Wall Street Journal Announces Journalist Video Hub “WSJ Worldstream”
The Wall Street Journal has announced that they have launched WSJ WorldStream, a global video news-gathering service and publishing platform where they will post short-form videos shot by smartphones by journalists from across the global Journal and Dow Jones news organization. The launch of WSJ WorldStream is in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (RNC) this week in Tampa, Florida.
WSJ WorldStream is a part of WSJ Live, which is the video initiative as a whole at the Journal. WSJ Live launched four new shows in the past year from New York, London, Washington D.C., and Hong Kong. WSJ WorldStream is being powered by a San Francisco based video startup known as Tout.
WSJ WorldStream will be overseen by Wall Street Journal editorial video director Shawn Bender and real-time video deputy Mark Scheffler. The WSJ WorldStream will be based solely of footage captured on smartphones by Dow Jones and Journal reporters and editors. Dow Jones and the Journal have a combined 2,000 journalists worldwide. They will use a custom video publishing app from Tout where the turnaround time between shooting and posting video is just a few minutes.
The videos added to the WSJ WorldStream can easily be found on Twitter by searching the hashtag #worldstream.
“Our video viewership has more than doubled in the past six months to over 20 million streams, and the creation of this video blog is a milestone in the expansion of video at the Journal,” stated The Wall Street Journal deputy managing director and executive editor Alan Murray. “From Greg White’s footage of riots in Moscow to Jeremy Page’s reporting in China, many of our reporters are demonstrating the opportunity that technology has given them to capture powerful images that enhance their great journalism. We now have the opportunity to deliver that video more quickly and efficiently for use in our rapidly growing video operation.”