Are selfie sticks the new norm in TV journalism?

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Selfie sticks have become so incredibly popular that a number of places have had to ban them, as the video above explains. But one place they aren't being banned? On the news.

As Mashable discusses, selfie sticks are actually being utilized for good in Australia. Many reporters for Sky News Australia will soon be filming their short stand-ups with a selfie stick hyrbid known the LiveU SmartGRIP. The LiveU SmartGRIP works as such: reporters attach their smartphone and external microphone to the handheld device and, using LiveU's LU-Smart mobile app, quickly transmit high-quality footage back to the newsroom.

The device is a clear fear for camera men everywhere, but Greg Byrnes, channel manager of Sky News Live in the UK, told Mashable Australia that a number of their journalists were already using the device in the field.

The selfie phenomenon has been a hit for Sky News UK reporters since February. The tweet below shows a reporter doing their first selfie stick interview!



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