Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hearst's "Next Generation Newsroom Project"

Traditional media is scrambling to adapt to the online world, as well as cut costs in the face of falling revenue. Television news is suffering along with everyone else, and stations are moving to smaller gear, smaller teams, and quicker turn-around times.

I just came across a release from JVC promoting Hearst Television’s standardization on the JVC GY-HM100 for their Next Generation Newsroom Project. Interestingly, the GY-HM100 is JVC’s smaller 3-chip camera; costing about $3,500.

The Next Generation Newsroom Project is oriented towards providing live streaming video to the Web, in addition to generating edited packages for broadcast. Hearst says the teams do not replace traditional news crews, but instead augment station coverage.

The teams have a portable kit built around a GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder and a Dell laptop with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 [what? They have CS5 already?! –Ed]. The news packages are recorded and edited in HD, then downconverted to SD for FTP transport back to the station for the local news broadcast.

After a pilot project in three stations last year, the project was launched in 2010 with deployments at WPBF in West Palm Beach, FL, and KETV in Omaha, NE. Six additional Hearst stations are now using the GY-HM100 camcorder: KMBC in Kansas City, MO, WLWT in Cincinnati, OH, WISN in Milwaukee, WI, WGAL in Lancaster, KOCO in Oklahoma City, OK, and KCCI in Des Moines, IA.

WMUR in Manchester, NH, and WESH in Orlando, will deploy GY-HM100s within the month and Hearst plans to purchase GY-HM100 camcorders for at least six more stations in 2010.


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