Selfie sticks may have a lot of detractors, but there is no denying their popularity. After taking over social media, these sticks are now becoming a part of news journalism. Leading the way is Sky News Australia, which has equipped its video journalists with selfie sticks. Also Read - OnePlus Nord 2 is a rebranded version of Realme X9 Pro, launch next month: Report
The news company has equipped 12 video journalists with what it calls “LiveU SmartGRIP.” These journalists can connect their smartphones and an external microphone to the handheld device to report the news. Once recorded, the VJs can then use LU-Smart mobile app to quickly transmit the footage back to the newsroom. Also Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India new teaser released: It reveals launch date is getting closer
These selfie sticks are being welcomed by the journalists for their compactness and ease of use. “It’s compact, reliable and connects in a matter of seconds. Our VJ’s have always been quick to adopt new technology,” Greg Byrnes, channel manager of Sky News Live told Mashable. Also Read - E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward: Far Cry 6, Just Dance 2022, Watch Dogs: Legion Bloodline and more
Sky News isn’t the only one using selfie sticks to shape the future of TV journalism. A company called SoloCam has developed a Selfie Stick Microphone. As the name suggests, it is essentially a selfie stick with a microphone and control buttons attached to it. The company will soon be listing the selfie stick microphone on Indiegogo to raise money for the project. A demo of the device follows.