What role is MOJO playing in journalism in the 21st century?

‘Mobile phones allow citizens and journalists to report the news whenever it happens’ – MOJO: The mobile journalism handbook.

Once the proper training is given and journalistic skills are acquired any individual can generate a news story using MOJO.

In the 21st century MOJO is playing a role in reaching out to remote communities and underdeveloped countries. It provides them with the chance to report their news and get their stories out to the rest of the world for consumption.

Here is an example of a MOJO created in the NT Australia:

And here is one created in a third world country:

 

These two videos show that with MOJO everyone with the skills needed to produce a MOJO has a chance to have a voice – even minority groups or underprivileged people.

PROS OF MOJO:

  1. MOJO kit is low cost compared to a traditional journalism kit and much more convenient to move around with:

TRADITIONAL JOURNALISM KIT:

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MOJO KIT:

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  1. Can film discreetly, anywhere at anytime
  1. Rising number of people who own/use smartphones

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  1. Record, edit, distribute all with one device

These pros mean that MOJO is perfect for 21st century journalism: not only can journalists get their hands on news, in video form, that they could not before they can also instantly report the news to the masses.

With MOJO’s ability to record and edit anywhere in the world, and to post to the Internet in a growing number of places around the globe it will play a trivial role in the 21st century by delivering all kinds of news stories to anyone and everyone.

 

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What’s the potential for citizen journalism in today’s multi-platform communication environment?

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Citizen journalism has a place in today’s multiplatform communication environment.

 Citizen journalism – ‘the involvement of non professionals reporting news, especially in blogs and other websites’ – Dictionary.com

It will not replace traditional journalism but it will have a role in providing people with updated and detailed news.

Traditional journalism will continue to only print and report factual and ethical stories with valid sources; this will give it an edge over citizen journalism. People will see traditional journalism as a more reliable and trustworthy approach to journalism.

Citizen journalism can provide people with very current news – almost anyone with a smartphone can capture a photo or film a video and if they have an internet connection – which is likely in most ‘first world’ countries – they can instantly post their footage online. With sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter this footage has the potential to ‘go viral’ very quickly.

Go viral – ‘(of a video, image, story, etc) to spread quickly and widely among internet users via social networking sites, e-mail, etc’ – Collins dictionary 

This is where citizen journalism can be very useful: it can get the information out to the public almost instantly. Whereas, traditional journalists may take some time to put together a story but when they do it will be much more factual and effective in getting accurate news across to the public.

What is happening to old models of journalism?

Some people argue that print media will never die. When news was presented on the radio people were still happy to purchase newspapers. Even when television provided a way for news to be delivered people still went out to buy their particular newspaper. TV and Radio were both limited to certain time slots, only presenting priority news, and presenting for majorities over minorities. Newspapers had an edge that the radio and TV could not provide – in depth articles on every issue that journalists could get their hands on. But with the introduction of digital media and the availability of Internet always growing there has been a drop in the circulation of newspapers and an increase in the amount of people turning to digital news.

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Even with these newspaper sale drops the majority of papers are still read in print form over electronic form.

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Only The Age and The Sydney Moring Herald (both Fairfax papers) have a higher online readership than print readership.

It is through digital media that organisations generate most of their revenue. This graph shows that revenue generated by online media is increasing greatly and in contrast revenue generated by print is slowly falling, as too is revenue generated from Television.

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If journalism organisations are to maintain their revenue they will need to consider the best way to generate it and phasing out print media and moving to online platforms may be the best way to do this.