The pandemic created a lot of shifts in digital trends. Newsroom journalists were split into fields and remote working gained more popularity. According to Reuters, 76% of editors, CEOs, and digital leaders say Covid-19 has accelerated their plans for digital transition.
As more journalists were forced out of offices, freeform journalism came back to trend. There were reporters conducting interviews and sharing stories from within their homes with zoom and there was live reporting whenever possible.
The pandemic shifted the newsroom and challenged what we call “mainstream journalism.” Reporters used mobile phones and earphones to cover events as it helped them to cover “on the go.” It’s safe to say that mobile journalism seems to be making a comeback.
In these times of uncertainty, people have kept to their homes with the confidence that news will reach them. Journalists have had to be on the move through it all. Mobile journalism liberalizes the industry.
The tech stack for digital publishing is constantly evolving. There are developer-friendly and editorial-friendly platforms around the world that allow journalists the flexibility they need. CMSs are also mobile-friendly today. Journalists can log into their CMS through their smartphones. Create, distribute and publish news wherever!
As the world shifts to a remote working lifestyle, journalism is moving out of offices. As the print media transcends into digital media, the approach to the news has shifted. The coverage, production, and creation have evolved and begun to cater to the mobile-first audience. This means that today content can be created from a mobile screen as it ends up being consumed by other mobile-only users. Having adaptability helps and the world indeed - is on your fingertip!
Journalists should be able to type in stories and do live reporting through their mobile phones. But a good CMS understands the need for a platform that can deliver multiple functions. You should be able to upload large files into your mobile CMS, there should be ease of collaboration and easy workflow to get the content published.
We see publishers trying to improve their AMP, this is because of their mobile-first strategy. As we add more force into ensuring fast-loading mobile pages, we need to focus on creating content on smartphones for smartphones. Using a desktop could slow reporters down and they need a platform that helps them create, interact and distribute content with ease.
Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes. They help journalists get access to multiple functions like camera, video recording, web search, live streaming, etc. Carrying around all these tools separately would be a nightmare. Even with added costs of additional apps and bills, it’s a cheaper way to tell a story.
Avoiding heavy equipment also reduces the bulk of responsibilities. It provides for a flexible space where you can work with lesser people or alone. It can be the reporter and their smartphones. It helps carry out interviews and story coverage in spaces that wouldn’t support a full-blown production without it hindering the content.
3. It is Empowering
Journalists get to rely on themselves fully with mobile journalism. They don’t typically need a crew to execute content ideas. Journalists get to pick their narratives. A smart CMS paired with a mobile gives reporters the room to expand their story and give voice where it’s needed.
4. It’s Discreet
Moving around with camera equipment can draw a lot of attention. Reporters may have to get into places where they aren't wanted. Having a mobile phone seldom causes commotion, journalists can get in and out of events, venues, and more with a simple smartphone.
5. It’s user-friendly
Mobile phones are easier to navigate around. Having larger and heavy-duty equipment can take a while to get used to. Phones are also less intimidating and people might be more open to speaking into a phone than a camera. Of course, having your CMS on your mobile phone would then allow you to record live and publish easily.