Making mobile journalism
You can produce interesting stories – using just a smartphone
Tips on how to make mobile journalism:
1. Keep it simple. Don’t use more equipment than you need.
2. Don’t use a new device in the field. Practice with it first to get comfortable with the device.
How to decide whether to go mobile on a story:
1. Will the readers/viewers benefit from being at the scene?
2. Will the journalism be better done on location?
3. Can the event be communicated in small bits over time?
4. Will quick, accurate reporting help people comprehend the story?
Types of stories that work well with mobile devices:
2. Speeches and important announcements
3. Breaking news
4. Public gatherings, such as protests
6. Grand openings
Try reporting on a smartphone and nothing else. To do so, you’ll need a smartphone that:
1. Can shoot good photos
2. A full keyboard
3. Mobile Internet
4. Mobile apps
Filterstorm or Photoshop Express
Reel Director or iMovie
Ban.jo – to find people nearby using social media
Audioboo – to record instant podcasts
Voddio – 3-track audio editing
Evernote – to save notes, photos and audio to the cloud
Don’t lose power – it’s the worst thing that can happen to a mobile reporter. Make sure you have an extra battery or a charger for each device, including a car charger.
Be a movie director using your smartphone
This New York Times piece, although geared to people wishing to take better home movies, offers a good primer on how to shoot video with a cellphone, including free apps (if you don’t have iMovie or you have an Android phone) you can use to edit it.
4 guidelines for writing SEO headlines
This piece from Poynter, a journalism think tank, describes how content producers can grab eyeballs – and clicks – by writing headlines aimed at maximizing exposure on search engines.