A Smart Move: Using Smartphones to Tell Stories

Thursday, June 3, 2010 SS-Walker

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.


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