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Top tweeting tips

31 Mar

For any budding mobile journalists out there, this list of tweeting tips from award-winning journalist Mary Hamilton is sure to provide you with some invaluable advice.

We picked a couple of tips that we feel are the most important for any journalist hoping to tweet the news to the waiting world.

Hashtags – if you are reporting from an event or an incident, check to see if it already has a hashtag on Twitter and, if it does, make sure to use it at the end of every tweet. Not only will this allow people to see what you are tweeting about, but it will also make your tweets much easier to find. If you are organising an event or are planning to tweet from an event, make sure that you make  your Twitter followers aware of what hashtag you are using. That way they can use it and join in with any conversation or debate.

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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

What does a mobile journalist need?

1 Dec

While there is a huge variety of technology available  to any budding mojo, the cost of ensuring that you have every piece of equipment out there is unbelievably high. We have therefore compiled a list of ‘must-haves’ for any mobile journalist looking to report up-to-date news from a variety of locations.

Hardware

  • A smartphone with a camera/the capability to record video/a contract that allows you to send unlimited texts, make many phonecalls and with an unlimited data package
  • A small digital camcorder e.g. a Flip or Kodak Zx5
  • A digital dictaphone
  • Digital camera – while this may not always be entirely necessary, particularly if you have a high quality camera on your phone, they often take much better photos
  • Spoffle – a foam cover that can be placed over any microphone to reduce the amount of ‘crackling’ on the recording. These are available for smartphones that have voice recorders e.g. the iPhone
  • Spare batteries
  • A small portable tripod for your camera e.g. a GorillaPod
  • The ever trusty notebook and pen – always remember a spare pen
  • Small laptop or netbook with a dongle

Software

  • Apps for your smartphone/laptop that allow you to keep in constant contact through email, a blog, Twitter or other social media
  • TweetDeck
  • HootSuite
  • iBlogger
  • WordPress for iPhone
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Maps
  • Skype
  • A back-up email account – occasionally Google Mail or Hotmail will stop working and you should have a back-up ready
  • YouTube account

Each mojo will have their own preferences about what to take out with them while reporting. It is always wise to ensure that you have a list of contact phone numbers should you need to get in touch with your editor/colleague and I would personally always recommend taking out some form of food and drink – you never know where you may end up and for how long.

For more ideas on equipment for the mojo see;

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Notes from the Field

WordPress announce Nokia compatibility as they pass 1m mobile users

12 Nov

Nothing irks journalism traditionalists more than the incarnation of the blog and the bloggers behind them.

Andrew Marr publicly described bloggers as “socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother’s basements and ranting”.

Andrew Marr: Apparently not a fan of bloggers

But today a statement from leading blog-host WordPress quashed Marr’s visualisation of bloggers as basement dwelling losers, announcing that they now accommodate over one million mobile users: that’s people on the move, not underground, Andrew. The announcement came as WordPress confirmed that Nokia phones will now be able to avail of their mobile services, joining the likes of Blackberry, Android and Apple’s iPhone. Continue reading