I´m really proud and happy that it´s finally there: the updated, English version of „Mobiler Journalismus“. And I´m even more proud to have worked on this with fellow Mojo Wytse Vellinga. We´ve called the book „Mobile Storytelling“ in order to precisely say what the book is about: Everything you need to know in order to tell a story with your smartphone. We hope that we have started something exciting – a book that we will update regularly, that you can use as ebook (available on Amazon or itunes) or even order as a printed version if you like a good read at night.
Ein Buch über Mobilen Journalismus zu schreiben ist in etwa so wie einen Pudding an die Wand zu nageln oder einen Wolkenatlas zu entwerfen: Ist es gedruckt, ist es veraltet. Daher hält das Buch ein wenig mehr bereit als nur Technik: Tipps und Tricks von tollen Kollegen beispielsweise, wie Nick Garnett (BBC), Philipp Weber, Philip Bromwell (RTÉ), Marc B. Settle oder Martin Heller (Into VR).
Dazu: Viele Ideen zur journalistischen Praxis, von der 5-Shot-Regel zum Digital Storytelling, von Drohnen-Recht zu Recht am eigenen Bild im Livestream. Lust bekommen? Hier gibt es das Buch. Natürlich wird es von Zeit zu Zeit aktualisiert, ebenso das e-book.
The colleagues at medienrot interviewed me recently on mobile journalism – in German though. Here are some of my thoughts. Also, the international journalism site IJNet ran a great series on mobile journalism written by Clothilde Goujard which I was proud to be a part of. The whole video?
When the UK voted about the Brexit I had the great chance to report for ARD from London, supporting our staff at ARD´s London office. As production ressourced were quite stretched during the campaign I´ve used quite a bit of #Mojo. And quite a bit came out of it.
A child of the economic crisis: Enrique Frisancho and his partner Ana María Vicens had started a design agency together. But their customers were suffering from the economic crisis. Therefore Ana and Enrique decided not to design for others, but to bring their own product to the market: the well-known mobile journalism acsessory „Shoulderpod„. I met Enrique in his office in Barcelona and talked to him about quality, local sourcing and life (shot on iPhone with FilmicPro, edited on iPhone with Pinnacle Studio Pro).
At NDR Hamburg, I have played around with Ricoh´s Theta S a little – a consumer, easy to handle 360 camera for just under 400 €. The results are best viewed on mobile phones as you get the nice feeling of really looking around in the room. Make sure you watch it in best resolution (1080p – sometimes you might have to change youtube settings). The sound was recorded seperately on a mobile phone with Rode SmartLav+ and EasyVoiceRecorder. The whole package was assembled with (yes!) Windows Movie Maker. A quick workflow actually, and one that worked quite well. In my experience, it´s rather about longer shots and scenes to be able to explore a room, and about walking around in the picture. This little experiment consits of only two transitions, three scenes in about 1´30 minutes.
Mobile journalism is a great way to work in Europe or the US – the advantages (lower cost, higher flexibility) are widely discussed. But in developing countries, #Mojo really makes an exciting difference. And it matters much more than here I guess. I had a chance to explore the options during a training with BBC Media Action in Yangon.
It was a little experiment. I met Torben Tietz at a sofa concert my wonderful wife organized for my birthday (must have been the 23rd or so this year). Torben played a great gig in our garden – and made me think of how I could bring two passions together: music and #mojo. Not so difficult: We agreed to film a music video for one of his songs at his little studio in Hamburg, at „106Hz„. I used four smartphones – two Androids (Nexus 6, Honor 7), an iPhone 6 and a Lumia 930. And no, the room didn´t explode when they all met. The opposite happened: It all went smoothly and harmonic (with the iPhone being responsible for the need of some last-minute transcoding before editing on laptop with Premiere Pro). Torben made it easy choosing a black and white video so I had no problems with colour matching. I filmed with FilmicPro, the FilmicPro Beta for Android and CinemaFV5. On Lumia, I used the generic Windows camera. I enjoyed it (so much that we even recorded a second video, see below) – hope you will, too.