LTJMW 2023 MoJo in 2023 – BBC Smartphone Journalism

Mobile journalists report in video, audio, photography, and graphics using apps on their portable devices. Such reporters, sometimes known as mojos (for mobile journalist), are staff or freelance journalists who may use digital cameras and camcorders, laptop PCs, smartphones or tablet devices.

We live in a rapidly changing world, driven by frequent technological and scientific breakthroughs. The biggest and most significant breakthrough of the 21st century has arguably been the introduction and proliferation of the smartphone. While the first smartphones can be dated back as far as the early 1990s, it wasn’t until Apple released the first iPhone in 2007 that they became a major part of our daily lives.

Over the years, various smartphone features were added and improved upon: better cameras, faster internet connectivity, longer battery life, more memory…the list goes on. Along the way, literally millions of new apps were introduced as well. Now, you can find a faster route home while stuck in traffic; you send an important work email from the toilet; you can update your social media profile from a tropical beach, or from 30,000 feet on your flight home; you can find the love of your life, and order them dinner and a movie, with just a few swipes across your screen.