Mobile Journalism = When journalists use their mobile phones to tell news stories.
What You’ll Need
- Phone: This is what you’ll be using.
- Another Battery: Live tweeting, recording, editing and everything to do with mojo can drain the phone’s battery very easily. The Anker Astro Mini 3200mAh (the battery in the photo) is a good one to have on standby.
- Microphone & Extension Lead: This will help improve sound quality, which is very important, as it’s the key to good mojo. The Røde Smartlav+ (in the picture) were specifically made for smartphones.
- Input/Output Device: The Røde SC6 (in the picture) can help when you’re recording an interview with 2 people. You can plug two microphones in it and it acts as a splitter by recording both microphones at the same time and balance the sound nicely.
- Tripod mount: The Jobo Griptight (in the picture) can help capture great images and videos.
Before You Start
Put Your Phone On Airplane Mode: This stops calls and pop up notifications (whatsapp messages, instagram notifications etc) which will be a distraction especially if you’re livestreaming.
Clean Your Lens: Dust can affect how your images come out.
Hold your phone horizontally so your phone’s home button is on the right hand-side: This prevents you from accidentally shooting upside down
Take A Second Each Time To Lock Focus And Exposure: Your phone can shift focus automatically, and that can make your shot look unsettled.
Make Sure You Have A Tripod: To keep your phone stable.
Before You Start A Livestream: 7 Things To Remember
1). Safety: Pay attention to your surroundings – things can change around you and that can easily cost you your life e.g you may forget to look on either side of the road and get his by a vehicle – many other things could happen.
NB: Also regarding safety, when livestreaming, turn off your location.
2). Privacy: Be mindful because you cannot just film and broadcast anyone walking on the street, as you’d need their consent to do that, especially if it’s a celebrity.
3). Ethics: Think about when to and when not to livestream e.g in a war, you don’t know what can happen next: someone might get shot and you as a journalist have just exposed viewers to such content.
4). Copyright: If you’re filming and music is playing in the background, you’re at great risk.
5). Trolling: Be prepared for it.
6). Reputational Risk: E.g you might start a livestream and inform viewers of something taking part near you like an event and find out the event has actually ended or was cancelled without your knowledge. You can easily lose their trust this way and damage your rep.
7). Emotional Trauma: Again going back to war, be careful where and when you livestream. You might livestream and show body parts of dead victims by mistake and because viewers weren’t expecting to see this, they might get traumatised.
- If you’re holding the phone in your hands during filming, make sure your hands aren’t blocking the microphone.
- If you’re recording in a loud environment and have no external microphone, get some headphones – they can make a huge difference.
Before You Leave
- When it comes to recording interviews, watch them back there and then on location.
- Listen back to them while your interviewee is still standing in front of the camera and still might talk.
- Check the audio and just check to make sure that the interview shot looks ok.