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Mojo

Mojo, or mobile journalism is on the rise. More and more people are reporting using their smart phones, a tripod, and a few more gadgets to get themselves going.

A few advantages of mobile journalism are that it’s easily accessible, meaning you always have your phone, therefor you can always do a quick report. In order to make a good video if possible you should have a smartphone, an irig pre and TV microphone, a tripod, and a shoulder pod. All of these help to keep the camera still and ensure a good and proper shot.

Before recording it would be imperative to clean the lens, turn on flight mode because you don’t want to be interrupted while recording, check if you are in the correct position, check your WIFI is possible, and check that the audio is working correctly. There are a lot of steps to go through but the fact that you can perform mobile journalism with just a few tools that fit into a nicely sized bag is extremely convenient.

Of course with the convenience of mobile journalism there are always disadvantages. You cannot zoom in on certain things going on, the battery can die, the lighting cannot always be perfect, and sometimes you are not always carrying around your equipment.

Some people say that the rise of mojo can be a threat to camera men, but this is not the case. Studios still need people with the instinct of when to shoot a certain shot and when the camera will need to be moved. The DIY (do it yourself) method is drastically increasing in todays world and it is incredible all that we alone are now able to do, especially report and journalize but we still need cameramen just as much as before, maybe just in different ways.

Kara Santos, journalist for Inter Press Service states; “Media experts say that mobile phones are increasingly becoming an important newsgathering tool in Asia. Mobile news coverage is said to be used by major broadcast networks like Al Jazeera. This phenomenon has given rise to ‘mobile journalism’, otherwise known as ‘mojo’.” The Asian region is using mobile journalism as one of their main forms. Kara says that sometime you need to be where the action is and your mobile phone is the fastest way to get the image needed. 

With simple apps you are able to edit your video and make it even better than imaginable. Some examples of this include Filmicpro, Periscope, Imovie, and many more. I am not saying that cooking shows and certain journalism reports should all be used by a smartphone, but it is possible and sometimes easier when you don’t have the means to hire and pay a cameraman and supply all of the equipment.

Mobile journalism is being used by even professional reporters out in the field without anybody even noticing. It is easy to use and at just about anyones fingertips. The cost to do mojo is significantly less than using a cameraman and high tech equipment. For a starting out journalist mobile journalism should be pretty attractive to them.

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