Last week, we were given an assignment to go to an event and record it and take pictures just using our phones. We then had to write a 300 word story on our blogs, see “Downloading Made Easy”. I thought this would be more complicated than it was. I have never just used my phone for an assignment, it seemed pretty weird to me. It absolutely incredible what we can do with our phones nowadays. I went to an event and got a story with just my phone. Back in the day, you needed multiple pieces of equipment that would be a lot more difficult to use.
I just cannot believe how far we’ve come as journalists in the mobile area. I had no idea mobile journalists had their own nickname, MoJos! It makes me wonder if there are going to be an influx of MoJos as we move forward. I personally would not want to be a mobile journalist, I love cameras too much. Not to say a phone camera isn’t great, I just think there is some wonderful about physically taking a photo with a DSLR. I feel as though I put more work and heart into pictures taken with a DSLR, because it’s a lot easier to take your phone and press a button, there isn’t anything manual to do at all.
What is great about mobile journalism is the fact that you can do it anywhere. If you do not have equipment for a spontaneous story, you always have your phone. Documenting a story can be done in many ways. For example, a friend of mine was studying at Santa Monica Community College when there was a school shooting there. Being a fast-thinker, she went to where the scene was with nothing but her phone and got great pictures. They were so great that she made the news and got to talk to Anderson Cooper. If this isn’t proof of how great mobile devices are for journalism, then I don’t know what is. We have so much at the tip of our fingers and it’s really nice to know that. The mobile assignment went well and I would love to do another one soon.