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The Rise of Mobile Journalism

Smartphones and iPads have recently become a journalists best friend. More than 1.5 billion people have smartphones all over the world. 75% of those who own smartphones use them to watch videos online.

In 1990 cell phones were nothing compared to what they are like to do. Now a days there is nothing that our smartphone can’t do.

Smartphones do so much. They let you text, take pictures, take videos, detail your location, get the weather, measure distances and so much more.

Journalists have used mobile devices to cover some of the biggest news stories. Journalist have used mobile devices for events such as the Arab Spring, the Boston Marathon Bombing, Ferguson, the outbreak of Ebola, and the Ottawa shooting.

Journalists use live stream to broadcast live videos. This is such a fast and easy way to get their stories out for the world to see. https://livestream.com/timcast/events/3477619/videos/69427680This is a video depicts some of what went on in Ferguson, Missouri. When you see something it is now very easy to say something. With all the digital tools we have it is not hard at all to spread news. Immediately after a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, the internet broke out with this news.

@TheePharoah was the very first person to break the news about what happened. From having his cell phone on him alone he was able to take photos of what was going on around him and he was the first person to post about it.

Being a credible witness is such an important thing for journalists to have. It is so much different writing about something you heard about than writing about something you actually saw for yourself. Antonio French, a journalist from St Louis, Missouri, posted a serious  of pictures and videos of what he saw the policemen do. He captured all these videos by himself on his mobile phone. Antonio and a few other journalists who captured videos of the policemen’s actions were all taken into custody for recording the videos.

Journalism can be a very scary and intense career. Capturing a story sometime’s comes with pretty big consequences. Ferguson is a great example of seeing something wrong with the world and not just standing by and watching. It’s important to publicize it for the world to see. People should not get away with committing unlawful actions.

Citizen journalists are doing great things and people are always eager to read their next story.