Are we all secretly mobile journalists, AKA a mojo? If you’ve ever used Facebook live or Snapchat before, you are well on your way.
It’s as simple as that.
A mobile journalist is an expert at pressing the record button on their smartphone, but anyone can do it as long as they know how to work the camera. To start, a few good tips to becoming a mojo is always making sure your phone is being held horizontally to capture footage, clearing the lens, and putting your device on airplane mode so that nothing interferes with your recording. Always make sure to bring headphones wherever you go so you can play back your audio to make sure everything sounds good with no interruptions. It is important to get as close to the subject you want to document as possible so that you not only capture higher quality audio, but significant details as well. Seriously, you can never press the record button enough times, because the more footage, the more you have to work with. Although the point of mobile journalism is for everything to be captured in the moment, there are not many opportunities for redos since you can technically only capture something one time, especially while live streaming.
I would like to consider myself as a mobile journalist because I literally document everything on my phone wherever I go; food, travel, people, activities, etc.. The best part is, you don’t even need to touch a computer to upload your breaking news or content! As mentioned above, Facebook live is a great way to get your feet off the ground because it is a chance to reach out to a large group of people who might not have seen your footage otherwise.
WordPress, Thinglink, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, or any media streaming app can always easily and quickly be available for purchase or download on your smartphone device. They are all great tools for documenting, editing, and uploading your material directly on your phone.
Overall, mobile journalism is an amazing new way to tell a story. Not only can you make memories from your videos, but be a resource for spreading important news as well. You never know who is going to come across your work or click the play button to your recording. I love it because sometimes I do it without even realizing. Studying abroad in a foreign country has given me amazing opportunities to put my new experiences into a digital story on the go. I share everything on social media to give live updates and allow others to see what I do through a screen. Being a mojo is really fun, and it’s one of the easiest skills to learn.