Journalism in the 21st Century is evolving faster than any other time before. With the rise of Smartphones and social media, the era of citizen journalism and User Generated Content (UGC) is changing the traditional concepts and ideals of Journalism.
MOJO– meaning Mobile Journalism, is a fairly recent phenomenon and a powerful new tool in the media game. With literally billions of people using mobile phones, anyone can record and create a news story that is readily accessible to the online audience. This may also pose ethical and legal issues because these stories havn’t been run through a professional editor.
Journalists need to take a neo-journalist approach and be equipped and ready to capture, edit and produce any breaking news story, using their Smartphone. MOJO’s can also incorporate multimedia elements such as videos, graphics, audio and links, into the story.
The quality of journalism may be questioned due to such a fast turn around of stories. As Ivo and Burum discuss in MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook, by the time the journalists realise an error, the story is already lost in the abyss of the web. Therefore the potential for legal issues may arise- such as defamation or false information.
Despite the potential negatives, MOJO is playing a crucial role in 21st Century Journalism- it is allowing multi-planar storytelling to be produced and accessible faster than ever.