NBC News has acquired the user-generated live video service Stringwire, the network announced today. The company’s founder, Phil Groman, will join NBC News as product lead in NBC News Digital Group’s San Francisco office.
Stringwire contains a network of verified contributors around the world who are able to stream video live from their mobile devices. Rather than just finding relevant videos after a story breaks, news organizations can connect to Stringwire through Twitter to directly recruit eyewitnesses based on their geographical locations and request real-time reporting.
NBC News tells us that because Stringwire is still early in its development, the team will be figuring out the best way to integrate and deploy the technology over the next several months.
Groman has used Stringwire to cover Hurricane Sandy and the Kenyan elections. The tool grew out of his Master’s thesis at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he specialized in designing and producing mobile experiences. Prior to his education at NYU, Groman spent two years working at mobile development studio Afroes in South Africa and Kenya, where he built applications for campaigning and education.