SPJ’s Got the ‘Mojo’

Members explored mobile journalism, or ‘mojo’ as it is commonly referred to, at October 9th’s SPJ meeting.

To put it simply, mobile journalism is journalism on the go. And when journalists are on the go, they cannot always have a video or team or production crew by their side. So, in many cases, they end up using their own smart phone.

A video that SPJ presented on Tuesday showed students a step-by-step guide on how to completely shoot and edit a video, using nothing but a smartphone.

The apps used were:

  • iMovie-  $4.99 in the app store
  • FiLMiCPro-  $3.99 in the app store

There are also a number of versatile stands that can assist mobile journalists in trying to get the perfect shot. The stand that SPJ emphasized the most was the one with legs that can both stand erect or bend. This comes in handy when a journalist is trying to take a photo or video of him or herself.

There are many tools and tricks that journalists canuse along the path of mobile journalist, but the most important thing to remember is to work with what you’ve got.

A copy of the presentation can be seen here!

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