Posted by Laura
In pre-web times, an oft-used analogy of how news providers work is that of a mirror; they should reflect events as an accurate picture of the world surrounding those looking at it. In the multimedia age the mirror theory doesn’t quite work. News should be immediate, accessible and interactive.
Today’s police pay protest gave us a chance to see exactly how this works in practice; it was happening right on our doorstep. News editor Tom Reed had already spoken to some officers and attended the march to get pictures and information. But when the throng’s path came toward our building we realised we were in a unique position; being able to see the story from all angles.
We heard the TV crew’s helicopter overhead and saw it filming the crowd and our building below, meaning we could witness the scenes from the window, on the BBC TV screen in our office, and from the ground – courtesy of Tom’s in-the-thick-of-it reporting.
How’s that for interactive? We watched ourselves, watching the protesters, who in turn were waving back at us watching them. But I’m going to take it one step further by getting you involved …
… Here are some photos of the TV screen near my desk taken a few minutes ago. Welcome to our world. Now you too can see us observing ourselves watching the events on our doorstep, and the protagonists on our doorstep interacting with us. No mirror in existence can cover that many perspectives.