Open the Room project helps journalists and citizens broadcast on Facebook Live
Last week the Reynolds Journalism Institute and two of its fellows launched the Open the Room Project, which provides community journalists, citizen activists and town administrators with step-by-step directions to build a scalable, affordable system for streaming public meetings, events and sporting contests.
The project was inspired by citizen activists who are streaming town council meetings via smartphones to Facebook Live. Open the Room solutions include software automation that negates the need for traditional broadcast television equipment or crews.
Some hardware options are portable; others require permanent installation.
The fellows have highlighted emerging technologies that will allow users to cover more local meetings and events – even local sports – with better than acceptable video and audio quality at a much lower cost.