Mark Briggs covered mobile journalism in chapter 5 of Journalism Next. The introduction of the smart phone changed how journalists worked. Briggs said there was a new field– mobile reporting. Mobile reporters do everything. A recent survey conducted by Verizon and Parenting.com found that parents buy their children cell phones earlier and earlier. News organizations look for ways to utilize the mobile platform. That is how multimedia journalism came about.
According to Briggs, mobile devices make covering the news easier than ever. Briggs provided a start-up list for a mobile journalist. There are two types of mobile journalists: those who need to carry all of their devices and those who carry what they need.
For those who carry everything, Briggs said the following equipment is needed (Briggs 2012: 2194 and 2518 of Kindle edition):
- Internet for the laptop
- Camera for taking photos
- Video camera
- Tripod for the video camera
- Vocal recorder, like a Zoom
- Mobile Phone
If you pack light, Briggs said all you need is a smartphone.
Briggs said Twitter is the ideal model for microblogging. There are many ways a mobile journalist can stream live video from their smartphone. He ended the chapter by saying to include the audience in reports.
Chapter 9 in Briggs’ book was titled “Data-Driven Journalism and Digitalizing Your Life” talked about bringing technology into your work, whether it’s email, like Yahoo!, digital calendars, or a word processing system like Microsoft Word. Briggs provided a list of things to consider when purchasing a tool: the cost, whether it has to be online or offline, and the compatibility with other programs.
How does the use of technology affect journalism? According to Briggs, every story contains usable data. Stories contain “fielded data,” data that can be inputted into a spread sheet. Briggs explained how to create a spreadsheet in Journalism Next. He recommended including as many fields as possible.
According to Briggs, maps were another important tool used in journalism. Google Maps was an example he used in Journalism Next. Maps can be used in the news and breaking news stories. Another way maps can be used is to map data. Briggs concludes that electronic devices like smart phones changed hows maps are used.
In conclusion, I did not find this chapter very helpful. Most of the information in chapter 9, “Data-Driven Journalism and Digitalizing Your Life” is taught in secondary education.
A topic covered in Mark Briggs’ book was blogging. He listed ways to make a blog stand out.
The Pioneer Woman‘s blog is eye-catching and well done. The layout provides easy access to her recipes, with each recipe categorized at the top of the page. She provides humor and photos in each blog post, making it easy to read her blog. As Briggs mentioned in his book, those are ways to draw in readers and keep them interested.
The Taylor Swift Style blog provides a look at the fashion of recording artist Taylor Swift. The blog is clean and organized. Each article of clothing worn by Taylor is categorized by type of clothing, occasion, or album era. It makes it easier for visitors to Taylor Swift Style to locate their favorite outfit. One feature I really enjoy is if a piece of clothing is available for purchase, the blog owners post a link to where a person can buy it.
An example of a bad blog is celebrity gossip site TMZ. The red header stands out to readers when they first log onto the website. I think TMZ is a bad example of a blog because of the content and the comment section. Based on Briggs’ book, I do not think TMZ’s blog is very well organized. It could be better.
Oh No They Didn’t celebrity gossip blog is another example of a bad blog. The website is clean, something Briggs suggested a blog should be. Oh No They Didn’t uses Live Journal. Live Journal causes the website to not run as well as a site like wordpress.com or tumblr.com. Using a site like Live Journal is why I believe Oh No They Didn’t is a bad blog.