- Digital cameras
- Compressed picture and data files
transmitted on wireless networks
- Time-critical news transmitted
through wireless networks to news rooms
Most news persons carry modem-equipped
mobile computers these days. Some have cellular modems so that they can send
their stories from the field as soon as they get some time to enter the
story into the computer. A few are even being outfitted with inexpensive
digital cameras. Windows-based packages are available to convert digital
photos to DOS/Windows files that can be compressed and transmitted on
wireless networks. A picture can be transmitted from any field site without
the need for the news person to return to a hotel. Similarly, other
time-critical news items can be transmitted through wireless networks to
news rooms for editing.
Journalist 2000 is a joint development
effort between PA News in UK. Ram Mobile Data, Hewlett Packard and AnD
Computer Solutions. It comprises a HP Omnibook notebook PC running
Copymaster — an easy to use and fully integrated editorial and
communications software package from AnD Computer Solutions — and an
Mobidem AT modem, which transmits information over the RAM network. The cost
of sending digital photographs over wireless networks is still very high.
Nevertheless, the cost is considered to be justified when the news event is
important enough and timeliness is of the essence.