How do you define mobile journalism? And what can you actually produce with a smartphone?
Smartphones put a complete production studio for radio, television, text and social content in your pocket. Here are some of the reasons to start your mobile journalism journey.
The video from a smartphone camera can be almost identical in quality to a professional TV camera or DSLR - but there are some challenges to keep in mind.
Simple equipment will give you professional mojo results. Here are suggestions for your kit bag.
Lots of apps will be mentioned in this Manual. Here is the full list - plus a few extras - with links to app downloads and many online tutorials.
'Mobile journalism' is still journalism. Apps and kit aren't enough - you need a story worth telling. How do you find one and how should you prepare to film it?
If you are a newcomer to visual storytelling, you'll need to master some simple shots that are at the heart of all good video journalism.
What goes in each shot is up to you as a journalist. This means thinking about framing and composition.
Doing quality video journalism starts long before you hit 'record'. Here's what you need to prepare for a filming job to get the best results.
The native camera on most smartphones produces high quality footage, but you may get better results with a third-party app. Here are some recommendations.
Poor quality audio can ruin a video story. When you are preparing to film, keep the following tips in mind.
When it comes to creating simple, engaging videos for social platforms and websites, there are literally dozens of apps to choose from. Here are some of our top recommendations.
If you need a full multi-track video editor that can add and mix multiple interviews and overlay, and add music, a logo and captions, we recommend the following professional apps that provide all necessary functions.
When you finish editing your video, you might want to add titles, captions and a logo to give your work a professional appearance. Here are some apps to help you achieve that.
Video stories that aren't going on television have tremendous flexibility in format, duration and style. Make sure you use strong footage to keep your audience watching - and be creative!
Social media platforms are more than a place to post your stories. Did you know the mobile apps for these platforms also offer content production tools?
Producing live video used to be extremely expensive. Now, anyone can do it, as long as you have a smartphone and a good internet connection. But why should you do it? And when is it better to go with a pre-recorded video?
How should you prepare for a live broadcast on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? What equipment do you need, and how should you manage your live workflow?
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.
If you enjoyed working with this Manual as a starting point for your mobile journalism journey, here are more resources to continue your learning.
Lots of tutorials are mentioned in this Manual. We've listed them all below.
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