ENG/SNG truck operators, listen up: the times, they are a’changin’. Poynter has a story today about a WTSP/Tampa liveshot from Ft. Lauderdale pulled off for about the cost of a phone call. TSP didn’t roll the sat truck across Alligator Alley, they just sent reporter Janie Porter with a laptop and a Blackberry:
“She didn’t have a big live truck accompanying her, or an engineer tuning in a shot or a photojournalist standing behind the camera and setting up lights.
Porter set up her own camera, opened her laptop, connected the camera to her computer, slipped a wireless connection card into her laptop, called up Skype and used her Blackberry to establish IFB (the device TV folks wear in their ears to hear the off-air signal). It all looked just great on air. ”
You can see the liveshot here.