Juneteenth is an official holiday that is celebrated in Texas. It commemorates the day when African-Americans in Texas were freed from slavery on June 19, 1865, two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Former State Representative Al Edwards led the campaign to designate Juneteenth as a holiday. It became an official Texas holiday on January 1, 1980. Serbino Sandifer-Walker explains more in this report. (This report was produced using the iPhone voice memo and Adobe soundbooth)
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Jeremy Jojola takes investigative reporting to the next level with a smartphone
With his Apple iPhone, he sat out to see whether the mobile could be an effective device to use in the field. He found it to be effective; however, there were some limitations. The video and audio were good for some breaking news stories, but it was challenging to shoot video with minimal movement without propping the phone. Jojola assesses his experience with the smartphone here.
Jojola will take part in a National Association of Black Journalists Digital Journalism Task Force (DJTF) webinar on smartphone reporting Tuesday at 12:30p.m. (ET).
Told with an iPhone
By Samii Noel Thompson
TSU journalism student
The smartphone is becoming a must have for today’s journalists. From iPhone to Android and Blackberry, these mobiles are turning reporting into a seamless experience.
NABJ Institute and the Digital Journalism Task Force (DJTF) will host a “Smartphone Reporting” webinar Tuesday, June 15, 11:30a.m. (CT) on http://smartphone-reporting.blogspot.com/.
DJTF’s Serbino Sandifer-Walker, a journalist and journalism professor, will be joined by award-winning reporters Gio Benitez of CBS4 Miami and Jeremy Jojola of KOB-TV Albuquerque. Benitez and Jojola are producing groundbreaking reports with their smartphones.
Benitez was the first reporter to shoot and edit a television package using an iPhone 3GS in June of 2009. His report garnered international buzz and set-off a global conversational about mobile phone reporting. Click here to see the report.
Jojola is an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter who uses his iPhone to gather elements for his investigative pieces, including using it as a hidden camera. Jojola was one of the first reporters in the nation to conduct a live shot with his iPhone. Click here to see the report.
Tech-savvy college students are also making the most of mobile phones. Texas Southern University journalism major Samii Noel Thompson will showcase her mobile reporting skills. She told the story of a blind journalist using her iPhone. See story here.
The one-hour interactive session will include tips and highlight the pros and cons of using smartphones to report news stories.