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Mobile journalism is the leading source of news for adults in the US

31 Mar

Many more adults are relying on their smartphones in order to access news updates. Photo courtesy of Pew Internet and American Life Project

Mobile devices have become the leading source of news for adults in the US, new data has shown.

A report published by the Pew Internet and American Life Project indicates that 47 per cent of adults in the US use a smartphone or other mobile device in order to access their local and national news.

The figures also show an increase in the number of adults who are looking to their smartphones and mobiles for day-to-day weather updates, social media activity and local information about businesses and restaurants.

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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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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;

Online Journalism Blog

Notes from the Field

Smart phone apps damaging newspaper circulation

15 Nov

James Murdoch. Photo courtesy of http://www.seek4media.com

Mobile phone applications that allow users to browse through news stories on their phones are damaging to newspaper circulation, according to James Murdoch, head of News Corp.

An article published on seek4media.com this morning gives details of claims made by Mr Murdoch that newspapers are under threat from quick and easy smart phone apps that provide mobile phone users with the opportunity to simply scan through a variety of the day’s news. In a speech to the Monaco Media Forum, Mr Murdoch described the available news apps as being ‘much more directly cannabalistic of the print products‘ than full newspaper websites, as people begin to favour them over printed news because of their quick convenience.

As a newspaper journalist, the potential decline of newspapers fills me with dread, however I must confess that the various newspaper applications available on my iPhone have made the news so much more accessible to me as I rush through life as a postgraduate student.

The BBC, The Daily Telegraph and Sky News are just a few of the news organisations that have made the move to mobile media, providing users with a free and efficient means of browsing through the day’s news without the hassle of stopping and buying a newspaper as they rush from place to place.

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