Live-streaming on Facebook Mentions

Facebook Mentions allows verified accounts to tell a story as it happens with live video.

The mobile app for iPhones (Sorry Androids) was released last year for public figures to connect with fans. I used the term “public figures” loosely because the app is now open for anyone with a verified account. On Sept. 10 Facebook said anyone with a blue check mark on their profile would be able to access to the program. (Click here for more details.)

 

Tearsa Smith, WATE 6 On Your Side anchor for our morning show Good Morning Tennessee, used the live video feature during the newscast today. She held the stream on an iPad.

I would describe it as Facebook’s version of Periscope and Meerkat, but only for “special people,” the verified accounts.

The video stream lasted about 30 minutes and by the end there were about 240 viewers.

I was having problems embedding the code from Facebook to the page. Here’s the live stream on YouTube.

Click here to view the video on Facebook. 

Tearsa posted the stream on her page. I shared it to the WATE 6 On Your Side main Facebook page.

This was the first time we used the app during the show. I think it was well received.

Tearsa showed the viewers what happens on the other side of the TV screen, a view many people do not see.

She asked the viewers to post questions in the comments section, talked to them during commercial breaks and moved the camera around to capture our meteorologist Trent Magill in the weather center and “right now reporter” Shelby Miller at the storyteller covering national news.

The response from our viewers were mainly positive. One woman even asked if we were going to do this every day.

After the show, I asked Tearsa if what she would do differently:

  • Give viewers a “heads up” – Let them know in advance that we will be streaming online during the show.
  • Test out the angle – Make sure the camera is placed at a flattering angle
  • Set up your live stream on one device (in this case, an iPad) and then set up your computer for comments.

After the stream, the video lives on Facebook for playback.

Announcements, hosting a question and answer session, sharing to other social media platforms and up-to-date trends are other features of Facebook Mentions.

I haven’t experimented with them. Partly because the Mentions app for Android has not been released yet. (Androids always get the short end of the stick.)

 

Facebook Mentions in the news:
Facebook now lets all people with a verified account use Mentions app (Mashable)

If you’re famous, Facebook Mentions app is right for you  (Tech Times)

Introducing Facebook Mentions: A new app for public figures  (Facebook)

WATE 6 On Your Side’s social media strategy

Curate. Create. Live.

195,000 Facebook “likes”

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48.7K tweets

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660 Instagram followers

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657 Youtube subscribers

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Facebook

 

Post video
We give our videos context by pulling out a key quote, behind the scenes or moment from the video as the text of the most.

 

Go behind the scenes: We give our fans access to what happens behind the scenes, the interesting places we go and the cool things we cover.

 

FRIDAY FUN: We had a very special guest in the newsroom this morning. Ronnie Miller is an Elvis Tribute artist. He will be performing at the sixth annual Elvis Extravaganza on Aug. 1 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. DETAILS: http://6.wate.com/1MoY3Gh Posted by WATE 6 On Your Side on Friday, July 24, 2015

We also post clips from the newscast, user-generated content and “snackables” from the talent.
A “snackable” video (see below) is a video a reporter shoots out in the field that is easy for the viewer to grasp — a “bite sized chuck of info that can quickly ‘consumed’ by its audience.

By order of Governor Bill Haslam, flags over the State Capitol and all state office buildings should be flown at half-staff to honor the lives lost during the #ChattanoogaShooting. DETAILS: http://6.wate.com/1I8IKS0During a vigil at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, students, staff and the community followed suit.

Posted by WATE 6 On Your Side on Friday, July 17, 2015

Post links

We’ve learned that links with thumbnails and teasers receive 20 percent more clicks than links without.

Explain why to click

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Tell a story on the site

We use the photo, headline, link description area to teas the story and the post content to give context and encourage engagement.

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Ask the right questions

The best words to use are:

  • Should
  • Would
  • Which
  • Who
  • Multiple choice

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Be conversational

Posts with a personal tone and clever language receive engagement 120 percent average, according to Social News Desk.

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Create original posts

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User-generated content shout outs

We encourage fans to submit photos from around the area for a specific occasion or breaking news.

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Twitter

Tweet breaking news

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Ask a question

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Instagram

We use our Instagram account to show a personality. We post behind the scenes photos and user-generate content.

We also gave the login to our reporters in the field to post while they are on assignment.

With our heavy Facebook and Twitter presence we are toggling on how to use each platform successfully with stretching ourselves to thin. Instagram is uncharted territory that we are working on increasing our following.

YouTube

Our YouTube page is used as a community section. We post videos from live interviews on the page for the guest to share on their website or personal pages.

 

What’s next?

  • More use of user-generated content
  • Lauch and refocus on new social media channels, Instagram in particular.
  • Increase presence on the web
  • Give viewers more access behind the scenes.

PACKAGE: Hazardous chemical found in Blount County well water, cautionary advisory in place for certain areas

MARYVILLE – A cautionary advisory has been issued in regards to the use of potable well water for certain areas in Blount County after a toxic chemical was found in the water.

City officials advised residents within the area to refrain from using well water after a sample taken within 350 feet of the July 2 train derailment, tested positive for a small amount of acrylonitrile. This toxic chemical was inside of the single-tank CSX train that derailed and caught on fire. Thousands of families within a two mile radius evacuated the area.

A map of the advisory site: This special advisory is directed to the area between Mount Tabor Road, Old Glory Road, West Lamar Alexander Parkway and Robert C. Jackson Drive.
A map of the advisory site: This special advisory is directed to the area between Mount Tabor Road, Old Glory Road, West Lamar Alexander Parkway and Robert C. Jackson Drive.

The advisory was issued for the area between Mount Tabor Road, Old Glory Road, West Lamar Alexander Parkway and Robert C. Jackson Drive.

“I cook with it, I bathe with it. We wash our clothes,” said Heather Breazeale.

She is trying to adjust to using water bottles instead of well water.

“It’s scary because its the only water we have,” she added.

Breazeale, her husband and two children live about half a mile from the derailment site.

Smoke from the train is still present hours after the derailment.
Smoke from the train is still present hours after the derailment.

“It’s not the short term we’re worried about. It’s the long term,” she said. “What could happen five or six years from now and being exposed to the water when it’s contaminated.”

The city of Maryville strongly encourages all residents with wells to allow officials to test the water.

Breazeale’s name is on the list.

“We never had to worry about anything like this before,” she said.

As a result of the one contaminated well, Breazeale has requested to have her well looked at by officials. For now, she does have concerns.

“Our question is how did they go about testing each individual well in the area,” she asked.

CSX says 46 wells have been tested, and results are back on half. Only one tested positive for acrylonitrile.

They’re closely watching the area near the one contaminated well and even though Brazeale isn’t too far from that well, she isn’t taking any chances until she gets her results back about whether her well water is safe.

“Currently we are not using the water,” she said. “Since this is our first day with us dealing with this, as far as bathing goes, we have not figured that out yet. I really don’t feel safe using the shower.”

The Environmental Protection Agency said monitoring and oversight operations are shifting to the Tennessee Department

 A cautionary advisory regarding potable use of well water has been issued for certain areas in Blount County. Municipal water is still safe, according to city of Maryville officials.
A cautionary advisory regarding potable use of well water has been issued for certain areas in Blount County. Municipal water is still safe, according to city of Maryville officials.

Environmental Conservation.

TDEC said it will be collecting its own samples from wells in the area.

Individuals requiring further information or instructions regarding well water testing should contact GHD – Environmental Consultants, which can be reached at (866) 812-9565 or visit the Community Outreach Center at Heritage Middle School.

PACKAGE: Lafolette city leaders hope to ban smoking at parks

LAFOLETTE  – The mayor and city council members are trying to crack down on smoking at parks and playgrounds in the area.

“I have no problem with people smoking, but us non-smokers have the right to not smoke,” said Mayor Michael Stanfield. “We’re not going to intrude on your rights, so don’t intrude on ours.”

“If we can teach these young kids not to smoke, maybe they’ll have a longer life,” said Mayor Michael Stanfield.
“If we can teach these young kids not to smoke, maybe they’ll have a longer life,” said Mayor Michael Stanfield.

For about two months, city leaders have been drawing up an ordinance to ban smoking, along with cigarette products. Their hope is that it will protect children from second hand smoke.

“It doesn’t look good,” said Angelia Gray. “It kind of bothers me with all of the kids around.”

The proposed ordinance would ban all tobacco products from the city’s ball fields, skate parks and playgrounds.

“I think it would be nice to get rid of it,” said the mother of two. “Their lungs are still growing.”

Banning smoking isn’t a bad idea, even for those who smoke.

Cigarette butts litter a picnic table close to a park in downtown LaFollette.
Cigarette butts litter a picnic table close to a park in downtown LaFollette.

“It doesn’t bother me if I’m asked to step outside to smoke,” said Shonda Davis.

There are not plans for fines or tickets to enforce the law, if passed. Instead smokers would be asked to go outside of the park to smoke.

“It’s all about the kids,” said Stanfeild. “My live is about over here. If we could teach these young kids not to smoke and what tobacco and alcohol do to the body, maybe they will have a longer life.”

PACKAGE: 9-year-old girl donates hundreds of items to Sevier County food bank

NEW MARKET  – Crowns, coloring and cats are all favorites of Ivy Maples. Another thing this nine-year-old girl likes to do is volunteer.

She donated 553 items to the Sevier County Food Ministry on Monday, with a tiara placed upon her head.

“What she’s brought in, we figure that she could help for at least every dollar, she could help about three families,” said Mannie Burnett with Sevier County Food Ministries.

This is a huge help for an organization that operates on donations.

“[Giving] makes me feel happy,” Maples said. “I donated canned food, boxed foods, clothes and stuffed animals.”

As part of her community service for a pageant, Maples has been collecting one can at a time since March.

“There’s a lot of hungry people out there and it hurts to be hungry,” she said.

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“[Giving] makes me feel happy,” Ivy Maples said. “I donated canned food, boxed foods, clothes and stuffed animals.”

But, it’s the children in those families Maples was most worried about.

“If they can’t afford food they definitely can’t afford toys,” she said. “Because toys, a couple of my Monster High dolls are $30 just for the doll.”

This is the second time the fifth grader has donated to the food bank.

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Ivy Maples donated 553 items to the Sevier County Food Ministry on Monday, with a tiara placed on her head.

“As a mother, it makes me so proud of her. It tells me that as a parent I’ve done something right,” said Maples’ mother Pam Brehm.

“It makes me very happy because I know somebody’s day will be made,” said Maples.

About 1,600 families come each week to Sevier county Food Ministries in the summer for help.

Staff said the winter months are generally the toughest because most families who rely on tourist-related jobs are out of work needing help.

Maples is also competing in the Amerifest Nationals, modeling competition in July.

PACKAGE: Amber Alert issued for Hawkins County teen last seen with sex offender

SURGOINSVILLE – An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old Hawkins County girl last seen with a 41-year-old man who has an active

Hayleigh Wilson, 14, is described as a white female, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. Benjamin Shook, 41, is described as a white male, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Hayleigh Wilson, 14, is described as a white female, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. Benjamin Shook, 41, is described as a white male, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

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Surveillance video captured Hayleigh Wilson and Benjamin Shook at a Walmart in Marion, North Carolina. (Source: TBI)

Hayleigh Cheyenne Wilson left her Surgoinsville home on Monday at 10 p.m., according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities said later spotted her on surveillance video at a Walmart in Marion, North Carolina on Tuesday morning in the company of 41-year-old Benjamin ‘Ben’ Shook, a sex offender out of Georgia.

TBI saidShook has an active warrant out of Georgia.

“You don’t know if she’s going to be home tomorrow or a year from now. I want Hayleigh to know that we love her and we want her home, we won’t stop looking for Hayleigh. She’s our little girl,” said the teen’s father Eddie Wilson.

Wilson said the last few days have been every parents’ worst nightmare.

“She’s a respectable little Christian girl, but yet she got lured in,” he said.

There’s the belief Hayleigh met Shook in an online chat room.

“You don’t know if she’s going to be home tomorrow or a year from now. I want Hayleigh to know that we love her and we want her home, we won’t stop looking for Hayleigh. She’s our little girl,” said the teen’s father Eddie Wilson.
“You don’t know if she’s going to be home tomorrow or a year from now. I want Hayleigh to know that we love her and we want her home, we won’t stop looking for Hayleigh. She’s our little girl,” said the teen’s father Eddie Wilson.

“He’s just a total stranger,” said Wilson.

Days after the Amber Alert, the family said they’re worried sick.

“If she was to see this I want her to know that I’ll never quit looking for her,” said Wilson.

He has a simple plea for Shook: “For Hayleigh’s sake I just ask you to be man enough to bring her

home safe. Just let her out and go your own way but bring my little girl home.”

Hayleigh is described as a white female, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes.

Shook has several tattoos and was wearing a blue shirt, with “Ford” written on it, dark shorts, a camouflage baseball hat. He is described as a white male, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Investigators believe they may have been driving in a maroon or burgundy (purple) 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with Tennessee tag D6020D. (Stock image)
Investigators believe they may have been driving in a maroon or burgundy (purple) 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with Tennessee tag D6020D. (Stock image)

Investigators believe they may have been driving in a maroon or burgundy (purple) 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with Tennessee tag D6020D.

Family members say they’ve not had any contact with Hayleigh yet but say police told them on Tuesday night they received a ping on Shook’s cell phone out of Morristown. The Wilsons say right now Hayleigh and Shook could be anywhere.

If you have any information on Hayleigh Wilson or Ben Shook,  contact the Surgionsville Police Department at 423-272-7121 or call 1800-TBI-FIND.

PACKAGE: Body cameras not yet part of the uniform for Roane County deputies

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In Roane County, they aren’t apart of the uniform, but some officers have taken matters into their own hands by purchasing a body camera.

KINGSTON – Many law enforcement agencies across East Tennessee are starting to wear body cameras as part of the uniform.

In Roane County, they aren’t apart of the uniform, but some officers have taken matters into their own hands by purchasing a body camera.

Deputies are equipped with a video camera in their patrol car.

“I think with technology where it is, it offers that extra accessory to what we do as far as law enforcement and having in car video,” said police chief Tim Phillips.

Before officers can wear body cameras on their uniform, there are a few factors that should be considered.

“We don’t have a police set in place for body cameras,” said Phillips. “We don’t have anything in regards to the retention of the video or who owns the video.”

There are also questions raised on whether or not it’s constitutional if an officer wears a body camera in a person’s home.

“We want to make sure that we have good clarification on where we stand on that,” he said. “We certainly don’t want to infringe on anybody’s constitutional rights.”

For those reasons, Phillips said officers should not wear the body cameras; but he’s not against them.

“Unfortunately there has been officers that have been killed in the line of duty out on traffic stops and things like that,” he said. “The video has helped capture individuals.”

Kingston resident, Gary Johnson, agrees.

“I think it’s a great idea for sure,” he said. “You can’t hide it. The video speaks for itself. There’s been a lot of instances where the video has saved people’s lives.”

The next hurdle for Roane County deputies is to find funding.

“Technology is good, but with technology comes a hefty price tag,” said Phillips.

There has not been an official release date for body cameras for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office. Phillips is also looking at a new system that pairs body cameras with in-car cameras.

A bill introduced in the state House requires all officers to wear body camera, if money from grants, donations or federal government is provided to the department.

This bill comes after a national call for more transparency in police interactions with the public following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri.

At the national level, President Barack Obama has pledged more than $260 million to match state funds and outfit 50,000 officers with body cameras.

The move would require congressional approval.

If the Tennessee version passes both chambers and is signed by the governor, it would take effect on January 1, 2016.

Look up TV, Look down digital

As a reporter, or what my station calls a digital journalist, it is important to tell a story throughout the day. I have to produce a story through the day using social media as my platform.

Did you know more people own a digital device than a toothbrush?

Grandparents are the largest demographic on Twitter.

It’s important for any journalist, to keep things things in mind. This is just a glimpse of the changing media ecosystem.

Here are the 4 C’s of digital

  • Creating
  • Curating
  • Connecting
  • Culture

Throughout the day, it’s important to keep these in mind. News gathered throughout the day is reported throughout the day on digital. The newscast is where you tie things together and add more.

With digital, you are always ‘live.’ The 4 p.m. newscast is not a place where the audience first hears the news of the day. That’s where digital and online content comes in. Important news finds the customer throughout the day. The evening news is an avenue to show effects of the event or emotion.

As a digital journalist, content marketing is performed all day long for your customer. We must go where our customers are. That’s on mobile.

 

TV News vs. Evolving Media

Station control –> Customer in control

All views –> Viewers who need us

Newscast focus news events and newscast anchors –> In the moment focus

Newscast stories –> Right now content anchors, mobile snackables, right now content leader.

Social pictures –> Social video, social live streaming.

Promo texts –> Push alerts, SnapChat, Branding emotion

Mobile gives us the opportunity to innovate, experiment, mobilize and reorganize. Mobile is the most integrative aspect. It is replacing the role of wallets, watches, books and newspapers.

A digital journalist can edge out the competition by engaging the audience all day online and mobile platforms.

I must produce the day, like I would produce a newscast. This includes brand plus “in the moment” storytelling. 

With original enterprise content, hold back information. This will become the story for the newscast.

Push alerts are market stories for the newscast all day long.

Mobile alert strategy

  • Timing
  • Volume
  • Follow
  • Approach

Other notes:

  • Social media can be used as a news gathering tool.
  • Continuous coverage writing.
  • Mobile becomes the noon news of the future. People are on their phones during lunch time.

“5 minute prep” banana pudding

I woke up this morning craving banana pudding. I tried to ignore the craving, but it got the best of me.

Banana pudding is one of those things that can be created thousands of ways. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that “grandma’s banana pudding” is the best. But what if we don’t have the time, like grandma, to make her pudding?

 

I traveled near and far looking for the next best thing.

I went to Sonic to see if they served a banana pudding milkshake. Nope.

I took a chance at Food City to see if they offered banana pudding in the prepared food section. Nope.

I went to a local BBQ joint to see if they had banana pudding. Nope.

All tries to mask my craving for failed.

I decided to make my own variation by using items I had around the house. The only thing that I had to buy was pudding. I didn’t want to make the pudding, so I bought a pack of banana cream pudding cups instead. (I was surprised at how tasty they were.)

 

Full disclosure here: I’ve never made banana pudding.

There was once a time when I didn’t eat bananas. Those times have definitely changed.

 

Here’s my recipe for the very simple and very delicious banana pudding. (I call it the “5 minute prep” banana pudding, because it literally took me five minutes to prepare it.)

Ingredients:

2-4 servings

– 1 banana

– 5 packets of Biscoff cookies (2 cookies are in a pack)

– Jello banana cream flavored pudding cups (4)

Other items needed:

– Medium sized bowl (for the pudding)

– Knife

– Spoon

– Small bowl for cookie pieces

Instructions:

– Crunch Biscoff cookies into medium and large sized pieces with your hands and place in a small glass bowl. (Make sure the cookies crumbs are not fine. They should be bigger chunks.

– Slice banana. (One medium banana should give you about 20-25 slices depending on thickness. If you prefer larger slices, use another banana.)

– In a glass bowl, layer cookie crumbles, pudding and banana slices. (Make sure you spread the pudding out and place the banana slices in an even layer.

– If you have extra cookie crumbles, sprinkle on top of the dish.

– Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

– Enjoy!

NOTES: I used Biscoff cookies instead of vanilla wafers, simply because I had a few in my pantry. I think the Biscoff cookies add a different taste. Feel free to add more cookies, pudding or bananas to the recipe, depending on your favorite part. My favorite part is the cookie. My recipe reflects that.

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What do you think? Let me know! Send me an email at taylorcshaw[AT]yahoo[DOT]com.