Mobile Reporting and the Media

Mobile reporting is distinguished as a way that journalists can break news at real time by sharing multimedia content and text on-the-go through the use of mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. In a sense, mobile reporting promotes the idea that “you aren’t here, but I am, and this is what it looks like.” Stories like the underground tunnel bombings in London and the emergency commercial plane landing in the Hudson River are prime examples of how mobile reporting could be utilized to break news fast where traditional reporters would have a harder time covering. At its core, mobile reporters need a mobile device, such as a smart phone, to publish whatever lead he or she has at real time on a specific platform, such as Twitter. There are two types of mobile reporters: gearheads and traditional reporters. Gearheads are prepared by carrying tools such as a laptop, mobile hot-spot, a tripod, a point-and-shoot camera, microphone, and a cell phone, among others. Traditional mobile reporters may only carry a smartphone, complete with its camera, in order to be able to publish their content. One of the ways professional news agencies utilize mobile reporting to compliment their existing platforms is by leading the traffic from their mobile reporting to the agency’s homepage.

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