Today, The Wall Street Journal’s publisher Dow Jones announced the launch of WSJ WorldStream, a “near real-time” video blog that will allow viewers to see the world through the lenses of WSJ reporters’ iPhones.
Hundreds of the newspaper’s journalists have already been trained to double as videographers, according to a memo from Alan Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor of WSJ.com, obtained by Jim Romenesko, in which he announces the platform to staff. Equipped with iPhones, they are instructed to shoot video clips up to 45 seconds in length, and upload them directly to the new WorldStream site. From there, editors will review and post the clips within a tight turnaround.
Once part of “the stream,” the video content can be embedded in text stories, incorporated into live video programming and produced video packages, and watched directly on the mobile-optimized WSJ WorldStream site.