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#march26

29 Mar

Mojos used Twitter to report on the March 26 protests

Saturday 26 March saw a fresh wave of protests through the UK as swarms of people hit the county’s cities in order to fight against the cuts. The event once again provided mobile journalists with the opportunity to report from the ‘front line’, using the #march26 hash tag on Twitter in order to keep followers up to date with the latest developments as the protesters swarmed through the capital.

Anyone following #march26 was able to see exactly where the protesters were, what they were doing and what action was being taken against them by the authorities. Not only does this sort of mobile journalism provide the outside world with a unique insight into the protests, without actually having to be there, it enables a number of journalists to voice their opinions on the events of the day, something which is not usually possible when writing an article for a publication.

Reporting through Twitter sees a new generation of would-be mobile journalists commenting and reporting on breaking news events and, in this particular case, it was the siege on high-end department store Fortnum & Mason that drew the most attention.

As protesters forced their way into the famous Fortnums, both journalists and participants tweeted to the outside world, while following the tweets of those caught up in the violence taking place beyond the gilded walls of the UK Uncut Fortnums protest.

Protesters and passersby posted photos online, showing the utter chaos that many of the protests had descended into. News that the Oxford Circus Topshop was being vandalised by a particularly furious group of protesters sparked debate on Twitter between those who felt such extreme action was necessary and those who believed that the violence overshadowed the real issue behind the protests.

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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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Journalism nightmare: Mobile broadband ‘not-spots’

5 Nov

You’ve travelled to an estranged and forgotten part of the world at your editor’s bequest. You interview several enraged locals who, in typical small town manner, know absolutely everything about the story. Dashing to the nearest coffee-selling establishment, you fire up your laptop to bash out 800 words. As you pound the keys in pursuit of deadline you can nearly feel the editor’s warm cigarette-stained breath on the back of your neck. Nearing caffeine overdose and with a patchwork story on you’re hands you hurriedly try to log on to your email account. Then comes the fail: No Network Connection.

As a working journalist in London this scenario isn’t all that common: the area has 100% mobile Internet coverage. Be it using your smart phone, or plugging a dongle into your laptop, ever-present wireless access is now an expected necessity. ‘Not-spots’ are unacceptable, unless, of course, you’re using the tube.

But life outside of London is often anti-parallel for journalists, as an Ofcom report into UK mobile broadband coverage today reveals. The report shows that 87% of the population is served with 3G coverage, whilst there is only 76% coverage geographically. The figures are remarkably lower for the UK’s smaller states, with N. Ireland served by 40% population and geographical coverage.

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