Field Generated and User Generated Content: How IP Network Connections Change the Time-to-Air Process

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Executive Summary

Can the use of the Internet redefine the notion of "In-field" broadcasting? Can anyone with a cell phone or wireless card become a broadcaster? If the amount of people who can potentially cover a news-worthy event were to be able to coordinate their activities, what would that mean for event coverage? As everyone who has ever watched compelling news footage can attest, it is no longer pristine image quality that takes precedence over content as to whether or not the material will air. Today, more than ever, the race is on to get timely content ingested, reviewed, and distributed as quickly as possible.

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