How Mobile Technology is Affecting Local News Coverage
With the advent of smart phones, netbooks, and iPads, journal publications have taken a new direction. In our convergence culture, a phone is no longer just a tool used to call other people. It is also an mp3 player, the internet, a camcorder, a camera, a GPS navigator, a gaming device, all bundled up in one. Due to its growing popularity, it is almost commonplace for an individual to possess a smart phone. That virtually makes anyone who owns a smart phone a potential journalist – a mobile journalist, or “mojo”. Large news corporations have set up Twitter and Facebook sites that allow their vieweres to submit images and footages of events that their own journalists couldn’t attend. Submitting footage gives their viewers a sense of participation. They feel like they are a part of the story and that gives them motivation to remain loyal to a news station.