Mobile Reporting Blog Post 2/28

Mobile reporting is the ability to step away from the typical journalist’s desk and connect with your audience any where and any time. With either a laptop or a smartphone, a journalist can post instant updates about developing news and give his or her audience an inside look into a specific event.

For mobile reporting, typically larger events tend to be more successful. From a commencement, program, or even the grand opening of a store across the street, mobile reporting allows you to write in the “now” and elaborate later. With microblogging sites such as Twitter, it has become easier than ever to share information; in fact, more people get their news from “mojos” (mobile journalists) and their subsequent media outlets on social media. Breaking news stories especially lend themselves to mobile reporting — mobile reporting is the quickest and fastest way to get information out (and its all in the palm of your hand).

The more elaborate approaches to mobile reporting can incorporate anything from a computer, laptop, and even a detachable blue-tooth keyboard. While the reading did not explicitly recommend a mobile hot spot, having access to internet connectivity wherever you are is definitely something to take into consideration as a journalist. Other tools “mojos” can use in the field can range from a legal pad to a handheld recorder — while technology certainly has its benefits, it does not do any favors when it stops working. By taking along those typical tools of journalism, you can be ready for anything from short 140 character Tweets to little snip-its of details for a longer article written over the next two days.

As the Internet (and thus mobile platforms) have evolved over the years, news agencies have reacted and adjusted to the shift just the same. CNN in particular uses its mobile platforms as a way to push news updates more easily to its readers. With their application, they are able to push one or two sentences summarizing an event. With their social media accounts and Twitter, they are able to link to larger articles and update new information regularly — this mobile outreach also supports and provides an extra traffic source to CNN’s landing/home page. A news agency’s home page is certainly not dead: it’s just feed by a different source.

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