Through the Google Glass (and journalism) - Part II
|A recent accident on Washington and Hurley avenues in Kingston, N.Y. captured through Glass.|
Google Glass is making us rethink the way we consume and produce news.The promise.
Google Glass — the high-tech wearable augmented reality device— has the potential to reshape journalism for both consumers and producers.
I should know. I’m a journalist.
So when Google opened its Glass “Explorer” program, in which a group of people would be selected to get a pair, I applied on Twitter using the hashtag “#ifIHadGlass,” sending a pitch about why I should be chosen to be one of the 8,000 experimental participants. Here's a recap of that:
So I obtained a pair (The current explorer edition was $1,500, so the company was kind enough to pay for it).
It was time to deliver.
I should note that, as an editor, most of my work day is spent at a desk. I have no idea how I've manage to do all of this.
For journalistic purposes, I've been doing explainers, including a reddit 'Ask Me Anything' session, and have been developing Glass techniques, tips, tricks for journalists, and thinking about news apps from a user’s point of view.
There are as many things you can do with Glass as there are story ideas.
What it means for journalism
From a journalist's perspective:
Currently, Google Glass can help improve journalism by enhancing live coverage, communication and engagement.
Enhancing live coverage: It’s much easier to take photos and videos with Glass. I can't stress this enough. It’s the equivalent of having a phone ready to take a picture or video right in front of you at all times. You can easily cover fires, protests, floods, conferences, fairs, you name it. The coverage benefits from having eyes on the ground, and allowing your audience to be part of that experience.
Tim Pool of Vice used his Android device to find a way to livestream with Glass:
"When there's a wall of police firing plastic bullets at you, and you're running through a wall of tear-gas, having your hands free to cover your face, while saying 'OK Glass, record a video', makes that recording process a lot… easier."
Sarah Hill, put it bluntly: "Glass –- and other wearable devices -– will turn satellite trucks and bulky equipment into museum pieces."
Mandy Jenkins, a colleague at Digital First Media, brainstormed some ideas with some folks from the Online News Association, about what Glass could offer. Among them was to "Incorporate augmented reality layering with reporter created and curated information about a local area or landmark."
From a user's perspective:
What’s that song I’m hearing and is the band playing nearby? (Glass latest update does have a Shazaam-like song recognition search).
Sure, Glass is just a tool, but it’s a tool that changes the way we experience news.
So the question is, will the news industry be blind to Glass?
PREVIOUSLY: Through the Google Glass (and journalism) Part I
A much tighter version of this post is scheduled to appear in the October issue of the Local News Association's newsletter.