Mobile Journalism Tips

When creating mobile journalism content, it is imperative that you make sure of a few things on a phone or tablet.

Power – Ensure that you have enough battery to do the job.  Power banks can be helpful if your phone uses a lot of battery, or you are broadcasting for a long time.

Do Not Disturb Mode – By turning on the Do Not Disturb Mode on your device, it will allow you to create content, without notifications or sounds to distract from the job in hand.

Lenses – Ensure they are clean.  You might create a great piece of journalism but if there is a smudge on the lens, then that is all that the viewer will see.

Orientation – Use the appropriate orientation for your content.  Video is always horizontal (except for Vine), because that’s the way televisions are designed.  Photos can be either landscape or portrait, but ultimately the journalist has to make that call.

Usage – Use appropriate technology for a story – do not just do tech because you can.

Sharing – Share your journalism on Social Media.  Get the word out there using appropriate hashtags so that if people are searching for a story, then they will find your content.  You never know who might want to use it – BBC, Sky, ITN etc.

Mobile Journalism

This morning we have discussed the various ways in which mobile devices can be used by journalists to add to their 250-300 word articles.

The role of a journalist has changed over the last few years with the requirements of a 21st Century journalist being more than just a writer.  Graduates into the industry are now expected to be much more, with the focus being on a person who can write, video, record, and photograph a story, and be able to collate everything together and complete the story whilst out in the field.

Journalist Requirements

Journalist Requirements

With a smartphone, a journalist is able to do so much more, with the focus being on giving the viewer/reader different perspectives of the story.  Using the diagram above, you can see that by using a mobile phone or a tablet, a job that may have taken two or three people is now achievable by just one.

In a story, you can now embed a video, audio interviews, and photos which can then be published to an online platform and shared on social media in a very short space of time.

Being a digital media expert is now crucial to being a journalist of the future, but not only with current digital technology, but by embracing everything that is upcoming over the next few months and years.



David Whitfield – Further Developments to Video/Magazine – Holographic Presentation

When looking into the future of home video, presentations will become less 2D and more 3D, with videos utilising more of the technology that is available.

A couple of developments for the documentary over the next few years will be the use of 3D and Hologram projections.

3D is slowly becoming a technology that can be accessed at home, with television companies offering 3D television programming as part of a normal package, with Sky offering their 3D channel at no extra cost.


Sky 3D

Sky 3D

In addition to 3D programming, large productions are utilising holographic projection to enhance the viewing/listening experience for the audience.  An example of this, is the latest tour completed by Michael Jackson, even though he passed away in 2009.


Hologram Show with Michael Jackson

Hologram Show with Michael Jackson

These two developments would have huge cost implications, but as the technology improves and becomes more mainstream, the purchase cost of the products, and also the costs of creating the content will drop.


David Whitfield – Future Developments of Magazine and Video – Magazine Series

Hull's Musical Heritage

Hull’s Musical Heritage

As part of the future developments of the Magazine Spread, I have considered the other artists featured within the David Whitfield pullout.

I would look to pitch a further 8 issues of “Hull’s Musical Heritage” featuring The Beautiful South, Joe Longthorne, Mick Ronson, The Housemartins, Sade, Everything But The Girl, The Paddingtons, and Roland Gift.

By pitching further issues, it would show that a one-off pull out, can provide more content, which would make it a more worthwhile proposition to the publisher.

The layout of the magazine would stay the same, with different content, ensuring consistency, and that the only things that would need to change would be the text and image content.

David Whitfield – Further Developments to Video/Magazine

In the brief, we are asked to consider future developments to both the video and magazine after submission of the assignment.

During the process, I have looked at alternative ways to either tell the story or to enhance the current products.

I have considered the following:

By considering all these options, I can attempt to reach the largest possible audience, even if there are factors that prohibit their use, such as time, resources or money.

Degree Show

At lunchtime, I will be popping in to HSAD to have a look at the 3rd Years Degree Show, which is their time to shine and show off their skills that they have honed over the last 3 years.

The great, but scary thing is that in 24 months time, this will be my degree show, and I will be showing what I can do in the year of City of Culture.

Podcast – Assignment Reflection

After working on the podcast assignment, a number of items have cropped up that I need to look at in detail.

I feel hugely frustrated by the assignment, as a Radio Presenter, as this assignment should have been something that completed way before the deadline set, and I know that if I had worked on this on my own, my product that I handed in would have been significantly better than the finished article.

That said, there has been some positives to come out of the assignment, with learning new software in Pro Tools, and a better understanding of what Adobe Audition can be used for.

I will be looking to purchase my own mixer desk and microphone in the near future, so that I can produce higher quality voice recording at home, that I can use for podcasts, and also for voice-tracking some of my radio shows.

250th Post – Climbing the Ladder!

When I started this blog in September, I wasn’t sure how I would get on with it.  To put down your thoughts, ideas, and musings is something that was alien to me, but, as this is the 250th post, I think I’m just about getting the hang of it.

Using the technology wisely took a few weeks to get used to, but with the advent of apps for phones and tablets, I have been able to jot down my ideas to refer back to at a later stage.

Those that interact with the blog, even if just reading the random stuff that goes through my head at times, I say thank you, you make it all worth while.

Cheers, and here’s to the next 250!

Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Print Promotional Spread Thoughts

As the hand in deadline draws close, I’m fairly confident with where I am in terms of progress ready for the presentation on 11 May.  With that in mind, I am toying with the idea of creating the print promotional spread, which was within the original assignment brief.

This will not get me any extra marks, but I feel that the spread will add to the overall feel, and will give me extra time to hone my skills using InDesign.

My initial thoughts are that it will be a 2 page spread, suitable for a cricket magazine, and will be a perfect tribute to Richie Benaud, since he sadly passed away last month.  I need to consider which images to use, and also write around 750 words that sum up Richie’s contribution to the cricketing world.

Richie Benaud - Print Spread

Richie Benaud – Print Spread