How to be a great mobile journalist even though your smartphone camera is crappy

Not everbody can afford an iPhone or some high end Android smartphone with an excellent camera. This short video shows you how you can work as a mobile journalist anyway and produce good journalistic content on the go. There is a little twist to it though.

Slides: Android Mobile Journalism Workshop @MojoconIRL

Mojocon founder Glen Mulcahy and Trainer Bernhard Lill at Mojocon 2016.
Mojocon founder Glen Mulcahy (left) and Bernhard Lill at Mojocon 2016 in Dublin – shortly before the workshops start. © Sir Cam, @camdiary

During Mojocon 2016, the international Mobile Journalism Conference in Dublin, I gave a workshop on how to produce journalistic content with Android devices.

Afterwards, I didn’t only receive lots of follow up questions from Android users but also from journalists, bloggers and PR people who frequently use iPhones.

There was a genuine interest among attendees if Android phones had – in the meantime – become good enough for mobile journalism.

My answer is: yes, by all means. Apple’s app store has still got more apps which are useful for digital storytelling, but Google Play is catching up. Cinema FV-5 is a very decent app for filming, Filmic Pro has made its way from Apple to Android (but is still struggeling with compatability) and Kinemaster is a powerful tool for editing videos. There are several very good apps for photography which give users more manual control over the camera. And there is quite a number of interesting apps which allow you to explore new ways of digital storytelling: Storehouse, Foundbite, Legend, Thinglink. More infos on mobile devices you’ll find in my article: Why Android smartphones are an excellent alternative to Apple devices in developing countries.

The biggest drawback of the Android world remains fragmentation.

You’ll find the answers to what that is and what it means for mobile journalists in the slides below. And while you’re viewing them, you’ll also get a whole crash course in Android Mojo with tips for the best apps and reporter gear.



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Basic MoJo Android Apps

My selection of basic MoJo Android Apps: In the wake of Mojocon2, which will take place in Dublin on  29th – 30th April 2016, I prepared a list of apps which I find very useful for Mobile Reporting.

I included several recording and editing apps as alternative, for not every app will run smoothly on every Android smartphone. This is due to device and OS fragmentation.

As the title implies, this list is not comprehensive. And I encourage all of you to share your experiences and apps which have proved helpful for your work in the past. Android only, sorry. Thanks, Bernhard.

Update: 14.12.15

Apparently, I was in haste when I compiled the apps and arranged them in ThingLink. So I made a pretty grave spelling mistake: of course, it must be „live streaming“. 🙂 Nevertheless, it’s also fascinating to know what „Lifestreaming“ means. Here we go, thanks to Wikipedia:

The term lifestream was coined by Eric Freeman and David Gelernter at Yale University in the mid-1990s to describe „…a time-ordered stream of documents that functions as a diary of your electronic life; every document you create and every document other people send you is stored in your lifestream. The tail of your stream contains documents from the past (starting with your electronic birth certificate). Moving away from the tail and toward the present, your stream contains more recent documents — papers in progress or new electronic mail; other documents (pictures, correspondence, bills, movies, voice mail, software) are stored in between. Moving beyond the present and into the future, the stream contains documents you will need: reminders, calendar items, to-do lists. The point of lifestreams isn’t to shift from one software structure to another but to shift the whole premise of computerized information: to stop building glorified file cabinets and start building (simplified, abstract) artificial minds; and to store our electronic lives inside“[1]
Lifestreams are also referred to as social activity streams or social streams.