Mobile Journalism is an emerging form of new media storytelling where journalists use smart phones and devices to gather, edit and distribute news and feature stories. It is sometimes known as MOJO (Mobile Journalism).
Some of the apps I use on my iPhone include: FiLMiC Pro to film, 8mm, iTimelapse and Pinnacle Studio to edit. Here’s an example of a MOJO piece I did about a Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Russborough House in Wicklow.
Another smart device app I would recommend is Stop Motion. Stop Motion is, as its name suggests, an app for producing stop motion films. Used imaginatively it can be a great tool for telling a story in a unique way.
An example of a time I used this app was under pressure with limited resources – I wanted to enter a New Media category in my local film and TV festival but I had very little free time and resources so using the Stop Motion App and my collection of fridge magnets I wrote and produced the following short. It won Special Commendation at the Sky Road TV & Film Festival 2014:
Finally, another great way to bring all elements of MOJO together and tell a multimedia story is through using the Storehouse app. Storehouse allows you to use photos, text and video to tell your story. Dillisk is a multimedia story I produced on my iPad using the Storehouse app.
Dillisk – a culinary adventure in Connemara
Last summer I spent a day with a MOJO kit filming at a temporary restaurant in Connemara called Dillisk. This was a food project run by Katie Sanderson and Jasper O’Connor – it was a temporary restaurant based in a converted boat shed on the remote but stunning Aughrusbeg peninsula in Connemara.
The tasting menu served the best produce the locality had to offer – including fish fresh off the boats at Cleggan – with a subtle emphasis on using seaweed in each course. You can view the completed multimedia story I made from my day’s filming using the Storehouse app here but here’s a little teaser:
So if you are a mobile journalist or are interested in becoming one there’s an exciting MOJO event coming up shortly. MoJoCon Ireland is happening on the 27th March 2015 at the Conference Centre in Dublin and you can register here. RTÉ MojoCon Ireland is the first international conference focusing on mobile journalism, mobile filmmaking and mobile photography all in one event and as their website says – “The future is mobile, the future is now“.