Mobilizing the News

The concept has been around for a while now, but recently the concept of Mobile Journalism has been increasingly familiar and used. Mobile Journalism is a form of media storytelling from the use of a portable electronic device. The device must have Internet connection and be able to collect, edit, and share media. Most commonly used is the smartphone, and this concept has been increasingly popular amongst the millennials. The reporters who utilize this form of journalism are often called “Mojos.” With the advancements of technology and the increase in social media and multiple apps, this form of reporting has come at significant ease which is why it is increasingly popular over the past few years.


One of the key components to mobile journalism is the fact that it can be broadcasted live. Through live streaming sites like Periscope or Facebook Live, journalists can report the exact moment something is happening. This is also a really important feature because broadcasting through non-traditional media outlets reaches people who wouldn’t usually see that content. For instance, live streaming on Facebook Live has the potential to reach a large portion of the Facebook community. People who wouldn’t normally check a news site or channel could have access to the stream and information.


There are some differences between mainstream traditional media and this fairly new concept of mobile journalism. Sometimes, there are no tripods or anything to aid in the filming of something. As the saying goes, it is a “one-man show.” It can be difficult for a person to film and keep the camera stable. Therefore reporters must practice holding the camera still, or utilize some techniques to help stabilize their arm.


There are also cool attachments that can be added to portable devices that can help enhance the picture or change it in some way. There can be clarity lenses, or night time lenses that could help with filming during the night time. These attachments are extremely useful because although there are many benefits to a “one-man show” and using a portable device, there is no one to sit there with a professional camera and film so it comes out perfect. Attachments are easy to carry, and easy to attach on.


The difference in using a portable device is that it is not necessarily tailored towards reporting needs. When reporting, it is probable that there will be a lot of background noise or some sort of commotion. Whereas traditional reporting, someone usually has some sort of microphone to speak into and make it easier to understand, portable devices only have a built in microphone. In order to cancel out some of the background noise and be able to speak into the device clearly, reporters might have to use headphones with built in microphones to help filter out the other noises.

Mobile journalism is also great for getting right into the action. The use of a small device and being only one person allows the reporter to set up the device in a variety of different ways to get different shots. He or she can alter the angle of the shot and do so with a lot of ease since they do not have to move an entire camera set up. In addition, it is a lot easier for a journalist to get closer to a scene when all they have is them self and a hand-held device. As a Mojo, fellow Mojo Bjorn Staschen has some helpful tips.


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