Somewhere, some vlogger is whining that the Tonight Show or Daily Show hosts aren’t holding the phone/camera right. And I guess it’s understandable. A Mobile Journalist (MoJo) would have a similar sentiment when they see other journalists post about producing stories at home during quarantine.
MoJo has a different meaning to everyone who learns or teaches it. But something most agree on is that it’s the skills you need to get a story out with whatever resources are available. Not letting the lack of expensive equipment or high speed internet stop you. And that’s what a lot of creators are doing either because they can’t afford it, or observing quarantine. At least that’s how it starts.
Then you start realising that the footage and photos put through compressions of social media make it extremely hard and borderline impossible to tell what they were shot on — a $10,000 camera or $1,000 phone. And eventually you realise that while a camera can get you that gorgeous closeup — which you can get quite close to on a phone with some help — it will never be able to edit the footage as well as the apps like Kinemaster [tutorial coming soon] can. And that’s when you get to the point where you get annoyed at someone for making a big deal about shooting on the phone for a broadcast show, while you’ve been doing it day in, day out for years. And some for even decades.
What also can’t be ignored is that these instances lead to the increasing acceptance and encouragement of MoJos. Whether it’s lack of funds or access, phones have made it possible to make content not just easier to consume but also create.