Mobile phone journalism- other wise known as Mojo! Is a new procedure sweeping the journalism industry, it involves ditching the normal bulky cam equipment favoured by most, and picking up a rucksack on your way to the job. Dougal Shaw, BBC news video journalist and guest speaker at the NCTJ talk at Portsmouth University last week, has just completed a month long ‘mojo-diet’. He gave the room an in depth ‘masterclass’ on the topic, and from this I’ve gleamed together his 6 main reasons for getting involved with Mojo’ing.
You’re always prepared- you’re part of the new breed of journalism, it only takes a small bag, no bulky multiple carry cases;
Light-weight tripod, clip on boom mic and a larger zoom lens are good things to invest in, and they don’t take up much space!!
It’s pocket-to-pocket journalism, you take the picture or the film, then on your way home or back to the office you can easily edit it on the go!
No hanging around or wasting time, plug your Iphone into your IMac, or just use n editing app.
You can easily create all sorts of different angles using your tripod- it’s far more versatile than a large camera.
A simple lift of the arm, using an extending tripod can give you a ‘drone-like’ view over the area you’re filming, it’s also space saving and can tuck into a corner. Different updates and apps can provide slow-mo add ons.
It’s fantastic quality, the average Iphone 5 onward can create beautiful and high quality images.
The Iphone 6 actually films in 4k high resolution, which in most cases is a better quality than the usual camera.
Anyone can do it! It creates a cheaper option for a freelancer, looking to get involved in the industry.
Most people own a fairly decent smart phone, and it’s as simple as that. Of course attachments can be purchased to increase the sound quality, battery life and general elegance of the recording process. But it’s a cheap alternative for a breaking out journalist, Vlogger or freelancer.
It’s informal and creates a better relationship with the story giver and the reporter.
It’s not overwhelming or ‘in your face. There’s no looming camera over your shoulder making things awkward or uncomfortable, it creates an equality with your subject. It makes journalism empowering, no fancy hi-tech equipment creating a barrier between the average person and the reporter.