Going Mobile ( Chapter 5 – Briggs)


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.


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