CBS Mobile has made its EyeMobile iPhone application for citizen journalists available through Apple’s App Store.
The trend toward citizen journalism has its detractors, though at its roots the right to free speech in the US comes from the actions of individual non-professional writers whose efforts with pamphlets and books helped create independence for the US.
EyeMobile allows users to upload images of current events from their iPhone to CBS’ mobile journalism website. Moconews observes that popular recent items include hurricane footage and pictures snapped at political events. “The application represents the first major effort from any of the TV networks since the app store launched,” it says.
It’s a lost opportunity in a sense, though, because the iPhone doesn’t record video we’re stuck with static snaps, good for bandwidth, but a shame, as we all know the camera inside the device is perfectly capable of capturing video – if Apple allowed it to.
We don’t understand why the company that makes Final Cut Pro or iMovie has neglected to offer video support in its mobile device.