Mobile Reporting: How you can to

With the integration of the internet into our daily lives over the course of the last two decades, journalists have had to adapt to an ever changing and ready news stream. Mobile reporting is just that. Journalists (most) have taken the challenge of using smartphones to produce their stories and work. Mobile reporting is reporting that is being done by journalists mostly on their phones, if not at all the time. There are sub-divisions of mobile reporting, consisting of the one journalists who spends every second of his job traveling from place to place, covering stories, editing them, and publishing all throughout various regions in a day. Mobile reporting lends itself to those journalists that don’t want to wait at their desk all day waiting for a story to find its way to them.

When news reporting of not to long ago focused on breaking news coverage, mobile reporting has taken that phrase and enhanced it to beyond belief. Not only is it breaking news, it is immediate news. People are constantly wanting and demanding the latest about what is going on around them, so journalists go out searching for any story. Breaking news that would only be seen the next morning is now live tweeted about as the action unfolds.

To be able to cover something from anywhere is possible thanks to smartphones. And unless you truly want to carry all the equipment you would need for reporting a regular story, mobile reporting only truly calls for a smartphone. A phone has the capabilities to record a video or take photos. You can also write out your stories all through an app or in memos. This one device replaces having to carry around a laptop, camera, tripod, phone, etc.

This convenience has made it easier for everyday citizens to also serve as journalists for news agency through crowd-sourcing. Professional news agencies utilize mobile reporting done by people and either use footage that was recorded or stories in their entirety. CNN specifically does a good job of this through their iReport app, where users report on the things that are happening around them almost entirely on their phones.

Although writing the perfect story is still possible when you lug around a tons worth of equipment, the simplicity of having a front page story in the palm of your hand is still something worth wrapping your head around.


#SHUTransition: How a hashtag can tarnish a legacy

#SHUTransition was the hashtag that guided our conversation over the weekend, but it can easily be seen as a means to drive communication throughout the whole campus. Using Twitter Chat opens up a new door for a community, whether as small as our class or as large as our student body, to discuss a certain issue. Being able to talk about Dr. Esteban’s departure among ourselves allowed to see where everyone stood on the situation. Seton Hall decided to limit where the news of the transition was seen, but if they had used the resources they had available to them, like Twitter and chat, they could have done a far better job of not only announcing his departure but also dealing with the backlash

Tweets posted during the chat:

Two favorite tweets from the chat:

Brittany identified the simplest action Seton Hall could have taken in order to address the transition. Having Dr. Esteban personally answer community questions from the Twitter directly would have in a lot of ways defused the backlash. Brittany is undeniably correct in saying that not only would Dr. Esteban seem more personable, but so would the university.

Marianne’s tweets plays well off of Brittany’s as well. The lack of transparency on any front was disappointing. As students one of the first things we think about the situation is that this news must have been known by many within the administration. So with time and preparation on their side why did Seton Hall present the news as if they had no knowledge of it? The roll out was done in an inefficient manner. And I think that along with the delay when compared to DePaul is what really angered the community.

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