Thursday, 08 July 2010 12:09

Mo-jo to the rescue?

Written by  Steven Adesemoye

Mobile journalism, also known as mo-jo, has been identified as another virile platform to be considered in teaching modern journalism in the 21st century.

This was the submission of the syndicate group that discussed teaching and learning processes for JEs in the just concluded WJEC Congress which was held between Monday, 5th and Wednesday, 7th July, 2010 at the Rhodes University School of Journalism, Grahamstown.

According to the expert of the session Stephen Quinn, mobile journalism, otherwise known as cellphone journalism, is the gathering of news through mobile phone which could include sound bites, still pictures, video.

According to Stephen, the concept of mobile journalism is different from ‘backpack’ journalism which deals with mobility of a journalist, and also different from citizen journalism but it could encourage the latter.

Though, there were arguments on the credibility of , news reportage, style of news ,quality of picture and depth of stories, but it was agreed upon that getting, breaking or spot news is the primary objective of the concept, further investigative journalism or follow ups could be done on such stories.

However, it was a general consensus of the group that, basic journalism training, ethics and law should be married with teaching of mobile journalism to ensure quality news reportage.

Stephen suggested that the following services could be used freely for the practice of mo-jo: qik.com, kyte.com, bambuster.com, shozu.com, livestream.com, flixwagon.com, etc, while vericorder.com ranges between 5 to 25 USD.

For further readings on MOJO, visit; www.mojoevolution.com and www.globalmojo.org.

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