BY Richard Willner
Monday, January 16, 2012
It’s good to share – and we have developed a fantastic new method for sharing your news with the world.
Community editor Chris Bishop shares his experience on iwitness24:
On the spot reporting’s come a long way since reporters had to depend on pay phones and photographers had to rush to the nearest darkroom to develop their films.
If you can get a mobile signal, you can use iwitness24 to report the news as it happens – straight from the scene.
On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, I heard that a whale had washed up on the beach at Old Hunstanton. On the rare occasions when they end up on our beaches, these creatures attract enormous interest.
I was testing out the new iwitness24 app, so I set off to see what I could capture in the way of pictures and video. There was a story to chase, but I also wanted to know how the technology would cope.
I found the whale – not difficult spotting a 50ft long leviathan surrounded by a large crowd of people, barking dogs etc. I took several pictures and a couple of video clips, then uploaded them as I walked off the beach.
OK, the video isn’t quite up to Sir David Attenborough’s standards. But you can see how big the whale is. The footage and pictures I uploaded with it attracted thousands of views over Christmas. One of the pictures made it into the EDP as well.
If you’ve got a mobile phone in your pocket, you can report the news and be a part of the story.
Archant today launches its awesome new project, iwitness24, which allows you to share your photographs, videos and stories with our newsrooms as well as your friends and followers.
You can use iwitness24 on your PC, your iPhone or your Android device – and it couldn’t be easier to use at home, at work or while you’re out and about.
Your content – the things that are of interest to you – will be displayed on the iwitness24 platforms and will also go directly to our news teams across the region so watch out for your work in our newspapers and on our websites.
We’ll let you know when we’ve received your stuff and tell you what’s happening with it.
We want to see your stunning landscapes, your beautiful sunsets, photos and news from your community gatherings and events you attend.
And when you’re in the right place at the right time, we’d love you to capture the moment and share it via iwitness24.
Archant Norfolk’s editorial director James Foster believes iwitness24 can help community groups, schools, sports teams – in fact, absolutely everyone!
Mr Foster said: “We want people who live in our communities to have an easy way of helping us shape their newspaper every week and every day.”
The iwitness24 platforms have a huge number of exciting features including:
Follow your friends and favourite users to keep up to date with their latest submissions.
Power up and rise through the ranks by adding more videos and photos to iwitness24, discussing your fellow users’ work and taking part in our polls and votes.
Share your work on your Facebook wall and your Twitter accounts – but don’t stop there! Share your favourite work from your fellow users as well.
Rise to the challenge and take part in news missions that we will set you. It could be anything from a video of the first snowfall to photos of your football team – you’ll be sent challenges on a regular basis so watch your inbox.
We want to hear how you think iwitness24 can become even better. Become a fan of iwitness24Norfolk on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @iwitness24norfk, text 07557 748053 or email email@example.com