In the coffee shop, on the couch, or walking down the street, more of us are on laptops, smartphones, and iPads. We’re texting, posting to Facebook, Tweeting, watching videos, and gathering information. Most of our interactions occur in near real-time, and we want our information to be up-to-the-minute. In an effort to provide that instant content, media organizations and journalists have had to change the way they gather and present news. They’ve been turning to Mobile Journalism (MOJO).
What is Mobile Journalism?
I recently attended “Find Your MoJo! Best Tools & Practices for Mobile Journalism”, a panel/discussion on Mobile Journalism hosted by the Portland Online News Association (ONA) Group, sponsored by The Oregonian News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). I discovered some of the different ways media organizations and journalists are using mobile technology to get information to you faster. I heard people talk about the new tools of journalism: smartphones, laptops, Twitter, cheap video cameras and a variety of apps. But, I still felt overwhelmed and confused about what Mobile Journalism was, so I decided to go to an expert.
Asking an Expert
The moderator of “Find your Mojo!” was Frank Mungeam,Director of Digital Media for KGW. According to the event flier, “Frank manages the online news team for KGW.com, and leads the station’s social media and mobile media initiatives, including its suite of 9 mobile apps.”