Going On The Record
Every idea I have about new ways of consuming the news through the Internet of Things seems to have either already been done (Google Glass will rise again!) or has been parodied in fiction (Super Sad True Love Story, and here, in Bumped, where the internet is installed basically into your eyeballs). On the other hand, from the news gathering or producing perspective, the "camera everywhere" is already affecting the news industry.
But there are some ways in which having a camera everywhere doesn't help in news gathering as much as you would expect. For example, did this lady land one on Prince Harry's lips or not? A lot of the news stories were carefully worded to avoid stating outright that she did kiss him on the lips--because the video and stills don't actually show it happening. Maybe more footage from more angles would provide a more definitive answer to this pressing concern. (I remember spending an embarassing amount of time trying to find this answer when the story broke).
One of the problems we'd need to solve in order to harness the presence of cameras and recording devices everywhere is how to actually be capturing video and sound at relevant times. The other issue is finding that footage as it's being broadcast or after it's been recorded. The third problem is ascertaining the rights to share it. For web journalists, this is usually not a problem; you just embed the link and that's acceptable. But for broadcast journalists, it's a little more challenging.
Here's one thing that might happen: a "Go On The Record" app that works both at journalist request and through the crowd. Maybe it wouldn't be super-social--unlike Facebook or Twitter, you wouldn't follow your friends--but journalists could ping all devices near a certain location, asking them to go on the record (start rolling). For example, somebody at a Trump rally wearing an Apple watch and holding up a sign might have the perfect footage of the candidate or the crowd--far better than a journalist does in the media pen. Or, in the case of something like eyeglasses that are also cameras, maybe you get a 1) unobtrusive recording mechanism and 2) have a legit "from so-and-so's" perspective.
Another way this could function is, in the event of breaking news, a citizen might start recording through the app, and if a number of people do the same thing, it's a crowd-sourced way of telling journalists something important is happening. Or maybe this isn't a separate app, but a new Facebook plug-in--which only activates to show people (even people who aren't following you) what you're recording after a certain number of journalists tell Facebook it's newsworthy.
One of the difficulties of relying on social media to find stories is you never know who is going to be there when news breaks: you can try to be friends with as many people as possible, but you'll still miss timely things. What would be helpful is something that cuts through the noice or amplifies the right voice at the right time.
There are some pretty big privacy issues, though--you'd have issues of consent if somebody tried to go on the record from within a private space. There's also obvious Big Brother 1984 parallels. And lots of people are still sensitive about sharing location data.