Mobile Journalism with MDL
Mobile journalism (a.k.a mojo) is a form of digital storytelling where the primary device used for capturing images, audio and video is a smartphone.
Many mobile journalists may use other portable devices like laptops, DSLRs, or audio recorders into their workflow, but smartphones are at the heart of mobile journalism. Mobiles are increasingly used by journalists to capture audio for radio news and podcasts, and video for TV news, documentaries and social media platforms.
If you are a mobile journalist, teach journalism or are just looking for more information on the topic, you've come to the right place.
This page is dedicated to the rapidly growing world of mojo.
Moondog Labs is committed to supplying mobile journalists the tools they need to succeed in the field. Below are additional resources to assist teachers and journalists alike in becoming better story tellers.
One of the best resources for mobile journalists is the Mobile Journalism Manual. From beginner to veteran, this website contains information on every aspect of mojo: finding a story and location, shot types and angles, going live on social media and so much more.
Gear recommendations are also vital part of the Mobile Journalism Manual and Moondog Labs is on their list.
It is highly recommended that mobile journalists use an external audio capture for their setup. Mounting a microphone to a rig like BeastGrip Pro is a perfect solution, and a BeastGrip Pro Lens Mounting Plate allows for attachment of external lenses to your rig.
Attaching filters to your smartphone is another way to capture high quality imagery. Our selection of filter mounts, like the Multi-Camera Filter Mount or 52mm Filter Mount - 12.5mm Thread, allow mojos to get the look they desire by attaching the filters directly to a smartphone case.
The Mobile Journalism Guide is published by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), a German political foundation focusing on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations. Konrad Adenauer, the name giver of the organization, took leadership in guiding the Germans back to democracy after the collective trauma of the Holocaust and WWII, coined the phrase: “When everybody else thinks it’s the end, we have to begin.” That is their mission.
KAS also produces the Mojo Asia Conference which is inspiring journalists around the globe to think outside the box. Smartphones are the right tool to defend journalism in a world that finds itself in a prolonged state of emergency and will need to invent itself newly.
This year's event is entirely virtual, taking place June 25-27, 2020.
Documentary Filmmaker Larry Engel worked on projects for organizations like National Geographic and PBS. In the recent Mobile Creator Summit by FiLMiC Pro and LumaFusion, Larry dishes out great advice he's harvested over four decades of work in the film industry.
One of his best information nuggets is "the best mojo device is always with you. Know how to use it." For example, when your subject is stationary, use camera movement. He goes on to demonstrate how he captures conventional camera movements on a smartphone using his body.
The next step in creating smooth cinematic motion is using a mobile gimbal like Zhiyun Smooth 4 or a DJI Osmo. Moondog Labs carries counterweights to help balance out your gimbal when using an external lens. With a gimbal, an external lens, and a counterweight combined it becomes easier to capture imagery that turns the mundane into the extraordinary.
Mojofest is the world's longest running smartphone content creator festival. This year's event, like so many public events, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Their website and social media channels are certainly worth keeping an eye on for rescheduling and future events.