Going mobile

MoJo, or mobile journalism, is the latest trend to hit the media scene. Essentially, new smart phone capabilities  accessed via the Android or iPhone are suddenly replacing the traditional media kit used by journalists in years past. For instance, in the new media age there are two types of journalists — the gearheads and the light packers.

Gearheads are those individuals who are so enthralled with new media that they feel the need to carry it on their person, almost all of the time. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Laptops
  • Internet Connection
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
  • Tripod
  • Audio Recorder
  • Headphones
  • Microphone
  • Cell Phone

All a light packer needs is a smart phone, which is capable doing all of the above functions in a single piece of equipment – and in today’s age, functionality and cross-platform capabilities are key.

The only thing to keep in mind is that mobile journalism should be an accessory to a larger, more researched piece. This gives readers the capability to not only be updated on facts, but additionally allows commentary and further research after the event has occurred.