Macleay College is launching Australia’s first mobile phone journalism course – Mojo.
Students will learn to use the iPhone 6 and other smart phones to shoot video and radio packages.
The news has been welcomed by the media industry. A Macleay College industry advisory panel identified mobile phone journalism as one of the key jobs of the future.
Matt De Groot, newsroom manager at Nova FM, said : “Mobile journalism is the journalism future. It doesn’t matter what area of reporting you go into.
“Understanding how to report from a scene using mobile, app based, individually operated equipment is what the industry is now expecting from its journos. Already journalists are adapting and learning how to use this technology in the field."
“For a news organisation it’s all about creating the most cost effective, versatile newsroom. Mojo is its next evolution. A candidate who applies for any role, who is specifically Mojo trained, will immediately stand out from the pack.”
Smart phone technology is finally high-end enough to produce quality photography, video and audio files. In the new course, to be launched in Sydney and Melbourne in February 2015, students will explore, experiment and apply the latest apps to produce digital media for broadcast and photojournalism. The Mojo students work will be featured on the college’s own newsroom, newsroom.macleay.net.
“It’s a declaration of our confidence in the future of journalism,” said Stephen Davis, Head of Journalism at Macleay College. “Students must be trained for the journalism jobs of the future, not the jobs of the past. That is why Macleay’s new Degree and Diploma programs are teaching story telling skills in use by some of the world’s most progressive media outlets, such as our scholarship partner, the not for profit citizen journalism Centre for Investigative Reporting in California.”
The Mojo unit will run for 12 weeks each trimester. At the completion of the unit the student will be able to understand file management, pre and post production techniques, codec design, broadcast design, workflow, shooting/recording techniques, editing and digital publishing. They will be able to experiment with mobile phone apps to produce quality podcasts, radio and video news packages, and video blogs.