Going Mobile ( Chapter 5 – Briggs)

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In chapter 5 of JournalismNEXT, Briggs talks about the evolution of journalism through mobile capabilities and technology. Throughout the reading, we are introduced to the newly developed uses of mobile journalism. In addition, Briggs provides information on the equipment needed for mobile reporting, how to use mobile publishing services, and how mobile reporting correlates with various professional news organizations.

Mobile reporting was bound to happen, simply because it is entirely too convenient. With the constant increase in freelance bloggers and journalist, there is also a rise in mobile reporting. According to a report from the American Life Project, about half of Americans of all ages own smartphones. Ultimately, this means that any number of people could randomly see and record a newsworthy event. This is great for professional journalists or other news outlets, because footage can be made useful without having to actually go out in the field.

Technology has gotten so advanced that according to Briggs, it is possible to do all of your mobile reporting with one device. With a smartphone one is able to record, take photos, and publish to the Web in an instant. Briggs believes that mobile reporting is best done for criminal and civil trials, important speeches and announcements, breaking news events, public gatherings, and sporting events. As you can see, there are numerous options available for mobilized reporting. Likewise, advantages consist of having little to no equipment to carry, as well as quick publishing of the regarded material.

“It is important to remember, however, that the journalism should come first, the technology second” (Briggs 121).  Continuing through the chapter, Briggs discusses the evolution of journalism through mobile capabilities and technology. It is important to understand that mobile reporting cannot replace traditional journalism. In essence, mobile reporting is only a means to an end, a tool if you will. An example would be to use mobile reporting to help you make mental notes, are publish live footage. With the Internet constantly evolving, we also can see a shift in social media uses and consumption. With that being said, micro-blogging and mobile reporting work hand and hand. Sites like Twitter and Tumblr, are great for posting snippets of a news story. As a result, once you have caught your audiences’ attention, they are likely to click on your post in order to find the full-length story.

According to publisher, Paul Bradshaw, mobile reporting gives journalists the opportunity to physically be where the events are actually happening .Also, the more mobile reporting that is done, the easier it is to inform and connect people from across the globe. In addition, mobile reporting creates an easy accessible way for gathering news stories, and sources. Lastly, mobile reporting is an important attribute that continues to grow throughout the world and should be adequately utilized.

Micro-blogging

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In chapter 4, we are introduced to the world of micro-blogging and its attributes. While reading through this chapter I was able to learn about why micro-blogging is important, and how I can use it as a tool for success. Briggs adequately presents his views on micro-blogging and its uses through popular sites like Twitter.

What is micro-blogging? According to Briggs, micro-blogging is a service that creates ways for users to publish brief messages (usually 140 characters or less) with links to other media sites. An example of this is like posting a link to your favorite song on Facebook. You’re able to not only post your song link, but you can also write something about it. The idea of “ambient awareness” or “ambient intimacy,” is one that is centered on the ability to maintain a connection with someone without a phone or email.

Contrary to belief, there are many professionals that consider Twitter as a useful tool. For journalist, the main benefits of micro-blogging are learning about your audiences. With learning more about “the people,” you are able to somewhat better understand their preferences and dislikes. Briggs also explains that micro-blogging is a great way for professional journalist to gain feedback on their work. Marshall Kirkpatrick from ReadWriteWeb, even provided his opinion by discussing how micro-blogging is great for performing public interviews. This tool is one that helps build community, spread breaking news, and market brands.

Lastly, micro-blogging is a great resource that journalist can use to build their following. In addition, this tool can be used to help track down other sources and stories that are constantly streaming online. There is an enormous community that exists on the Web, and these individuals are always searching for something that catches their attention. As a result of micro-blogging, even local news is considered world news due to social platforms.

Chapter 3 Briggs

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According to Briggs, Chapter 3 is about using technology as a way to knock down the many obstacles journalist goes through everyday, and with technology comes more news reporting methods. In Chapter 3, Briggs begins to go more in depth about crowdsourcing, open-source reporting, and pro-am journalism

Crowdsourcing focuses on obtaining information and ideas from a large group of individuals in order to solve any number of questions or problems. In journalism, crowdsourcing helps to unravel solutions by answering specific issues or questions to improve a service or idea. Sites like “Talking Points Memo,” and “Public Insight Network,” have thousands of people that provide informational contributions to the public. This helps social platforms target different groups of people in order to solve problems. Likewise, I find it interesting that companies like Amazon.com and InnoCentive, hire people to do crowdsourcing. According to Briggs, the pay is usually low but companies provide certain tasks for freelance individuals to solve company complications.

Open-source reporting is important because it allows for audience feedback. With feedback it is possible to gain different insights and perspectives. The main purpose of open source reporting is to get viewers and readers to participate. According to Briggs, this type of reporting can provide benefits for both the reporter and the audience. The benefits being that open source reporting can open up an entire separate community of people with different opinions and useful data. As for pro-am journalism, this is journalism that is structured around the audience and them being able to publish pieces on the same social platforms that professional journalist use. The point of this is to help create a deeper line of coverage that journalist couldn’t provide on his or her own. With more people researching the story, comes much more broader results of information.

By reading Chapter 3, I was able to learn more about the different aspects of journalism and how to use them to my advantage. I have learned about using blogs for crowdsourcing, how important links are, as well as viewed examples of crowd-powered collaboration. Lastly, I learned that print is still an important source of news and is still greatly appreciated today. Over the years, newspapers have also built great relationships with their audiences and have strived to strengthen their community. As a result, Newspapers and their networks are excellent contributors to crowd-source, open source, and pro-am reporting.