It's difficult for TV stations to get the news out fast enough to compete with social media sites like Twitter, but the new LifeNews app gives it a fighting chance. The app is designed to be location-based and whenever a person with the app is nearby a breaking story, they have the opportunity to contribute photos and videos to LifeNews in exchange for money.
With these exclusive videos, LifeNews has original content that can go directly to air. Beyond this, LifeNews now can sell its exclusive content to rival news stations, since it's like being able to have reporters always at the right place at the right time. Viewership of LifeNews and use of the mobile application went way up, proving that getting news via the TV is not yet over.