This is really an amazing development. Huge congrats to +Sarah Hill , +Jen Reeves and the whole crew for being so far out in front of this train.
Hangout How Hangouts "On-Air" are transforming traditional TV "Broadcasting"

As you may already know, G+ has rolled out to a limited number of users what's called an "On-air Hangout". It is essentially a broadcast tower embedded within the Google Plus stream. The On-Air feature allows a Hangout to be broadcast (viewed) by the public anywhere in the world without having to join the Hangout. We TV News Buoys and Missouri Journalism School nerds who are using this new technology on TV on +KOMU 8 News & with +Reynolds Journalism Institute are pretty geeked out about it. Here's why. In the future, content providers could be able to use different circles as essentially different broadcast stations. Because you have the ability to select who sees your content through circles, you could broadcast one Hangout just to the Australia circle, another to the England circle and yet another to the KOMU-Missouri circle. Catch my drift? Is it TV...or GP? On this platform, people are already calling KOMU-TV.... KOMU-GP. h/t +Mike Downes G+ is now a public broadcasting platform.

Just think about that for a moment...........anyone in the world, not just us TV stations with big sticks in the ground, with the ability to broadcast within a social network and crowd sourcing tool. Combine Hangouts, audience engagement on steroids, and you have something that could totally transform the way newscasters interact with their audience and the way TV stations do business. For the first time in history thanks to Hangouts, newscasters can SEE their audience and even talk with them during a soundbite in a live newscast. I wear two ear pieces, one to hear my producer and the other to hear the Hangout. I've found that spending an hour a day or more with a viewer during a live newscast is a deeper level of engagement than you get with any tweet or Facebook interaction. When I read a story about a child who's been murdered, I hear the Hangout sigh in my ear. Newscast Hangouts allow us to get audience reaction in real time. U_News co-hosts this live newscast weekdays at 11:00 am with a live #cybercouch via Hangout. The show's Hangout is broadcast live within the G+ stream. During the newscast, there's a live chat that takes place underneath the on-air Hangout.

News Hangouts are like a kitchen table for a family. A family that eats together stays together. Each day at U_News, we are essentially breaking bread with viewers and consuming the news together via Hangouts. Daily, our Hangout co-hosts break news to us. Since feeding the news beast now requires us to share content and interact on multiple platforms, our co-hosts routinely arrive more well informed about the day’s news than us. Yep. I said that. Out loud. More of us newsies need to own the fact that our viewers often know more than we do. But as +Joseph Puglisi points out, citizen journalism could increase the value of professional journalism in the future because people will still want “Facts at 11”.

+KOMU 8 News is the broadcast lab for the Missouri School of Journalism. We're building a hybrid news model called "U_News". We are the first news organizaiton to co-host a show with a live #cybercouch via Hangout. In +Terry Heaton 's book "Reinventing Local Media", we are driving the car while trying to fix it. At MU, we are also teaching others how to drive the news vehicle of the future. h/t +Jen Reeves +Stacey Woelfel +Reynolds Journalism Institute What will "broadcasting" in the G+ stream look like in 20 years? What is the longevity of that big stick in the ground called a TV tower when everyone has the ability to broadcast? I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

News Anchor or News Buoy?

With this new kind of "broadcasting" in Hangouts, our students are asking what to call this new kind of "broadcasting" in the G+ stream? Perhaps... incorrectly....I've been calling our G+ on-air Hangouts a "visual #backchannel" where for the first time, newscasters can see their audience. One Plusketeer correctly pointed out, "Sarah, the word "back" makes it appear as it's hidden some place out of view." Isn't it time to move our audience away from the BACK of the room? h/t +Michael Tucker

Roger that skipper and speaking of names, I think this platform has the ability to sink News “Anchors” who refuse to do anything more than just read. Our content needs to bubble up to the surface. “News Buoys” as I call them need to float on multiple platforms and share their content.
Sure, we’re still anchored to the seabed of our TV station but much like a buoy, we are letting passing ships know where to find us. And if you think I’m making the analogy that TV stations are sinking ships, I'm not. You should know there’s a lot of buried treasure on the sea floor. And with Hangouts, we're trying to help people rediscover it.

What should we call G+casting in the stream? Comment below or chew the news fat with me in one of U_News' regular on-air Hangouts at 11:00 am CST or 3:30 pm CST M-F. Or, chime in on one of our impromptu recorded discussions about the day's news.
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