MoJo - Mobile Journalism in the Asian Region
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Around the world, mobile phones are changing the way journalists work. This third edition of a ground-breaking book continues to follow the development of the concept of the mobile journalist, known by the abbreviation “mojo”. Mobile journalists are reporters who use a mobile or cell phone to shoot stills or video with the mobile’s camera, capture and edit audio and video, and compose stories with fold-away keyboards.
The big new development in Mobile Journalism is the availability of software from the Canadian start-up, Vericorder Technology, that allows journalists to edit audio and video files on the screen of an iPhone, iTouch or iPad, and send completed packages to the web. With wi-fi or cellular phone networks, stories and news packages can be on the web within seconds of being completed.
The power of the mobile phone for reporting is the combination of always-on connectedness with the convenience of a news gathering tool in your pocket. Mojo changes journalism because of the ability to break news from the field, cheaply and simply. It means newsrooms need to accommodate new information flows, and introduce new structures.
This immediacy accelerates how journalism happens, and introduces new challenges for editorial executives. This book describes the spread of the mobile phone as a news gathering tool, and offers examples from around the world. It describes three levels of multimedia reporting, and suggests that the mobile phone is an ideal tool for breaking news online.
The author, Dr Stephen Quinn, has worked as a journalist in six countries and has trained journalists in eleven countries. MOJO: Mobile Journalism in the Asian Region is Dr Quinn's seventeenth book.
Author: Stephen Quinn
Edited by: Simon Winkelmann
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Singapore, January 13, 2012