The Associated Press is tapping Swedish live-streaming startup Bambuser to better access timely footage from citizen reporters. Going forward, Bambuser users can opt in to having their footage picked up by AP, along with its associated news organizations, while the wire service will plans use its network of correspondents to vet footage shot by citizen reporters.
“Bambuser footage has been used extensively in recent months by major news organizations to report about the conflict in Syria,” according to GigaOm. At the moment, the startup is concentrating on mobile live streaming. The AP, meanwhile, plans to explore to use Bambuser’s platform for its own journalists.
“The partnership between Bambuser and the AP is significant in part because it formalizes the relationship between the news organization and citizen video reporters, who on occasion are thrown into the spotlight just because they happen to be live streaming from what turns out to be a major event.” Per the partnership, The AP plans to credit any footage used in its coverage with the Bambuser username of the person who shot it.