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June 4. Mobile Journalism: The MoJo of Truth, Engagement and Impact

Mobile devices are everywhere. They have become a global phenomenon, present in all facets of life, including journalism. A mobile device is now a storytelling tool, as most modern-day phones are capable of shooting, editing, and broadcasting, all on a single device. The average smartphone camera now produces higher quality images than some professional cameras from just a few years ago. The wide accessibility of mobile devices today means that it is not just media outlets that can use mobile journalism (MoJo) as an effective tool—citizens now also possess this ability.

The increased visibility of citizen journalism is a direct result of the evolution of technologies and the easy accessibility of publishing on social media platforms. Ultimately, journalists, experienced or aspiring, try to be where the audience is—one day it might be on Snapchat and the next day on Instagram. All these developments are an irreversible trend, but not everyone views them as a positive trend for quality journalism. Though the information space is flooded, there are very few well-intentioned gatekeepers left, potentially leading to confusion and disinformation competing with the truth.

This webinar will discuss the latest trends in the mobile-media landscape, including how journalism can be done via the mobile phone. What skills does one need to be a journalist and what does the job involve? What is in the MoJo toolkit? What technology trends today are likely to change journalism? What are the ethical ramifications and pitfalls of these changes? Does technology dilute or enhance journalism?


Alisher Siddique, Director Uzbek Service, RFERL, Czech Republic

Florian Schmitz, Deutsche Welle correspondent, Greece

Emmanuel Yegon, The Co-founder and Communications Director, Mobile Journalism Africa, Kenya

Tena Perisin, Professor at Journalism Department, Zagreb University, Croatia

Sumaiya Omar, Co-founder and CEO, Hashtag Our Stories, South Africa

Corinne Podger, Director, Digital Skills Agency, Australia

Register to join: https://bit.ly/2TWRyEx

This event is co-organized by the Digital Communication Network SouthEast Europe Hub (DCN SEE) and World Learning and is part of DCNSEE’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The series aims to engage digital communities globally, to promote accurate information, combat distortions, encourage responsible behavior, and discourage panic, support mitigation of a global pandemic, and avoid major societal disruptions. DCNSEE is supported by the U.S. Department of State Office of Citizen Exchanges.

DCN SOUTHEAST EUROPE HUB is a consortium of Aristotle University, Digital Communication Network, non-profits, public and private organizations and companies involved in the fields of digital communication, social impact campaigns, technology, and innovation. It is a unique, interdisciplinary coalition tapping into the best talent and resources across Europe.

The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network, a diverse professional coalition in the digital space.