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The Journalist's Tool Chest | Mobile News Gathering

Posted By: Liana Miller
Posted On: May 06, 2013
Category: The Journalist's Tool Chest

Journalist's ToolchestRay Meese, Ventura County Star’s Visuals Editor first caught my attention earlier this year when I read about how he was using his iPhone to capture news. Since then, Meese and the reporting team at the Ventura County Star have taken mobile news gathering to new heights resulting in innovative breaking news coverage. For Meese, the iPhone is but one storytelling tool (it’s not replacing digital SLRs and video cameras); but, it’s given the Star’s newsroom the ability to cover breaking news more quickly. What you need to know:

1) With smartphones, such as the iPhone, reporters now have the ability to transmit information almost instantaneously and remotely. This greatly enhances their ability to not only cover breaking news, but stories they might not otherwise have covered from hyper local locations.

2) With slight modification and adaptation, a single reporter can create their own mobile newsroom with available technologies – any where and at any time. Meese, for example, has outfitted the Ventura County Star’s newsroom with a cadre of modified iPhones just for this purpose, creating probably the largest mobile newsroom in a local daily newspaper. Better microphones result in more opportunity for “voices” – not just visuals – in the story. Special tripods add stabilization. Editing can be done in the field. And, images / footage can be transmitted from anywhere there is connectivity.

3) The implication is that a news outlet can get a breaking news story up on a website as quickly as it gets into the newsroom. Stories can be reported iteratively and updated on the fly. Most importantly, for the news outlet, readers and viewers begin to trust and know that they will get the latest update from a trusted source.

J-Schools Incubating New Media Businesses

Posted By: Liana Miller
Posted On: May 07, 2013
Category: PR

According to MediaShift, J-schools around the country are giving journalism and communications students a new environment to incubate their ideas, which is resulting in a new crop of new media businesses.  The fruits of their labor are beginning to show up in the marketplace -- some to great acclaim. The next generation of journalists are evolving the traditional media space in every way -- from immersive journalismn to mobile news app gathering.  

One of the most successful to debut is Narratively, a digital storytelling platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories about New York.  With a community of 350 writers, illustrators, photographers and filmmakers producing content for the site, Narratively "slows down the news cycle" and uses a distinct "human-first" reporting style that mainstream media just do not have the time, resources or liberty to pursue. The site was recently named to Time Magazine's "50 Best Websites of 2013."  

Another venture incubated in the classroom is nerv, a mobile app that pulls in Twitter posts about four different cities -- Austin, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Boston -- and three different topic areas -- news, culture and nightlife.  The app is designed to help consumers find the most credible, informative Twitter feeds by aggregating legitimate news sources into one place.  While there is a very appealing convenience factor to this app, it will be most interesting to see how it reports and feeds breaking news stories.