So on Thursdays we usually have a lecture followed by a seminar on News and Features, this week however we were welcomed in class with a guest lecturer which was very exciting. Stephen Quinn had come to speak to us about MOJO, for those of you who are not familiar with the term, I know I wasn’t when I first heard it, it stands for Mobile Journalism. Yes, journalism done entirely through an iPhone, crazy huh?!
Mobile Journalism is not something that everyone is familiar with because it is still so new. This lecture lead by Stephen was therefore very exciting for us all as it was something different to the standard lecture we usually have to sit through and try not to fall asleep in. Silence spread across the room as everyone was listening to what this man had to say, he introduced us to a new form of news reporting and as aspiring journalists we were instantly hooked.
Here is some information that I have learnt from this lecture, whether you are a student, a student studying journalism, someone who is thinking of studying journalism or even if you are not a student and you don’t care for journalism I still think you will find this very interesting and eye opening.
So what is MOJO?
Mobile journalism is a new form of storytelling through the use of electronic devices such as iPhones. Reporters use iPhones with wifi or network connectivity to gather, edit and distribute news from where they are at, this maybe be anywhere in the world.
Well, the answer is very simple, when something is happening they simply record the footage, get that crucial interview, capture some interesting things such as sights, events, places, and then edit! It’s as simple as that. Of course, the editing process of it and how to conduct an interview isn’t that simple as you need some basic training at least in both however, that doesn’t mean that an average person like you and me wouldn’t be able to do it right now!! All you need is a phone, a mic, and iMovie! Practice makes perfect so with trial and error you can achieve wonders!
The lecture with Stephen was followed by a seminar where he had given us tips on how to film the footage and how to record it, and from anywhere in the world that is possible! As long as you have a good story to tell you can sell it to any news organization. Having the skills of MOJO puts journalists at an advantage to other journalists as not many people have discovered it or know enough about it!
Where to start?
If you are really passionate about journalism you can start right away, going out into the city or your local community centers, anywhere, and looking for stories is a start in itself. If you love to travel then find somewhere that is not documented, that not many people know about and give it some coverage, film a secret holiday destination that isn’t quiet a holiday destination because not many people know about it, find out what is so special there, talk to the locals, film, edit and there you have it! A story!
A little more on Stephen Quinn.
He was a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist, a TV and radio producer, and radio writer in Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and New Zealand from 1975 to 1995. At various times Dr Quinn has worked for regional newspapers in Australia; the Bangkok Post; the UK Press Association, BBC-TV, Independent Television News and The Guardian in London; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney; and Television New Zealand. He also worked as a producer for the Middle East Broadcasting Centre in Dubai in 2002-03.
Being able to sit in a lecture with this man has inspired me to work harder than ever to get to where I want to be, I have since been reading up on MOJO and have really become interested in it!
Some of Stephens books that he recommended for us to read are:
‘MOJO: Mobile Journalism handbook – How to make broadcast videos with an iPhone or iPad.’ – Stephen Quinn and Ivo Burum.
‘MOJO: Mobile Journalism in the Asian region’ – Stephen Quinn.
I hoped that you enjoyed this little insight into what my lectures look like although they aren’t always this exciting but when they are it’s brilliant! University definitely educates but not in the academic sense, yes I know it fills you with knowledge and makes you somewhat “smart” but it is more than that! University makes you more aware of the world and makes you more inquisitive and curious meaning that you develop as a person, you grow into yourself and find out what you really want and how to get there, so I definitely recommend giving further studying a try if you’re on the fence about it, what’s the worst that can happen? You can always drop out but at least you know you’ve given it a go!