Archive for September, 2010

A mojo reporter (mojo) uses only a mobile phone to distribute and report on news. A video journalist (VJ) has more equipment and is more like a traditional journalist. Mojo and VJ have fundamentally changed the traditionally media industry. (via Stephen Quinn)

Here is an interview with Deakin academic and chair of this unit Stephen Quinn, discussing mobile journalism’s use

Throughout my three years as a media student, I have enjoyed watching traditional media adapt to the new mojo technology and the exponential growth of citizen journalism.

I hope that in this new media environment where the problem is information overload, journalists will look to news values to determine which stories are worth reporting. I believe that news values are timeless and identify what truly deserves to be reported on.

YouTube has a website for aspiring reporters. It has many videos of essential information for journalists.

Eg. Katie Couric discussing how to conduct a good interview:

I have observed that with the invent of social media, people are increasingly valuing human interest, as human’s have a need for connection. Increasing use of technology is decreasing the amount of human interaction in day to day life.

As Kevin Sites of the Hot Zone said in this video “YouTube is a democratising source of information.”

This reinforces my thought that social media is humanising the news environment and that public discourse is no longer dictated by the media.

I’ll leave you with an example of a citizen journalist beating traditional media in breaking a story. In the following Steve Garfield beat CNN to a scoop on US politician Duncan Hunter. I love Steve’s pure enthusiasm.


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