The locative revolution – is your newsroom on board?

By Ki Mae Heussner


Location, location, location. It’s the most oft-repeated mantra in real estate. But now that location-based services are sprouting up all over the Web, it’s starting to take on a new meaning to more and more professionals in the news media.


Charged with devouring as much as we can about mobile technology and its applications for journalists, team LoJo has been scouting the Web for updates on how newsrooms are adapting to and capitalizing on locative media.


During the past few weeks, we’ve encountered some excellent examples of location-based storytelling that seem likely to push more newsrooms into the emerging geo-journalism space:


- Earlier this month, the New York Times and Google announced a new partnership that allows readers to track articles geographically using Google Earth. (If you want to see what’s going on in Paris, for example, a few clicks on a Google Earth map will show you the latest headlines coming out of the French capital.)


- When protesters attempted to disrupt the Olympic torch procession in San Francisco, the Sacramento Bee used Qik (technology that streams live footage from videophones to a Web-based flash player) to broadcast live videos of the scuffle.


- And, just the other night, as we waited for the results of the Pennsylvania Democratic primary to come in, we were treated to a high-tech presentation on CNN, featuring correspondent John King and a gigantic, touch-sensitive interactive map.


These examples give us the sense that locative media is gaining a foothold in newsrooms across the country, but… we know that there’s a lot going on out there that we still don’t know.


So, to scrape together a clearer picture of locative media usage, we’ve posted a survey online.

LoJo Survey 3


If you’re a working journalist or work in the news media in some other capacity, please help us out and complete our (very short) survey. If you don’t work in a newsroom, but know those who do, please forward on the link below.




As always, we’ll share the results online, along with our own analysis.

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  • 1. John McClelland replies at 27th April 2008 um 8:39 pm :

    Alternatives to Microshaft Windows will not quietly go away as did the superior Beta video system just because VHS was more widely marketed. I’m appalled that organizations that claim to serve the general public welfare are so easily sucked into exclusive sweetheart deals with certain vendors. Yes, AP is a private business and can properly do legal business with whomever it chooses. But this makes it easier yet for public agencies to defend deals that make _public records_, required by law to be digitally available, subject to a requirement to use proprietary software that runs only on Windoze. Pfui!

  • 2. Locative, or location bas&hellip replies at 29th April 2008 um 9:24 pm :

    [...] The MediaShift Idea Lab have linked to a great list of examples of mainstream media using location-based technology in news delivery. [...]

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