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MoJo: The Magic of Mobile Phones Changing News Reporting

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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(Where is your byline and dateline? You have to write your story in a proper way. The phase "in a press" is redundant in your sentence "cell phones are used in news reporting in a press?" You said "after they have re-designed the company website last year", but in fact Quinn said he has just helped redesign the SCMP website recently and it will be introduced this coming June. He even pitched like a salesman asking students to subscribe to the SCMP website now as the new fee for the new site will be substantially higher. "More than double," so he said. The advantages of using mobile phone in reporting are numerous but other than inexpensive and fast, cell phone is also getting smaller because the chip is getting smaller. You forgot to mention the mobile vehicle that TV station used to rely on when reporting live out in the fields. It costs more than a million USD. The stark difference in cost will play a mind-boggling effect to the readers. We don't revisit the law, we revise or more formally, amend it.)

MoJo: The Magic of Mobile Phones Changing News Reporting--105065 2012年4月3日 (二) 18:50 (UTC)

Have you imagined that cell phones are used in news reporting in a press? Attending a seminar in Shue Yan University today, Stephen Quinn, digital development editor from South China Morning Post, revealed that the next major development of the his press was to carry out the mobile journalism(MoJo) project to go digital after they have re-designed the company website last year.

Actually MoJo, meaning to use mobile phones to record and report, is not a new stuff in the media industry. Quinn said BBC had started the concept of doing so in 2007. In the same year, Reuters even established the MoJo Kit, which composes a tripod, microphone and Nokia phone, for reporters. The resason why cell phones are used in reporting is that the silicon chips for processing information in phones get better and better and, nowadays mobile phones are cheaper and more powerful than before. "A mobile phone builds-in calculator, radio, GPS and what we want," said Quinn, adding that MoJo saves costs in reporting.

MoJo makes everyone can be a reporter

"Carrying hand-held camera or using broadcast vans are expensive," exclaimed Quinn, "it requires a crew too and have to pay satellite fee!" He listed that the traditional reporting kit required HKD40000 but it was under HKD6000 for the MoJo kit. He continued, "the kit is so cheap that everybody can report." He then gave an example of a person recorded a video and shared it on facebook about the government fired protesters during Iran election in 2009. Yet, Quinn agreed that using cell phones to record might lead to the invasion of privacy as the public did not know they were being filmed.

"Privacy is the greatest problem in the 21st century," said Quinn, "maybe the law [of privacy] have to be revisited." Quinn at the same time voiced that professional reporters should understand the laws as well as give people information and help the others in the society. "Tools are getting better, but we have to develop our brain," Quinn concluded.

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