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The british broadcasting giant is one of the televisions that is operating in the mobile journalism direction.

To do good mobile content creation you need good sources and this is one of the best. I’m talking about the activity and publications produced by the BBC Academy about what they call “smartphone journalism” and the explorations that the British giant of Her Majesty has been making for almost a decade in the world of mobile journalism and creation of content with smartphones and tablets.

It should be remembered, in fact, that some of the first experiments in the use of smartphones for the production of news were held at the headquarters of English TV and that, since the beginning of the history of this culture, the BBC has played a leading role in the transition of the old productive language typical of post-war broadcasters to a new language, more streamlined and more suited to new media, of our days.

Before the smartphone.

I run the risk of being wrong, reconstructing the story, but since the second half of the 1980s the BBC has supported the use of handycam to favor video journalists. Thanks to that breaking movement, compared to the heavy equipment used before, journalists and viewers of that TV have been accustomed to different images, closer, perhaps more raw, but more effective. Vivien Morgan, a journalist for that broadcaster, remembers and reconstructs those times that you can find in the book she wrote a few years ago and which is titled “Videojournalism: history, pioneers, theory and practice”. It was only the anticipation of mobile journalism that, from 2010, began to play an interesting role in the corridors of the English newsroom.

After the smartphone arrival.

In the following century, in the first decade of the 2000s, the BBC created the first internal video-journalism courses, in order to evolve the professionalism of its journalists hand in hand with technology. The VJ courses of the legendary Michael Rosenblum are still remembered, which is perceived by everyone as the grandfather of mobile journalism, with Irish journalist Glen Mulcahy playing the role of dad. After 2010 they started stable activities with the mobile journalism Mark Egan, Dougal Shaw, Conor Mc Namara, Nick Garnett and also Marc Settle who is now a reference figure as regards the teaching and dissemination of the mojo within the structure of the British Broadcasting Corporation .

Online publications: a true mojo encyclopaedia.

Here we are. Here you can find an extraordinary series of online content created on smartphone journalism by the BBC Academy of which Marc Settle is the most important reference point for this subject.

Smartphone journalism – BBC Academy

How to create broadcast quality video, audio and photos using iPhone or Android smartphones.

A chat with Marc Settle

Last June I had the occasion to interview Marc Settle about the job they are doing at BBC with mobile journalism. I hope you enjoy the interview and note that there are a couple of really interesting points of view about the moment of mojo. Mobile Journalism, in fact, has now to find a way to become productive and efficient and televisions have to win the reluctancy to introduce this kind of productive culture in to their normal workflow. TMS is here to help this process.

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