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#Vine for News - a new medium on the BBC?

Twitter's new video service, Vine: 6 seconds long, at most. Colleagues at the BBC's political unit in Westminster have experimented with the format. Here are some of the Vines - the reasons they were made and the reaction to them.


  1. These Vines were filmed during Prime Minister's Questions, the set-piece event at Westminster which is for many the highlight of the political week. Well done to political correspondent @Robindbrant who rose to the challenge of summing up one of the exchanges at PMQs in a Vine, barely minutes after the action had taken place. 
  2. PMQs only lasts 30 minutes: @robindbrant did three Vines during that time. What did he make of it?

    "Worth trying...difficult to keep to time restriction...Lesson is that pithy observation (of) a single moment far better than trying to address more...Perfect in the middle of an on going exchange/event I think for us"

    @ialexhunt, the online editor at Millbank, came up with the idea and he told me via email why he wanted to try Vining (?!) PMQs:

    "Vine seemed a good way of getting almost live analysis in handy little video snippets – while PMQs is still under way - so wanted to give it a go to see a) if it’s possible for a political correspondent to give any meaningful analysis in 6 seconds b) whether the system works c) to see how they could sit in our live page and general live coverage of the question time session d) and last, but not least, to see what audience appetite there might be for them"

    There has been, to coin a hackneyed phrase designed to present both perspectives, a "mixed reaction" to this new format: 
    from @thesilvergreen came this: 

    @robindbrant gives his six second #PMQs verdict ” news in 6 seconds? Game over television!

    (I've not brought the tweet itself into Storify, as otherwise there'd be ANOTHER Vine of Robin...!)

    On the other hand...

  3. These aren't the only Vines which high-profile BBC journalists have added to the fledgling service. @BBCRosatkins, who presents World Have Your Say on the BBC World Service, was quick off the mark with these barely a day after Vine launched (so long ago, I can't actually bring them in via Storify)

    View from the spiral staircase down to the newsroom at new BBC News base. ;
    WHYS preparing for weekly TV show on BBC World News ;

    Also, there was this Vine from @philippanews as she got ready to present on BBC World TV

  4. Vine has received a great deal of media coverage in the last week or so such as  
  5. and I've even turned my hand to making them 
  6. and while this tweet looks at how Vine works as quickly as it does, it also makes plain some of the technical drawbacks - such as that its low recording resolution. 
  7. A newsworthy Vine *may* make it to air if it's captured some stunning event that hasn't been filmed in any other way. Personally, I think Vines have a limited place in the armoury of a journalist - for "behind the scenes" footage, teasers and the like. For citizen journalists, Vines are easy to create and upload; putting video on Twitter previously wasn't as easy as this. However, I believe the service is limited by the problems over keeping the shot in focus and of course the duration.  

    It'll be interesting to see whether Vine indeed becomes the "next great news-gathering tool", or whether the initial buzz passes and it...withers on the vine (sorry)