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Selfie sticks are letting Chinese journalists ditch their camera crews

We can't make fun of these things anymore.

 

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Tech

Published Mar 9, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 8:43 am CDT

TV news cameramen, the selfie stick is coming for your job.

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A new trend is emerging at one of China’s most important political events, the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress: Chinese reporters are going solo, using selfie sticks to ditching their cumbersome camera crews for a metal pole that costs a couple of bucks.

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Go ahead, laugh. The selfie stick seemed pretty dumb when it was only used for, well, selfies. But now the device is an invaluable reporting tool, and it’s only a matter of time before Western reporters and citizen journalists alike adopt this reporting practice.

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*First Published: Mar 9, 2015, 3:26 pm CDT