New MOJO resources for reporters and newsrooms

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How to get started in mobile journalism

MObile JOurnalism, usually abbreviated as MOJO, is a way of reporting from the street with a smartphone. MOJO is considered an innovative way of capturing news and content, without the need to own or rent expensive equipment.

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There are multiple apps and tools that help to enhance the functionality of our smartphones. Some stand out for simplifying the journalistic task. Some of them are:

Canva:

This tool offers you layouts to easily design presentations and social media graphics. Really useful to present data, polls or any information.

Call Recorder:

Great app to record phone interviews. You will be able to listen to the recording, add notes and share it with your colleagues.

Watchity:

This new cloud-based live video production platform was created to simplify the creation, production, and distribution of videos, reducing costs and helping mobile journalists to cover breaking news or any event with their phone.

Feedly:

The RSS format gives your smartphone quick access to all your favorite blogs and websites. This way, you can save time confirming data or check other news sources.

Lightroom:

This app gives you a simple solution for capturing, editing and sharing your photos.

Advantages of ‘MOJO’

One of the biggest advantages of MObile JOurnalism is that it allows you to cover events and situations that couldn’t be captured with traditional equipment.

Discretion is another of MOJO’s biggest benefits. It’s not the same speaking in front of a state-of-the-art camera or in front of a mobile phone; this makes it easier for our your sources to relax. Also, smartphones can be very useful in areas with armed conflicts or in countries with limited freedom of expression.

How to produce quality video content only with phones

As we already mentioned, Watchity was created to simplify the creation, edition, and distribution of live video, allowing mobile journalists to create professional productions without technical knowledge.

With Watchity, no need for OB vans for live coverage of breaking news or events. This platform allows you to:

Customize the retransmission with your logo or banners:

Through a mixer, the platform allows you to insert or remove banners, logos, and video ads during the live streaming.

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In this image, you can see the “media library” on the left, where you can upload as many images and videos as you wish, and then select the one you want to insert during the retransmission.

Capture live video from different mobiles and cameras:

With Watchity, you can capture different angles of the situation that you want to cover. The contributors only need 4G or Wi-Fi connection, for their phones or professional cameras, and the videos will be synched and received in a multi-camera player.

Multichannel distribution:

Simultaneous distribution of live videos on the web and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, which can also be managed separately.

Switch the cameras:

The moderator of the broadcast will receive the video streams captured in a multi-camera player; here he will be able to mute a camera or switch to another one, in order to offer an enriched viewing experience.

Is mobile journalism still journalism?

Now that we all have a mobile phone with internet access, anyone can capture information during an event. However, we must make it clear that just recording some facts is not considered journalism. To be considered a mobile journalist, you’ll need journalistic knowledge and skills: knowing how to compare different sources of information, follow the basic rules of storytelling, be accurate, be ethical.

Examples of MObile JOurnalism

Mobile devices are bringing new approaches and possibilities for journalists. Some examples of content creation with these devices:

Photography:

In 2017, Time Magazine published ‘Firsts’, a portrait series shot on iPhone.

Television:

The Dutch broadcaster Omrop Fryslân produced this story in December 2017 for online and TV:

Social media:

In 2017, Irish broadcaster RTE launched ‘Mobile Shorts‘: video packages that are shot and edited on smartphones.

Live video:

Media companies are already broadcasting live videos for their websites and social media channels. This format has become the best way to grab user attention.

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