Livestreaming refers to the broadcasting of real-time, live video to an audience over the Internet. Usually carried out via a mobile phone, it allows citizens to broadcast to different audiences as well as journalists working for mainstream media organizations. Popular platforms that allow journalists and citizens to stream material include Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Periscope, and (formerly) Meerkat. It has raised ethical issues that challenge journalistic norms about what should be broadcast and what should not. This entry examines the origins and development of livestreaming, its impact on journalism, and some notable livestreaming controversies.


Broadcasting live news was traditionally a complex and costly operation, open only to mainstream media organizations. It required significant investment in equipment and personnel and expertise to operate. After the advent of ...

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