J2150 Week 11: Mobile Journalism

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. 

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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. 

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One thought on “J2150 Week 11: Mobile Journalism

  1. Great set of video links and response to them. That first one really was hard to get through, so I was relieved to see the #Occupy story was a bit more varied. I’m surprised that both were as long as they were though. Do you think that’s the main difference between a citizen journalist and a professional (the amount of time spent editing down the story)?

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with on Tuesday!

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