Semester 2-Mobile journalism

Our first session of the semester gave us an introduction to Mobile Journalism. We looked at some of the apps that will be useful and also equipment.


Some ideas of kit needed.

(The cat is not compulsory)


My Kit so far!

I also have some of the suggested apps, plenty of data and I’ve freed up the storage and added a 32gb SD card.

Here are some of the advantages of Mojo taken from “Mojo: from periphery to mainstream of journalism” By Hosam El Nagar, May 2016

Mobile journalism is much more than a cheaper way to produce video content on the go:

  • It overcomes barriers, gets close to the subject and gives the journalist unique and special access
  • It can survive disasters – a camera and a satellite news gathering system in your pocket on which you can film, edit, transmit, and go live from anywhere.
  • It provides new possibilities – enabling wider coverage potential at low cost
  • Mojo makes it easy and viable to offer more specialised niche coverage to smaller audiences

Some Useful Tips

  • Make sure you have enough power
  • Clean your lens.
  • Hold your phone horizontally so your phone’s home button is on the right hand side.
  • Get close to the subject which will also result in better audio if using the phone’s internal microphone.
  • Film a variety of shots and different angles.
  • Check the audio and make sure that the interview shot looks ok whilst still on location.
  • Start by putting your phone in airplane mode – this stops calls and app notifications coming through and interfering with your reporting, particularly if you’re live streaming.
  • Take a second each time to lock focus and exposure as your phone is likely to shift focus automatically mid-shot.
  • Make sure your shot is stable. Interlock arms if no tripod available.

The resources available for MoJo are limitless and particularly abundant on Twitter. I have already spent a lot of time looking at various sites, news, feeds, reports and people and as a result have started following more members of the MoJo community.

The RTÉ International Mobile Journalism & VR Conference , 4-6 May 2017 in Galway, Ireland looks like a great opportunity but is rather pricey.

There has also been a conference in Paris this month which I would have liked to have attended .

I also discovered the world’s first television channel to produce news entirely with a smartphone; the local TV channel of Geneva, Léman Bleu.


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