There's currently a building on fire in Dean Street, in the heart of London's trendy Soho. Now, we at Stuff Towers are pretty far from the Central London, but news of the fire spread like…well…wildfire thanks to Twitter and Youtube. Take a look at the video – almost nobody is looking at the scene directly, preferring instead to raise their mobiles aloft and record it. Tonight's news will no doubt be a riot of citizen journalist sourced clips.
Here's a video from Twitscoop showing how words related to the fire started to trend:
With my trusty iPhone 3G in hand and my Flip Mino HD and Yamaha Pocketrack 2G portable audio recorder nestled in my rucksack, I've often grabbed video of miniature news event happening around me. It's tools like these that are making it more and more simple for everyone to become an amateur journalist if they want to. But do you like having the news supplied to you in shaky Youtube clips and truncated Twitter bursts? And what happenings have you managed to preserve for prosperity thanks to a handy gadget?