5 reasons why all newsrooms should adopt mobile journalism
Reporters have had to branch away from their beloved media — some kicking and screaming — to become the new standard; multimedia journalists.
I've noticed several news companies moderately using smartphone features to provide news content to their websites, television and radio shows. However, many outlets seem to be using mobile content created by viewers and users and shy away from broadcasting stories created by reporters and their phones.
Here are five reasons why I believe all newsrooms should be handing out iPhones to their employees and making use of technology to enhance their news coverage:
1. It's immediate
2. It's TV ready
Media captured on an iPhone can easily be transfered via FTP to newsroom servers. In fact, even the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has toyed around with setting up FTP servers for their relatively new flock of mobile journalists.
Some execs may worry about the picture quality, but the iPhone 5 shoots 1080p HD video from its iSight camera and a relatively satisfying 720p HD quality video with its back-facing camera.
There are things the phone can't do when compared to a standard video journalist's camera. Most phones may have few shortfalls in low-light situations or with image stabilization, but with the proper equipment, most videos and stills shot with an iPhone can easily make it on the news and be shared on the web.
In an interview with Muck Rack, Matt Danzico, a video journalist for BBC said "For the individual, the future of video journalism involves using mobiles to produce high quality content through applications that automate the editing process. For the world, the future of video journalism involves managing and smartly archiving incalculable amounts of content across a digital map of the globe. And for the professional, the future of video journalism remains an increasingly difficult nut to crack."
3. It's easy to learn
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4. It's cost effective
5. It's always on you
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