Do the positives of MOJO outweigh the negatives?

Taken by Angharad Akideinde

The use of smartphones is heavily changing journalism (MOJO), both in positive and negative ways.

Positive Aspects 

With this generation’s technological advances, we are able to use our mobiles to do almost anything. We don’t need to have camera equipment. Our phones have voice recorders, cameras, notes and you can buy extras such as microphones and tripods. These would enhance the way of recording. In fact, statistics show that people are more likely to stop and be interviewed by someone with only their phone rather than people with full-on camera equipment. Millions of different apps are able to be downloaded on smartphones, apps that can edit audio, videos and pictures. Simply done from the palm of your hands.

Not only do mobiles make life easier for journalists to report but it makes their stories much more accessible. People generally have their phones on them 24/7 meaning they can constantly check their social media apps. Journalists are able to use these apps to share news on, such as snapchat. Newspapers and magazines such as the Telegraph and Cosmopolitan use these. Other apps such as Facebook, twitter and Instagram can be used as a platform to share news. Not only can journalists use social media apps, but news companies such as BBC, The Guardian and Huffpost, can have their own apps. Which are easily accessible to anyone with a mobile.

Negative Aspects

However, with these positives, comes negatives. Smartphones are changing the way that news is shared and the way journalists write. The Telegraph (which is a broadsheet) uses Snapchat (a teenage based app) to share their news. The age group of the app is bound to change the way that the Telegraph shares news. They will be catering what they share to please their audience.

MOJO also will eventually lead to killing all original forms of Journalism such as newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. It is easier for people to read and watch news on their smartphones. Rather than on something they have to spend money on and cant access as easily.

Georgie