Our groups coverage on Sunday taught Cherice and I the real-life shortcomings that could happen during live coverage. Due to miscalculations, we were unable to procure Verizon hotspot technology, so Cherice and I acted in the editor position in a nearby Starbucks for the free wifi while the rest of our group members worked as reporters in the field.
When we were in class Friday, the Scribble Live test worked, but when we were ready on event day, our reporters did not have access to the new Live Event we created on Scribble. When we would invite them, they’re invite emails would lead to a “You do not have access message”. We arrived to our event 2 hours before it’s start time, but my correspondence with Scribble Live support staff was not providing a solution quick enough.
It was very stressful trying to figure out a solution, but it taught us how prepared you need to be on game-day. We did not use CoverItLive by choice, but by necessity. Both applications are very similar and we knew timeliness is of the essence when reporting live.
Technology: CoverIt Live was my first time using such software and I believe if our internet speed was greater, it would have been much smoother to use. It has access to twitter users/keywords, wikipedia pages and instagram users. I could also type content or upload pictures directly from my computer. It also had a downloadable app, but the battery drainage power was insane, so I had our reporters tweeting, commenting and posting directly to social media. We decided on the tag #NYSkateJam on all postings. Then, I would search for the hashtags and their user names to post from my station. The only thing noticeably different between it and Scribble, is Scribble also has a facebook option I believe.
The team:I feel like our team was awesome. At the event, our reporters (Leila, Becca, Emma….and later Cherice) took different positions. Their vantage points were different which added to diverse coverage. They collaborated together to do different things. One would take video from atop a ramp, while another would get quotes from event participants. Communication was flawless, they kept me abreast on event scheduling…what was coming next etc. via text and calls. If I could have done anything differently, I would have had each reporter do one specific thing (video, audio, photography, quotes) so that there was no overlap or duplicate.
Coverage: I am pleased with the coverage except for a couple of bumps. Video coverage worked for me. It played on my computer save one, so I am still wondering what hiccup happened there. Because of our event logistics, a skateboarding competition, I thought our coverage should have been more visual-heavy as it was interesting and cool. The event itself was kind of lax, so it was hard getting winner first and last names and that is something I wish we could have gotten. Also, at one point I had cabin fever and decided to work from my phone app and join my team at the park. That was a mistake. My phone was wickedly slow in uploading anything other than text using the 3G. Therefore, when walking BACK to Starbucks, there was about 11 minutes where nothing was being posted- which was my fault. Then when I finally got hooked up to wifi, I had to backtrack and post back to back expeditiously. Other than that, the reporters worked amazingly. Their coverage was visually appealing and humorous at many points. When there was a lull in the competition, I tried, as an editor, post background: info from sponsors, history of the skate park and founder, legend skateboarder Andy Kessler, and definitions of some of the terminology. Overall, I feel like our group did a good job in a hurried environment. 🙂
Technology: Actually, Scribblelive only worked on internal level last Friday. The options (to get embed code) looked nothing like the instruction on the google doc John gave us. I assumed that’s an issue with CUNY account setting, so I created another account with my personal email and invited everyone. But it was still not working for unknown reasons. BTW, wordpress.com does not work well with embed codes. Blogger handles embed code well, and it is faster to load than wordpress.com as we were stuck with slow wifi speed at Starbucks. It doesn’t have many themes to choose from, but the simplest one is good enough for our purpose.
Team: I don’t have much to add because I was the loner IT guy for the most part.
Coverage: I think this was the perfect event for this media. It’s a very visual event and things were happening continuously.