Tag Archives: mobilejournalism

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.

Continue reading

Advertisements

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.

Continue reading

Five of the best compact camcorders

30 Mar

One of the greatest strengths of any mobile journalists is the ability to capture an event as it is happening, right from the frontline of the action.

As the recent coverage of the Japanese tsunami has shown, a picture can often be worth a thousand words and a video can often be worth a thousand photographs. The videos taken of the tsunami were unlike anything ever seen – they provided a form of journalistic coverage that had never before been achieved.

A quality compact camcorder is a vital part of your mojo kit bag and we have compiled a list of some of our favourites;

Continue reading

#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.

Continue reading

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’.

Continue reading

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

Japanese tsunami

15 Mar

Photos of the tsunami have shocked the world. Photo courtesy of http://www.thebiblicalworld.blogspot.com

Over the last few days, the press has been flooded with information, news stories, pictures and videos all demonstrating the devastation that occurred as a result of the tsunami in Japan.

The media coverage of the natural disaster has given shocked viewers throughout the world a clear, up-to-date view of the events as they have unfolded, the stark reality of the devastation made all the more evident in numerous photos and videos captured by journalists and locals alike.

Not only have journalists been able to provide incredible coverage of the tsunami and its continuing after effects, but the videos provided by amateur cameramen, tourists, locals and mobile journalists have given a terrifying insight into the horror experienced at the exact moment that the tsunami hit the coast.

Continue reading