Mobile reporting or multi-platform mobile journalism is the most immediate and avant-garde form of journalism for television. Naturally it is due to financial pressure, but also to a technological evolution pushes this form of work. The speed of news today requires the use of the smartphone as the main tool. This digital reporter replaces an inflated and slow infrastructure of classical coverage. In this tutorial you will know the current state of this field of journalism, but beyond office and knowing the latest technical possibilities you have to contribute something: desire to experience, dedication and curiosity.
The advantages of mobile journalism are obvious: by becoming independent of satellite lines with the uncomfortable infrastructure of having to deal with operators, cameramen and ENG trucks, the journalist can get closer to the news, worth for connections or filming. Of course, long-lasting reports are not considered within this new format, for slower products, the telephone and the mobile reporter are not the ideal combination, although it is possible to perform news stories, reports and profiles, the classics of hard news on television. This type of work also entails a high workload of the versatile journalist, to coordinate the technical issues and be informed at the same time is pure juggling and should be considered when planning the coverage. In fact, you will and you should work less time and with more staff on site, but it would be still cheaper as to report classically anyway.
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Reality goes faster than the definitions, at the moment the journalist reporter of images, or JRI by its acronym in French (of Journalist Reporter d’Images), is understood like a journalist of television or of agency of image-video that works individually. At the moment France is the only country that officially recognizes this journalistic specialty, but the modus operandi already applies it to many television channels in the world. In English it is known like video journalist, abbreviated like VJ or SoJo (of solo journalist).
Especially in the news field, speed requires a more immediate way of reporting. In this tutorial we will consider several aspects of digital reporting. What equipment and what apps are recommended? How to face the situation of Breaking News? Which platforms should be prioritized and when? In the following tutorial you will learn the most axiomatic to work from a light infrastructure. And while everything changes something prevails: the aim to maintain the quality of the product or even improving it, using this fresh approach to news making.
The structure of the tutorial
Filming with the cell phone does not mean abandoning the classic parameters, that’s what we’ll talk about in the third chapter. Previously we will discover the state of the art hardware and software of the digital reporter. Already in the fourth chapter we go directly to the streets, to real experiences. There you will find a series of recommendations to apply the new technologies and to minimize the risks that this entails. But … do not go out on the street without having ordered your platforms and the periphery. Yes, you are a soldier in the front line, but it’s no good if they do not protect you on your periphery. Leaving everything ‘tied up’ and planned all the production before going out is as important as the work in the place. Finally we will focus on social media, for many old-school journalists a modern appendage of their work, in 2017 actually one of the most important parts. Finally, we leave you seven rules for your reporter to meet the expectations of your editorial staff and users. Start the tutorial and check the equipment with which you can record in broadcast quality in the gear chapter.