NBC News has acquired a new user-generated, live video service called Stringwire which they’ll use to help gather on-the-scene coverage of breaking stories.
The company’s name is probably a combination of two terms commonly used in news journalism – stringer and wire. A stringer is a freelance journalist or photographer who sells his content to a news “wire” for distribution to a variety of news outlets. It’s a grand old system that has been around since newspapers began and it works because you can’t have a reporter standing by in every city waiting for news.
Stringwire takes that concept a step further with a system that turns every person with smartphone into a news producer.