Why mobile journalism might be good for you?
"The 6 reasons for going MOJO according to Shoulderpod"
Probably you already know how to use the video-camera on your smartphone and if you are a journalist, probably you will also know how to tell a compelling story. Smartphones broke most of the technological barriers that used to exist between your stories and your audience, and turning video production into something anyone can do with in only a few hours of training and some practice.
Be the first to broadcast a breaking news or event. Other media will have to arrange a full broadcast crew, make sure all the equipment is available, get there and set up everything . A MoJo only needs to pick his backpack, get there, and start broadcasting.
Mobile Journalists can be unnoticed thanks to their small equipment. Smartphones are not perceived as press cameras so you will be able to shoot stories in places where standard video journalists would never dare to be.
Having a light and small equipments that fit in a small messenger bag is a great advantage for getting closer to some stories. Big cameras with extra lightning and sound equipments are simply too big to get into some places. No matter if it is a conference hall, a plane or a cave, pick up your mobile gear and tell the story to your audience.
People are less intimidated when being interviewed with a phone than with a big camera. It is much more discreet, less intrusive, and more familiar, so people just tend to be more sincere and more open as a result. Break barriers between your audience and the story by going mobile.
Mobile Journalism can help you or your organization save costs. This is not only at the moment of buying new equipment, but also when training personnel or maintaining your gear. One of the reasons why mobile journalism is growing so fast is the impact on the bottom line for freelance journos, medium production companies, or large broadcasting corporations.