Archive for the ‘Reporting Tools’ Category

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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As I briefly discussed last week, journalist’s are using twitter.

Here is a diagram of the part twitter currently plays in journalist’s reporting:

(via dandrewing)

Twitter is useful because breaking news can be released instantly into the public sphere, and then the explanatory and background story can be updated and shared via twitter as details become available.

The most useful tip provided by Mashable on “The Journalist’s Guide To Twitter” is:

Do: Treat your Tweets like a microblog. Consider whether your readers would care about something before you belch it out to the wider world.

I have seen many boring tweets posted. It is easy to click “unfollow” and users fast learn that if they do not post interesting content, their followers will no longer follow.

I would like to add (an obvious yet necessary) do to the Mashable list.

Do: Think before you click “tweet”. All tweets are cached by search engines, have a cyber trail and may have been retweeted.

Westpac is an example of a corporate organisation who did not appear to be alert one (seemingly long) day. One of their communication team tweeted “Oh so very over it today” whilst signed into the Westpac twitter page. They most likely thought they were signed into their own twitter profile, yet before they noticed and had a chance to delete the tweet it was screen grabbed and retweeted over 100 times.

Six months later, there is still proof of the mistake on mumbrella, which is evidence of the long trail any cyber mistake can leave behind.

(img via mumbrella)

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In this new media age, journalists must navigate the various communication platforms on the internet.

The following are the new (and free) journalism tools I believe are the most important for reporting, today and in the future.


(via Specht)

I like twitter because it allows me to customise the information that I want to be alerted to, and alerts me to trends in public discourse. It also allows me to create specific lists that follow people who discuss my interests, including Australian fashion, Australian politics and my favourite music artists.

It is for these reasons that journalists must be using twitter – to alert them to trends, monitor developments and most importantly, up to the minute news in their area of reporting.

Google Tools

Google’s mail system – gmail is an easy and free way for journalists to keep track of emails on one easy to access chain and makes keeping track of information from sources simple. Tags can also be added to group information for stories together.

Google alerts are a free way to monitor subjects on the internet. You can choose to receive information on the key words you choose at various time intervals, or as soon as they appear.

The common thread in the above tools I have listed is ease of use and instant information. I believe journalists must use these simple tools to ensure they are alerted to the information they require as soon as it appears in cyberspace, and most importantly – whilst it is still newsworthy.

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