“Periscope is about providing a lens into things that people don’t normally see,” Paul Lewis, Washington correspondent for The Guardian, told The Newspaper Works. It also gives journalists from any discipline an edge on traditional broadcast media, he said.
There’s an intimacy that I don’t think you get with a network TV camera. People seem a lot more trusting and open – they feel like what they tell you is less of a performance than it might if they were being interviewed with a big camera, a satellite truck nearby, a crew and a sound guy.”
It also allows journalists to be more efficient. “With Periscope, you don’t have to broadcast if nothing interesting is happening. If something interesting does happen, you can start broadcasting very quickly.”