This upcoming week in J2150, we will be put to the test on our mobile journalism skills. I’m a bit nervous about it just because there is such a small period of time between when the clock starts and stops for the assignment to begin and finish. Sixty minutes to be exact.
I like the idea of mobile journalism, but I’m anxious to see how I perform in trying to create it myself. I’m not all that savvy when it comes to using smart phones, as I don’t own one myself, so I’m nervous to use one for this assignment. I’ve been doing a little research to see what I want to report on come Tuesday, April 10, at 9:30 in the morning, but I haven’t quite decided on anything yet. At first I thought we were going to have to shoot some video clips and then edit them on the phone to post to the web for this assignment, but I was relieved to discover that this assignment was a bit easier than that.
I was browsing the web to view some examples of mobile journalism from professionals to see some good examples, but most of them were videos of mobile journalism broadcasts. I found this one website called Mobile Broadcast News, we’re there for you, which had a blog type feel to it, where as you scolled down the page, you could see posts of older mobile broadcasts.
The first video I came across at the top of the page was called A Worldwide Hippies CITIZEN DISPATCH, posted on April 5, 2012.
Now personally, I didn’t really enjoy this piece of “mobile journalism” at all. I didn’t like that there was just a guy talking into the camera the entire time about the issue at hand. I wan’t to see more footage of what was actually going on and here quotes from more people.
I continued looking through the posts a bit more and came across one called OWS M28 Union Square: Psychological War: “The Trap of Violence,” which I liked much more.
This story about Occupy Union Square was much better in my opinion in comparison to the first video that I watched because it had much more of a mobile journalism feel to it. The people at the event got to tell the story and there were a lot of visuals from the event to go along with it.
I’m excited to see how I perform for this assignment on Tuesday. It seems like a really interesting job to have, and I like the idea of being “in the field” for a job all day instead of just constantly being in an office. It will be interesting to see how the time constraint works out for me.