City University’s Newspaper class and mobile journalism

28 Mar

What phones do City University's Newspaper Journalism class have?

We spoke to City University’s Newspaper Journalism class to find out what mobile phones are most popular among tomorrow’s journalists. Unsurprisingly, Blackberry and iPhone were the most popular brands, however there were still a few older, traditional models flying around, most impressively a Nokia 3310. Continue reading

Weather updates are the top search on mobiles

26 Mar

Weather updates beat news in mobile searches. Photo: Svedek.

Weather updates and local business searches are the most popular reason for people tapping into their mobile according to research.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism  found that local news coverage followed next, trailed by sports and traffic information.

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Mobile broadcast journalism

23 Mar

Luci Live enables you to transform your smartphone into a recording studio. Photo courtesy of http://www.filecluster.com

Meet Luci Live, the software that allows you to turn your Mac, Windows PC/Phone or iPhone into a device for broadcasting audio.

The software, available online or through the iPhone App Store for £239.99, enables you to make high quality audio recordings, edit, add images and then upload them to the internet or a studio.

The Luci Live program represents a great advance in mobile journalism, enabling mojos everywhere to broadcast audio feeds from anywhere in the world (anywhere, that it, with a 3G or WiFi connection). The creators of this exciting new software promises to deliver ‘professional and streamlined approach to your reportage, bringing with it the highest levels of quality, user-friendliness and reliability’.

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Guardian appoint first mobile editor

22 Mar

The Guardian has announced the appointment of their first dedicated mobile editor, spelling out the significance of mobile journalism for the future of the industry.

Subhajit Banerjee, the Guardian's first mobile editor

The role has been awarded to Subhajit Banerjee, who moved to the paper from the the Daily Telegraph, where he blogged about technology and overseen the launch of their ipad app.

Speaking to Journalism.co.uk yesterday, Janine Gibson the Guardian online editor, said that as well as fine tailoring their mobile output, Banarjee would also be “championing mobile practises”. This revelation should excite mobile journalism junkies. The Guardian has already been one of the forerunners in mobile journalism, consistantly running live blogs and live tweet streams. If Banerjee is to further develop these practises, exciting times lay ahead.

The Times also has a dedicated mobile editor, having been appointed in Brigid Callaghan to the role in 2008.

 

Photo: Journalism.co.uk

Mobile journalism conference

20 Mar

An upcoming international conference will explore how emerging digital and social technologies will impact journalism, media communications and publishing.

For two days, professors, journalists, bloggers, and entrepreneurs will debate how social technologies can be used to improve the journalism we produce. Speakers include press critic Jay Rosen, and Riyaad Minty, head of social media at Al Jazeera.  

Held by Media140 Frontiers, the event in Barcelona takes place 13 – 14 April. Tickets cost €120 and are still available.

Click here for conference details.

Top five mobiles with HD video

20 Mar

The iPhone 4 makes it inot the Top Five. Photo: k-ideas.

Massive advances made in mobile phone video technology have meant that many of the videos put up on newspaper websites come from citizen journalists. With the release of mobiles with HD video, this is happening more and more often. Should you find yourself at the scene of a news breaking event, here are the phones you want to have.

Top Five phones with HD video:

1. Samsung Galaxy S (I9000)
A decent camera which supports 720p video recording. Built-in 16GB memory (2GB reserved for apps). No camera flash and one-day battery life.

2. Apple iPhone 4
A big player in the smartphone wars. Much better battery life compared to the old iPhone.

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Twestival 2011

20 Mar

Photo courtesy of Twestival 2011

On Thursday 24 March, local Twestivals (Twitter Festivals) will be held in numerous cities across the globe. From small meetings in pubs and restaurants to large scale sposnored events, the local Twestivals provide mobile journalists and social media lovers with a chance to come together and interact offline, while raising money for charity.

The events, which are run entirely by volunteers, are aimed at bringing together social media gurus at an offline event that focuses on grassroots funding for a particular cause. Since 2009, Twestival has raised nearly $1.2million for over 130 different causes, demonstrating clearly the power of internet-based media.

While Twestival, which originated in London in 2009, is primarily a social media event,  it will provide mobile journalists with an opportunity to connect with other like-minded people, learn more about social media and its uses in journalism and make incredibly valuable journalistic contacts.

For more information about this year’s Twestival and for details about how to purchase tickets go to www.twestival.com