Futures Lab Update #107: From Smartphone to Control Room; Graphics in Small Places

    by Reuben Stern
    May 21, 2015
    The mobile streaming service Yottio aims to create the full production service at the user level. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.

    This week we check out a tool that turns smartphones into mini satellite-TV trucks, and we get tips on creating a team to do graphics and data visualization.

    "We wanted to bring together that traditional production tool set all the way down to the user level, on their phone, on their device, and be able to take realtime live-streaming video from that person into a production workflow, give them -- like a satellite truck -- a network return, so they know what they're participating in, and then be able to extend things like Talkback into the production, all the way through with that user." -- Jon Lawrence, CEO and president, Yottio

    PART 1: Yottio

    A startup called Yottio has built a system to get live footage from multiple smartphone users directly into a studio broadcast. It also provides two-way communication between the control room and the phones. We hear how it works from cofounder and CEO Jon Lawrence.
    Reporting by Rachel Wise, Reuben Stern and Gabriel Jefferson.


    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

    PART 2: Starting a graphics desk

    Adding a graphics team can be tough for a small newsroom starting from scratch. We get some advice from Jaeah Lee, reporter and graphic journalist at Mother Jones.
    Reporting by Katy Mersmann.

    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]


    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

    FuturesLabWebBanner-mediashiftThe Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad appto watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new episode.

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