If you follow me on Twitter (@glenbmulcahy) you may have seen a tweet recently where I invited applications to take part in a Live Video Stream of an upcoming 1 Day mobile journalism course I will be running in RTE in late September. This is an experiment to all intents and purposes and Im really curious to see how the participants respond. The idea of this is to make it as interactive as possible for the remote participants.
So while the stream is Live the select 25 people will be able to interact with me in realtime via Twitter and Livestream chat. I have adapted my usual 1 day “in person/ face to face” training course for this experiment. There are 3 places left – tweet me if interested.
A little history: I first started pushing mobile journalism with a group of fellow trainers when we were in Budapest for the Annual Circom Regional Video Journalism training course in 2011. While there I shot a short HOW TO video (all on the iPhone 4) and uploaded it to Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/30263550
I also shot an interview with Karol Cioma, Training Project Manager with Circom to highlight the quality and I FTP’d the finished edit back to RTE to get some feedback from our Ingest room on the quality. http://vimeo.com/35132184 The consensus was it was good enough for broadcast. (Note: the original quality was substantially better than SD on Vimeo)
Following on from that I shot some content to try out different gear and accessories. Including this story which was shot on the iPhone 4S and edited on iMovie on the iPad2
I then gave the gear to one of our most talent Video Journalists: Sean MacAntSithigh (Twitter: @Buailtin) and he produced a story about artists in Dingle which was nothing short of brilliant: http://vimeo.com/42390467
That led to my first MoJo (mobile journalism) presentation at the Circom conference in Malmo Sweden. Click here to view the presentation: http://livestre.am/3SUMj
During that session over 85 senior television executives listened to the proposition that this technology could revolutionise the way journalists produce content. As a result I was invited to speak at a number of other conferences and also to deliver training to some Circom member stations like NRK (Norway), Roos Network (Holland), HRT (Croatia), and more recently Aljazeera.
Myself, Karol, John Inge Johansen from NRK and Darko Flajpan from HRT all got together to deliver a one week intensive mobile journalism course for Circom that November – this was structured to run before the traditional one week VJ course. At the end of the MoJo course Darko interviewed the participants to capture feedback. These were the responses:
The thing that never ceases to amaze me is what I have christened “the Transition”. This is the moment when participants finally realise the full potential of their mobile device. Most users are aware that they can shoot HD video, substantially less are aware they can edit that in device and export it. Fewer again realise the sheer volume of accessories that are available to augment and improve the quality and potential of the device. Its only after the first couple of practical excercises that the “penny finally drops…”
When I was that the Roos Dagen conference in Holland I did an impromptu interview, at the end of the presentation, with Arthur Vierboom. This is a good starting point:
A few months later I was asked by the lovely Sarah Marshall from Journalism.co.uk to deliver a short presentation on Mojo at their News:Rewired conference. I have attended previous News:Rewired events and they are excellently organised with a really high profile bill of speakers (myself excluded) and its always a worthwhile day in London. This is the video of that presentation: (via journalism.co.uk) Please excuse the technical issue with audio at the beginning!
Sarah has asked me to deliver a one-day, face to face MoJo training day for the next News:rewired conference. That will be happening on 19th Sept. More info here
One of the key things I would say to someone considering paying for a mobile journalism course is check the references of the trainer and also look for examples of stories or feedback from former students. In the three years I have invested in mobile journalism I have seen the number of self-styled MoJo trainers mushroom to the point that now pretty much anyone with an iPhone and a bit of knowledge can advertise their services as a trainer.
My advice…If your going to spend your hard earned cash to learn these skills – look for someone with a proven track record. I regularly share ideas with the following trainers/practitioners- each of these guys are at the top of their game and are open to sharing, debating and encouraging each other- a true collective.
-Marc Settle (London) from BBC College of Journalism @marcsettle
-Nick Garnett (Manchester) from BBC Radio 5 Live @nicholasgarnett
-Neal Augenstein (Washington) from WTOP Washington @augensteinWTOP
-Ivo Burum (Australia) -Independent MoJo trainer @citizenmojo
-Charles Hodgson (Australia) Editor of @viewnews / @CharlesRHodgson
-Michael Rosenblum (New York) “the godfather of video journalism” @rosenblumtv
-Jack Hollingsworth (Austin Texas)- master iPhone photographer @photojack
If I’ve forgotten someone DM me – apologies in advance!
The most recent Circom regional MoJo course was held just before the annual conference in Santiago De Compostella, Galicia, Spain in May this year. The usual trainers group, Karol, John Inge, Darko and I had participants drawn from TV stations all across Europe.
We (as trainers) were blown away by the results of the stories – particularly as some of these journalists had never shot or edited previously and also as English was not the 1st language of many.
I blogged about the course at the time but here are a few of my favourites and a link to a playlist of all those stories.
Here finally is a list of gear that you can consider if you are thinking of producing multimedia content with your iOS device:
If you want to learn the skills required to produce high end multi media content like the samples mentioned here then keep an eye out for training courses by any of the specialists mentioned above or even the occasional public one from me.
I’ll be back in Budapest again in October for another MoJo course with Karol Cioma (@KarolCioma) John Inge Johansen (@lonelyrider) and Darko Flajpan (@DFlaj) and I look forward to sharing the stories produced by the next group of Circom MoJos.