Preparation begins well before you head to a story. There’s nothing more frustrating than when something that could have easily been prevented goes wrong in the field. So, don’t wait until you’re in the field to complete this checklist. Store this mobile journalism checklist in your “go” bag.
Do you have all the gear you normally use? Mic(s), headphones, monopod, etc.
Do you have enough memory on your device(s)? Check your device settings for this information.
Are your devices charged? What about your portable charger? Did you remember your car charger?
Do you have batteries for equipment that needs them?
Do you have all the cords for your devices?
Do you have all the social media and production apps on your phone that you’ll need to get the job done?
Have you tested the mic(s) you plan on using?
Have you searched for locations where you can tap into wi-fi, if you need it? Certain apps pinpoint on a map where public wi-fi spots are located.
Recharge and repack as soon as you get home or back to the newsroom!
Students test Glass and discuss how it can be used by journalists.
Journalist Ruth Papazian discusses how she uses Glass for reporting in the Bronx.
Harmony Spencer ’14 snaps a “selfie.”
Journalism professor Anthony Adornato shows students how Google Glass works. His view through Glass is reflected on the classroom screen.
Students in the mobile and social media journalism course at Ithaca College are experimenting with Google Glass. Teams of students developed ideas for Google Glass apps and explored ways in which Glass could be used to produce content. Pick your favorite idea below!
Launched last year, Glass is basically a small, wearable computer. Right now, the only way to purchase Glass is through an invite from Google. About a dozen faculty and staff members at IC were invited to be beta testers, known as Glass Explorers.
We’re rockin’ and rollin’. Keep up the good work, and remember the importance of meeting deadlines! Complete the following items by 11:59 p.m., Saturday February 15:
Two blog posts: one related to your beat. In the second post, reflect upon the readings, particularly We the Media, and how social media is impacting journalism. I will grade this week’s posts. Make sure you review the blog grading criteria.
Share both blog entries via Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and LinkedIn.
Comment on one of your classmate’s blog posts.
Google Plus: Make this profile consistent with those of your other SM platforms. Add me and 10 others to your circles.
LinkedIn: Endorse at least five people, and write one recommendation.
If you haven’t done so already, add the Twitter widget to your website. I also recommend adding a widget for your professional Facebook page.