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

Mojocom 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 4,000 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.

iPhone Film Maker 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.

Conferences

Mojo Festival is a conference in Ireland celebrating all things in mobile journalism. The event is the former ‘RTE Mojocon’. The next conference is in Galway 29-31 May 2018. Follow @mojofestival on Twitter for updates.

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.

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

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?

Sanshey Biswas is a mobile journalist who is building a network of mobile journalists in India.

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.

Marcus Bösch is a mojo pioneer and trainer from Germany. He is into AR, VR and news gaming and organised Europe’s first Newsgames Hackathon.

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.

D J Clark is multimedia director at China Daily Asia and video advisor for the Asia News Network. In 2017 he initiated a cross-border investigation about traffic congestion. The team used Facebook live and smartphones for the shooting.

Mike Castellucci created Murrow and Emmy Award winning iPhone shows, Phoning it in. He currently works as a journalism professor at Michigan State University.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald is a photographer who specialises in smartphone photography and videography.

Nick Garnett is a BBC reporter and was one of the first to use a VOIP application to broadcast live over 3G and wifi networks. He was also one of the first to use a live streaming camera app to broadcast live TV pictures from an iPhone.

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.

Miranda McLachlan runs the Digital Journalism programme at Goldsmiths University in the UK, which includes a dedicated mojo course.

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.

Sumaiya Omar is founder of the social video company HashtagOurStories. Together with her husband Yusuf she aims to build a global news network by equipping people in underserved communities with mojo skills to help them tell their stories.

Corinne Podger is a mobile journalism educator and consultant who teaches mobile journalism to reporters, NGOs, social enterprise and to university students. She has created a Mobile Journalism’ Twitter List of more than 250 experts and institutions that you can subscribe to.

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.

Wytse Vellinga is a video and mobile storyteller and has pioneered mobile journalism at the Dutch broadcaster Omrop Fryslân. He is a well-recognized expert in the field and conducts trainings worldwide.