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Election coverage, via the iPhone


There's an app for election coverage, too.
So learned the intrepid journalists at Channel 7 last night.
Parts of the TV station's report from Ogdensburg, where Republican Mayor Bill Nelson and independent challenger Jack McGrath are within nine votes of one another, was filed by Sarah Compo using an iPhone.
"The system was dirt simple: do quick interview, email it to a gmail account here, where we would drop it into a video editor, trim the clip, and play it back on the air," news director Scott Atkinson told me via email.
We usually assume TV journalists are going to lug massive, shoulder-fired RPG-looking devices, but as video quality on handheld devices progresses, we should expect to see more of this.
Mr. Atkinson, who rightly called it "the most interesting part of our work last night," says it "could change a lot of things for us."
The WWNY newsroom started discussing the possibility about a week ago. The first time an iPhone was used in a segment was when reporter Matt McClusky went to a fire in Carthage close to news time, "and the first thing he did was shoot 30 seconds of camera phone video. It let us get the story up at the top of the 6."
The most famous use of cellphone devices capturing electoral coverage is, of course, YNN's video of the Fred Dicker-Carl Paladino brouhaha. That one, though, wasn't planned.

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