how to reinvent local news?
well, we here at the broadcaster project of course think this should involve some broadcasters.
here’s quick pitch.
watch this video on flickr which wordpress wont let me embed. thanks.
THE DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN PUBLIC NEWSROOM.
Where you are the news!
A pizza shop or bodega type store in downtown Brooklyn near Fulton Mall or similar low income shopping area/transit center or across the street from a nearby housing project like Gowanus Houses.
Front window has a couple screens playing videos. These are all videos that have been recorded on site. (or maybe an extra screen for content from other sites?)
Inside is a series of photobooth and videobooth installations of varying quality, duration, and abstraction(art installations like friendslicer). Plain 30 second videobooth cost $0.50 or $1, you record your video, it gets archived locally and added to loop playing on monitors outside. It also uploads to some social video site where it’s tagged as “public domain” so television stations can rebroadcast and others can make mix tapes, etc.
In the store is a jukebox as well where you can pay small fee to select the video you want to see.
You can also get custom dvd mixtapes made in the store.
The store is a public history file for the local community. No more expensive than buying a can of soda or beer.
All financial records are public by default since every transaction is represented by an upload to the public feed.
A shared history for the local community. Truly ground up media. When you say, “I know where you are coming from” you will actually know where this news came from.
Technology developed will be open source and also business planning info will be open source so it’s easily duplicable in other communities. A shared history builds trust and accountability. Can a public history file bring the positive powers of online communities like wikipedia and linux into our shared physical spaces?
NEWS CHALLENGE APPLICATION:
ROUGH COST AND REVENUE ESTIMATES:
also see the LCC proposal, notes page, etc for more on the broadcaster philosophy.
something like the following mashup: your local barber shop + an anthropological history of youtube + storycorps + twitter.
a public history file for shared physical spaces… more notes.