We are currently in the middle of an amazing technological era. This era has proven time and time again that almost any traditional concept can be digitized. Books were once read on paper, but now people read them online with e-books on their portable devices. Blockbuster was once a popular movie rental chain store, but now people stream movies on Netflix, Hulu, On Demand, and other online streaming companies. People who enjoyed music could only listen to it at home with their record player, now music can be listened to on the go on a cellphone, iPod, iPad, etc. You get the point. Technology offers convenience to people within their everyday activities.
The same thing goes for journalism. Journalism was once collected through in-person events and interviews. There is a new concept that combines the world of technology and journalism. It is called “Mobile Journalism”, also nicknamed “MOJO”.
This idea is a new way of storytelling: by using mobile devices to combine information, photos, videos, and any content that creates a story. It is a simple yet, complex process. Becoming a mobile journalist is simple. “One mobile phone. That’s all you need to be a mobile journalist…”. However, the process of mobile journalism is more complex. It takes a lot of time to prepare and plan out how the entire process will be organized.
Mobile journalism normally consists of using an iPhone or iPad to record events. “Mobile journalism involves people realizing that they and the gear they carry are like a Swiss army knife, with lots of attachments. You choose the one you need”. It seems like most people prefer using iPhones over iPads, “because a number of iOS editing apps offer two-track video editing, deemed crucial to creating news-like stories quickly”. The iPhone was once just a smartphone, but now it can accomplish almost any digital task. The camera quality is so clear, that now it can replace the use for professional video cameras.
Another reason mobile journalism flourished is because of this concept of streaming on social media platforms. It is said that, “Periscope and Facebook Live could become, for many journalists, the gateway to mobile journalism…”.
These applications are currently at a high demand. If people are willing to watch their Facebook and Periscope friend’s streaming videos, they most likely will be willing to watching streaming news broadcasts on these platforms as well.
Mobile journalism is on the rise all around the world. Many conferences and workshops are being held to inform and educate not only millennials, but also people of all ages, about this modern digitized journalistic approach.
The amazing thing about technology is that people are able to accomplish many tasks through their smart devices. Everyday we see are introduced to news concepts that make life seem simpler with technology. What will be next?