How to maximize your mobile video stories

In the words of James Harding, BBC’s news director, the age of mobile video is upon us.  So, how are they responding at the “Beeb?” With an understanding of audience demands, according to Nathalie Malinarich, editor for mobile and new formats. “You really need to grab people immediately,” says Malinarich. “If they don’t like it, they’re going to …

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What mobile journalism should be and why it isn’t

“We’re doing mobile journalism wrong.” Judd Slivka teaches mobile journalism at the University of Missouri and says he’s tested more than 700 apps in the process. So, why is this mobile evangelist down on mobile news gathering as it’s done today? “We’re trying to use the tools to create TV packages, what used to work …

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How to write a mobile news story

According to research from the Nielsen Norman Group, it may be nearly twice as hard to comprehend information you consume on a smartphone-sized mobile device. The limited amount of information displayed on the screen requires users to remember more as they move from screen to screen. In addition, the act of scrolling is a distraction, …

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How newsrooms should be using wearables

When it comes to news gathering, USC’s Robert Hernandez says mobile phones just aren’t fast enough. Hernandez, who says he “hijacks tech for journalism,” is looking to wearables as a catalyst for the next big change in the news business. “It’s not the device, it’s the content,” said Hernandez. “It’s actually the content optimized for …

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App makes creating mobile video faster, easier for TV reporter

Reporting a story on social media as it happens is one more task that reporters like Beth Parker at Fox 5 DC have to work into their days. Parker recently covered the aftermath of a storm that brought a tree down on top of the home of a blind woman. Parker got to the scene …

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Mobile newsgathering works for covering winter storms

When ice covers the roads, it can be just as hard for news crews to get around as it is for the general public.  So, reporter Margaret Ann Morgan and some of her colleagues at Raycom-owned WDAM in Hattiesburg, Miss. got serious about newsgathering with their smartphones during their recent encounter with winter. “Last week …

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How mobile changes a broadcast reporter’s day

The need for mobile skills among broadcast journalists has gone through the roof.  In research from 2010, just 2% of TV job postings mentioned mobile — by the end of 2012, mobile skills were referenced in about 27% of job ads.  For those who aren’t good at math, that’s about a 1200% increase in two …

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How reporters use mobile newsgathering

Think Web first. A sign with those three simple words hangs in the Raycom-owned WDAM-TV newsroom in Hattiesburg, Miss. The idea is to remind reporters, producers and everyone else to push to Web, and smartphones make that job much easier. Reporter Rachel Beech is perhaps the best example of someone who thinks Web first, and …

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Better smartphone photos

Sometimes somebody just says it so well, that you feel like sharing it, right?  So, check out this summary of a post on Mashable, that explores the best features of the photo app, Camera+.  Or better yet, watch the 2:00 tutorial by clicking on the image below. The “Clarity” filter on the app is a …

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Top journalism skills in 2012

So, it may seen a little arrogant to assume that our blog can act as a barometer of the journalism industry, but what the heck. If you look at the five most viewed posts of 2012, it seems reasonable to me to make the following assumptions: The fundamentals still matter.  The No. 1 post on …

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