NBC News’ new streaming platform uses ‘selfie standups’

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With the official launch of NBC News Now, the peacock’s streaming news service, correspondents appear on camera — though often in decidedly more millennial standup style.

  • During a “soft launch” stream Tuesday, May 28, 2019, correspondent Hallie Jackson and Tehran bureau chief Ali Arouzi both appearing on camera through the afternoon.
  • Instead of traditional standups, however, the pair used “selfie standups” that used mobile devices’ “selfie” mode using devices’ front facing cameras.
  • While Jackson appeared to be originating from her live shot location and had the benefit of a full lighting setup, Arouzi appears to have filmed his on a street in Tehran in less than ideal lighting conditions — which created a more raw, “on the scene” feel.
  • The framing also wasn’t ideal on either one, but again this worked to create a more informal look.
  • According to NBC, the correspondents do film their own “selfie standups” using mobile devices.
  • Now isn’t the first broadcaster to use this approach to standups — it’s popped up on local and even network news.
  • ABC’s afternoon talker “Strahan & Sarah” also used a mobile device with a selfie stick and the iPhone camera app user interface for its pre-show teases when it launched, though it recently modified that look.