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Mobile Journalism 
Smartphones and tablets 
can be a reporter’s best friend 
Eric Ortiz l CCNMA Journalism Opportunities Conference l USC l Oct. 23, 2014
“The mobile evolution is 
having a profound effect on 
consumers and businesses. It 
has kick-started the always-on 
culture, presenting brands with 
unprecedented opportunities 
to develop closer relationships 
with their customers.” 
–Christina Carstensen, IDG Global Solutions
By the numbers 
• 1.5 billion people in world have smartphones 
• More than half of people with smartphones post 
original photos and videos online 
• By 2020, 5 billion people in world will have 
smartphones 
• 99.5 of consumers use mobile devices to access 
content/information 
• Smartphone ownership is higher for Hispanic adults (61 
percent) African-American adults (59 percent) than 
white adults (53 percent) 
• 75 percent of consumers use smartphones to watch 
video online
Mobile Exceeds PC Internet Usage
What Can Smartphones Do? 
• Text 
• Take pictures 
• Shoot video 
• Record audio 
• Detail location 
• Detect infared light 
• Read data 
• Make money 
• Turn into microscope 
• Perform car diagnostics 
• Connect to USB stick or mouse 
• Measure distances 
• Measure altitude and air pressure 
• Get temperature 
• Detect fever 
http://www.phonearena.com/news/10-amazing-things-a-smartphone-can-do-and-you-probably-dont-know-about_id56861
How Can Journalists Use Smartphones? 
• Breaking news 
• Conflict zones 
• Geopolitics 
• Protests 
• Government 
• Local business 
• Metro coverage 
• Sporting events 
• Red carpets 
• Trading floors 
• Man on the street 
• Live streams
Cover Complex, Unfolding News 
• Arab Spring 
• Boston Marathon Bombing 
• Ferguson 
• Ebola 
• Ottawa shooting
Crowdsource for Facts 
https://storify.com/acarvin/how-to-debunk-a-geopolitical-rumor-with-your-twitt2
Work With Citizens to Cover Same Story 
http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/04/social-media-and-the-boston-bombings-when-citizens-and-journalists-cover-the-same-story/
Verify
Document and Broadcast 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrGqoISd-do#t=39
Live Stream 
http://new.livestream.com/timcast/events/3477619
Go to Remote Locations
Tell Stories 
https://www.storehouse.co/stories/i4f9-the-isle-of-sylt 
http://www.robbmontgomery.com/2014/05/amazing-mobile-multimedia-reports-are.html
Deliver Context and Coherence 
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/how-radar-sources-report-from-deep-inside-the-ebola-crisis/s2/a562465/ 
http://www.onourradar.org/ 
http://www.eboladeeply.org/
Stay Charged
Tools 
• Twitter: Microblogging 
• Instagram: Photo sharing 
• Vine: Six-second vido 
• Tout: Social video 
• Videolicious: Quick, easy video editing 
• audioBoom: Audio sharing 
• Ustream: Live stream video 
• iMovie: Edit video 
• Seene Review: 3D images 
• WhatsApp: Group messaging 
• Pinterest: Curated visual content 
• SoundCloud: Upload, record, promote, share audio
More Tools 
• Facebook: Social network 
• Skyro: Record, play, share audio content 
• DropVox: Record voice memos to Dropbox 
• Evernote: Notebook. Save photos, audio files, weblinks 
• Banjo: Social discovery 
• Emergency Radio Free: Police scanner 
• Expense Magic: Document expenses, send PDFs via 
email 
• CamScanner: Take photos of document, convert into 
PDF 
• Storehouse: Combine photos, videos, words to tell 
story 
• Photosynth: Panorama photo 
• Portable charge: Jackery, Anker, Lumsing
What’s Next? 
• Mobile storytelling: Evrybit 
• Augmented reality: Junaio 
• Wearable devices: Google Glass 
• Unmanned video: Drones 
• Mobile currency: Apple Pay 
• Sensors: iBeacon
Emerging Markets
New Business Models 
U.S. newspaper ad revenue: $63.5B in 2000, $23B in 2014 
Google ad revenue: $70M in 2001, $50.6B in 2013
Think Mobile
Resources 
• Mojo guide: mojogui.de 
• Essential mobile journalism kit: 
http://multimediashooter.com/wp/2012/07/07/t 
he-essential-mobile-journalism-kit/ 
• Journalist’s Toolbox: 
http://www.journaliststoolbox.org/archive/mobil 
e-journalism/ 
• Steve Buttry: http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/ 
• Web Journalist Tech and Tools: 
http://webjournalist.org/topics/tools/
Contact 
Eric Ortiz 
Email: eric@getevrybit.com 
Web: www.getevrybit.com 
Twitter: @erictortiz, @evrybit

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Mobile Journalism

  • 1. Mobile Journalism Smartphones and tablets can be a reporter’s best friend Eric Ortiz l CCNMA Journalism Opportunities Conference l USC l Oct. 23, 2014
  • 2. “The mobile evolution is having a profound effect on consumers and businesses. It has kick-started the always-on culture, presenting brands with unprecedented opportunities to develop closer relationships with their customers.” –Christina Carstensen, IDG Global Solutions
  • 3.
  • 4. By the numbers • 1.5 billion people in world have smartphones • More than half of people with smartphones post original photos and videos online • By 2020, 5 billion people in world will have smartphones • 99.5 of consumers use mobile devices to access content/information • Smartphone ownership is higher for Hispanic adults (61 percent) African-American adults (59 percent) than white adults (53 percent) • 75 percent of consumers use smartphones to watch video online
  • 5. Mobile Exceeds PC Internet Usage
  • 6. What Can Smartphones Do? • Text • Take pictures • Shoot video • Record audio • Detail location • Detect infared light • Read data • Make money • Turn into microscope • Perform car diagnostics • Connect to USB stick or mouse • Measure distances • Measure altitude and air pressure • Get temperature • Detect fever http://www.phonearena.com/news/10-amazing-things-a-smartphone-can-do-and-you-probably-dont-know-about_id56861
  • 7.
  • 8. How Can Journalists Use Smartphones? • Breaking news • Conflict zones • Geopolitics • Protests • Government • Local business • Metro coverage • Sporting events • Red carpets • Trading floors • Man on the street • Live streams
  • 9. Cover Complex, Unfolding News • Arab Spring • Boston Marathon Bombing • Ferguson • Ebola • Ottawa shooting
  • 10. Crowdsource for Facts https://storify.com/acarvin/how-to-debunk-a-geopolitical-rumor-with-your-twitt2
  • 11. Work With Citizens to Cover Same Story http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/04/social-media-and-the-boston-bombings-when-citizens-and-journalists-cover-the-same-story/
  • 13. Document and Broadcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrGqoISd-do#t=39
  • 15. Go to Remote Locations
  • 16. Tell Stories https://www.storehouse.co/stories/i4f9-the-isle-of-sylt http://www.robbmontgomery.com/2014/05/amazing-mobile-multimedia-reports-are.html
  • 17. Deliver Context and Coherence http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/how-radar-sources-report-from-deep-inside-the-ebola-crisis/s2/a562465/ http://www.onourradar.org/ http://www.eboladeeply.org/
  • 19. Tools • Twitter: Microblogging • Instagram: Photo sharing • Vine: Six-second vido • Tout: Social video • Videolicious: Quick, easy video editing • audioBoom: Audio sharing • Ustream: Live stream video • iMovie: Edit video • Seene Review: 3D images • WhatsApp: Group messaging • Pinterest: Curated visual content • SoundCloud: Upload, record, promote, share audio
  • 20. More Tools • Facebook: Social network • Skyro: Record, play, share audio content • DropVox: Record voice memos to Dropbox • Evernote: Notebook. Save photos, audio files, weblinks • Banjo: Social discovery • Emergency Radio Free: Police scanner • Expense Magic: Document expenses, send PDFs via email • CamScanner: Take photos of document, convert into PDF • Storehouse: Combine photos, videos, words to tell story • Photosynth: Panorama photo • Portable charge: Jackery, Anker, Lumsing
  • 21. What’s Next? • Mobile storytelling: Evrybit • Augmented reality: Junaio • Wearable devices: Google Glass • Unmanned video: Drones • Mobile currency: Apple Pay • Sensors: iBeacon
  • 23. New Business Models U.S. newspaper ad revenue: $63.5B in 2000, $23B in 2014 Google ad revenue: $70M in 2001, $50.6B in 2013
  • 25. Resources • Mojo guide: mojogui.de • Essential mobile journalism kit: http://multimediashooter.com/wp/2012/07/07/t he-essential-mobile-journalism-kit/ • Journalist’s Toolbox: http://www.journaliststoolbox.org/archive/mobil e-journalism/ • Steve Buttry: http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/ • Web Journalist Tech and Tools: http://webjournalist.org/topics/tools/
  • 26. Contact Eric Ortiz Email: eric@getevrybit.com Web: www.getevrybit.com Twitter: @erictortiz, @evrybit

Editor's Notes

  1. Filmed with GoPro and iPhone, and edited and produced the multimedia using Storehouse app on iPad.