be highly paid positions either, these may well be minimum wage by the time all is said and done.

The goal of the feed reporter will be to grab and distribute media first, and facts second. "Unknown crisis" (but here's the picture) or "unknown activity" (but here's the video) will be common taglines which feeders will then be duly expected to fortify with more detail after they have met their obligation to beat competitors in broadcasting the abnormality first.

Feeders will bypass the usual gatekeeping of news, partially by leveraging ambiguity in their own interpretation of what they are capturing and distributing. The old media had a way of handling a news story about the local police chief who crashed his car while drunk - the story might be managed well before it hit print or the 6 o'clock news. The method of handle in the future by contrast will occur only after the media has been seen by thousands if not millions.

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