What is mobile journalism, or MOJO? Some people say it is journalism that is executed on the go, at the scene, using mobile phones for shooting, editing, and publishing the final story. Well, that is not necessarily the case. In fact Glen Mulcahy, Innovations chief at Ireland’s RTE network, calls that the “purist view.” Mulcahy believes “mobile journalism is about empowering the individual storyteller to use whatever consumer technology they have available to them to make the best possible visual story that they can…”. This mean you can still pick up a DSLR camera, take video, transfer it to a portable device, process and send it out and still very much be a mobile journalist.
“For the context of breaking news, think of a mobile phone as a swiss army knife.”
– Stephen Quinn, MOJO Trainer & Writer
One does not need to be bound to shooting only in a studio setting with professional equipment any longer, and this fact has liberated and given rise to many independent news provider. This decentralization of media is exactly what the modern day needs since it’s much less likely that there will be biased news stories being spread out when there are many more individual (not corporate) entities reporting on the go.
A very active and solid example of a mobile journalist paving the way is Barkha Dutt. Today she runs a successful platform for events and independent news called MOJO, but when she first left her job of 20 odd years at NDTV, there was quite a buzz around the fact that NDTV started to call their new form of journalism MOJO. You can find more details on the issue HERE. Barkha has been constantly putting out content that she believes needs to be addressed, such as women’s rights, current political situations, rape and many more. Visit her Facebook Page to see some of the content and quality of content she is generating using simple mobile tools.
Many say that eventually, we all will take to some form of MOJO journalism almost ensuring that news will come from a variety of individuals, rather than a corporate organization. All you need to be a MOJO is a half decent mobile phone/device, (Apple tends to be preferred since they consistently have high quality camera and mics, as well as apps that allow for quick 2-step edits of video) some additional equipment like mini directional microphone, lapel microphone, dolly, rechargeable light, lens adaptors, monopod or light tripod, mini tripod, an SD card, and, an account with a phone company and/or Internet service provider (ISP) and VOILA, you have a mini broadcasting network , and the best part, it can all fit in a small handbag! No more lugging around heavy equipment just to get a clean shot.
MOJO seems to be the future of media & journalism because as we go further into the era of technology, everything has been fast paced and quite in the moment. No one wants to read something that’s being covered 3 days too late. People want to know what is happening, as it happens. And now, the beauty of MOJO is that the people themselves can provide that information to their community and following.
You just need SCRAP, which is short for Story, Characters, Resolution, Actuality and Production. This is the equivalent of traditional journalism’s 5WH (what, where, when, who, why and how). And need not to worry about having pristine quality content, people appreciate authentic content that is being captured out in the field, it maybe a bit rough on the edges, but it is still well consumed information.