Industry, Technology and Politics
Edited By Alec Charles
David Cameron Mobile Journalism: a Snapshot of Ongoing Research and Practice
Descriptions of journalistic practice have long been compartmentalized into the distinct media forms in which news was published. Broad divi- sions were made between print and broadcast journalism or magazine, newspaper, radio and TV reporters. The shift in media publishing towards multiple modes of distribution has led to specialized variants such as online or social media reporting. Newer forms such as blogging, micro-blogging (tweeting), electronic publications (epubs), video and audio podcasting, interactive data visualizations and online news games are expanding the scope of reporting practice. Journalism has also been dif ferentiated by the technological means by which it is produced, such as with the solo video journalist equipped with a compact video camera or the photojournalist now able to publish digital images straight to our screens via the internet. The past decade or so has seen the dif fusion of terms such as ‘backpack journalism’ to describe how a solo journalist equipped with a laptop com- puter, digital camera and network access can report across a variety of media from almost anywhere in the world. Another emerging form is that sometimes described as ‘mobile jour- nalism’ (MoJo). The term has been loosely applied to describe a journalistic practice conducted by reporters equipped with highly portable multime- dia newsgathering equipment, including both consumer and professional devices. While virtually any eyewitness with a smartphone in their pocket is now capable of media-rich and real-time mobile coverage of an event, this chapter examines a more specific form of journalism practice based on the...
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