By Lexa Deckert & Sarah Redohl
When we first began this project, we already knew that journalism was shifting in a new direction. Whether or not mobile journalism would play a large role was unknown. After our experiences this semester, we believe mobile journalism will be a part of the evolution of the industry.
The problem mobile journalism faces is a lack of knowledge among industry professionals of its abilities and quality. A first hand example that we recently encountered was with Bruce Wallace of the Boone County Journal. After Wallace used the mobile kit he decided to buy the kit for two other papers that he manages. A large preconception of the news world seems to be the that the quality of mobile technology can not match larger, more advanced equipment. Wallace changed his mind after using the mobile kit. “It’s not the quality of the equipment bringing it down, the quality is awesome. The biggest problem is the quality way out-distanced the ability of the guy using it.”
The technology may continue to improve, but without adoption within the industry journalists can continue to believe the technology does not exist. Our final contribution as students of the Missouri School of Journalism is to advise the school to better incorporate this technology, so other students can see the benefits of mobile journalism that we had the opportunity to experience this semester.