How I learned to use mobile live streaming from AJ Matela

Live streaming is very much a part of my life in citizen media and even Blog Watch. Today , you can see it done everywhere in the Senate, the Supreme court, and other government offices. Blog Watch coverage of the campaign period was not complete without live streaming. I first learned about live streaming using mobile phones from AJ Matela during iblog 5 in April 2009. AJ covered most of the proceedings with his Nokia phone until its battery died. I was quite intrigued. I only knew live streaming using my laptop.

He explained to me the various sites that support live stream such as qik.com , ustream.tv and justin.tv with the use of a software that can be downloaded to the phone. I knew all this because I sat beside him all throughout iblog 5, sometimes being his reliever when he had to talk on stage.

I resolved to use it when the opportunity came to interview Manny Villar in July 2009 using a Nokia handset.


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The live stream was quite useful as it served as a reference at the height of Villar’s controversy during the campaign period. I looked back to this recording to verify his consistency. I also heard that Villar bought a laptop the next day because I kept asking him techie questions.

Live streaming served as an alternative medium for those unable to understand the campaign platforms due to time constraints and limited resources from traditional media. Jane Uymatiao gave us a Behind the Scenes on how we covered the seven presidential candidates, a few senatorial and congressional candidates , even a sprinkling of local candidates.

Our live stream channel is at ustream.tv/channel/blogwatch with alternative sites for backup. We use both webcams and my iPhone serves as a backup. It is now a regular feature of Blog Watch. We draw our strength from being an unusual blend of netizen-observer-writer-technology enabled. As ordinary citizens, we are empowered with the right technologies, to send out real-time updates; stream raw, unedited video; and act as our own writers/editors.

Though AJ Matela is not around to read this post, he knew that I learned this nifty social media tool from him. I am thankful to AJ and this memory will live on whenever I do mobile livestreaming. AJ will always be remembered.

It is with utmost grief to lose AJ in our lives. I am comforted with the knowledge that AJ will be forever alive in my heart and in my memories.

Today would have been his birthday. Here’s a beautiful gift you can give him. Please help spread the word about how we’re trying to raise funds for his family. Share, repost, retweet, replurk the 1000 Volunteers for AJ Matela.

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Blog Watch receives the “Best Story” Award for the First Data Journalism PH 2015 from the Open Knowledge Foundation and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  for their story on “Aid Monitoring: Citizens’ Initial Efforts in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda” . Forbes Philippines also received the same award.

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