Thousands of journalists around the world already use smartphones to create content, and there are various online forums and events where you can get updates on apps, equipment and workflow, and share your work.

Social forums

Mojofest is the largest social forum for mobile storytellers around the world. It is a public Facebook Group for journalists, NGOs, businesses and academics. It has over 5,000 members and is a place to post questions about equipment, apps and workflow, and share examples of your work for feedback. It was founded by former Head of Innovation at RTE, Glen Mulcahy.

Mojo Latam is a closed Facebook Group similar to Mojocom, focused on mobile journalism in Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries.

Mobile Journalism in Asia is a Facebook Group for journalists and academics based in Asia. It focuses on exchanging knowledge and experiences in the field.

Mojo Storytelling Educators is a closed Facebook Group for newsroom trainers and academic journalism teachers creating practical courses about mobile journalism.

iPhone Reporter is a closed Facebook Group for journalists to share tips and techniques when reporting with an iOS phone or device.

iOS Filmmakers is a public Facebook Group for anyone – journalist or not – to get involved in making films on a smartphone. Android members are also welcome.

Mojo Live is a closed Facebook Group for anyone – journalist or not – who is interested in using a smartphone for live broadcasts.

Luma Fusion Users is a public Facebook Group for people using the Luma Fusion app.

KineMaster Help is a public Facebook Group for people using the KineMaster app.

Conferences

Mojofest is a conference in Ireland celebrating all things in mobile content creation – from journalism to public relations to documentary-making to cinematography to photography. The next conference is in London in May 2020. Follow @mojofestival on Twitter for updates.

Mojo Asia is a conference held in a rotating Asian country each year with a specific emphasis on journalism – TV, radio, online, photo-journalism and current affairs documentaries. The next conference is in Manila in June 2020. Follow the organisers, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Programme Asia, for updates.

VideoMobile is an annual Francophone conference for mobile journalism in Paris.

Mobile World Congress is an annual technology event about new smartphones and associated technology. It is less relevant for journalists but useful to follow on Twitter for technical updates and announcements.

Film festivals

Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF)
This festival has been running since 2012, and receives well over 600 film submissions from dozens of countries each year. Submissions are open to both amateur and professional filmmakers.

Mobile Film Festival (MFF)
The MFF is a huge festival which is hosted online, making it accessible to filmmakers anywhere in the world. The festival’s Facebook Page has more than 35,000 followers, so if you submit a film your work may be seen by thousands of people even if you don’t win an award.

Mobile Motion Film Festival (MOMO)
MOMO is an annual festival in Switzerland for filmmakers of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Smartphone Flick Fest (SF3)
This annual Australian festival is open to submissions all over the world. The top 10 submissions are selected to be shown in Sydney where they compete for a jury award.

Twitter

Thousands of journalists use a smartphone for journalism – so who should you follow on Twitter?

Corinne Podger is a mobile journalism educator and consultant who teaches mobile journalism to reporters, NGOs, social enterprise and at the University of Melbourne. She is also the author of this Manual, and her DMs are open for training enquiries.

Umashankar Singh is foreign affairs editor at NDTV in India. He’s been pioneering smartphone use at the broadcaster for over a decade.

Camille Elemia is a smartphone-first journalist with the Philippine news outlet Rappler, where she uses mojo to cover breaking stories live.

Marc Blank-Settle is a BBC trainer for mobile journalism and social media. He is the one to follow for news on the latest apps and gear.

Philip Bromwell is a news, video and mobile journalist at RTE News in Ireland. He heads a team of mobile journalists who record and edit stories for TV and social media on smartphones.

Eleanor Mannion is a programme-maker with the Irish state broadcaster RTE. In 2016 she shot a full-length 4K documentary, The Collectors, entirely on her smartphone – a first for a European broadcaster.

Björn Staschen is Head of NextNewsLab within Germany’s public broadcaster NDR. He has been leading NDR’s innovation in mobile journalism and recently published a book on mobile storytelling with his Dutch colleague Wytse Vellinga.

Rob Layton is a photographer and lecturer at Bond University in Australia, where he teaches the Mobile Journalism course. He is an expert in computational photography.

Glen Mulcahy is the former Head of Innovation at Irish public broadcaster RTE and a mojo pioneer. He founded the first mojo conference, Mojocon, and now runs MojoFest. He works as mojo consultant to media outlets around the world.

Shahid Hussein is a smartphone-first journalist with Samaa-TV in Pakistan, and an expert in filing mojo-first stories.

Wytse Vellinga is a video and mobile storyteller and has pioneered mobile journalism at the Dutch broadcaster Omrop Fryslân.