Mobile / Smartphone Journalism
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) yet again conducted a course on "Mobile/Smartphone Journalism" from December 5 - 16, 2016 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. This popular course was co-taught by Emmy Award winning journalist Craig Duff from the Medill School of Journalism, and Gibran Ashraf from The Express Tribune.
Craig is also a documentary director, producer and writer, specializing in multi-platform storytelling and solo journalism. Before joining Medill, he worked at TIME, New York Times and CNN, and won an Emmy award for new approaches in news and documentary programming.
Twenty four working journalists mainly multimedia reporters from across Pakistan attended the training module which was offered for the first time in September 2014 and was one of the most popular courses offered by CEJ.
As journalism is going mobile — both in the reporting of news and its presentation — the course focused on how the modern digital reporters can use their smartphone to gather photos/video and info, and turn it into content that can be viewed on a mobile device.
The course covered every step in the experience: from capturing good pictures, audio and video on a smartphone, to editing and developing that content on the device, to making that story work well in a mobile environment.
With the help of their instructors, the students explored best practices for shooting images and reporting, by producing a story in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. In addition, they also learned some of the best tools and applications available to make better photos and videos. They also explored other applications to create rich multimedia experiences with their story without any need for coding knowledge.
The class also explored the current landscape in social media, learning what works well, and why. They also created some content specifically targeted for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other applications. At the end of two weeks, the participants were able to shoot, create and distribute a great visual story, all from the device in their hand.
There was also a guest lecture on photojournalism by Massoud Hossaini, chief photographer at AP, Kabul, Afghanistan. Azhar Abbas, managing director at Geo News gave a special talk on digital journalism and its importance. Another lecture on smartphone journalism – an encounter with reality was delivered by a reporter from Geo News, Qaseem Saeed.
The participants received completion certificates at the end of the training and successful submission of their final assignments.