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Selfie sticks are letting Chinese journalists ditch their camera crews
We can’t make fun of these things anymore.
TV news cameramen, the selfie stick is coming for your job.
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.
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.
Patrick Howell O'Neill is a notable cybersecurity reporter whose work has focused on the dark net, national security, and law enforcement. A former senior writer at the Daily Dot, O'Neill joined CyberScoop in October 2016. I am a cybersecurity journalist at CyberScoop. I cover the security industry, national security and law enforcement.