By Serbino Sandifer-Walker, DJTF V.P. – TSU Journalism Professor
The smartphone is becoming a must have for today’s journalists. From iPhone to Android and Blackberry, these mobiles are turning reporting into a seamless experience.
NABJ Institute and the Digital Journalism Task Force (DJTF) will host a “Smartphone Reporting” CoverItLive webinar Tuesday, June 15, 12:30p.m. (ET) on the Smartphone Reporting blog.
DJTF’s Serbino Sandifer-Walker, a journalist and journalism professor, will be joined by award-winning reporters Gio Benitez of CBS4 Miami and Jeremy Jojola of KOB-TV Albuquerque. Benitez and Jojola are producing groundbreaking reports with their smartphones.
Benitez was the first reporter to shoot and edit a television package using an iPhone 3GS in June of 2009. His report garnered international buzz and set-off a global conversational about mobile phone reporting. Click here to see the report.
Jojola is an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter who uses his iPhone to gather elements for his investigative pieces, including using it as a hidden camera. Jojola was one of the first reporters in the nation to conduct a live shot with his iPhone. Click here to see the report.
Tech-savvy college students are also making the most of mobile phone reporting. Texas Southern University journalism major Samii Noel Thompson will showcase her mobile reporting skills. She told the story of a blind journalist using her iPhone. Click here to see the report.
The one-hour interactive session will include tips and highlight the pros and cons of using smartphones to report news stories. And if you can’t make it, look for the transcript from the session here on the blog before the end of the week.