Anti-cuts march: Mobile Journalism in Action

Posted: March 30, 2011 by Emma Dibdin in News, Opinion
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by Emma Dibdin

If there’s one thing better than a friend, it’s a friend with chocolate. So the old adage goes. For the purposes of this blog, though, the only thing better than a friend is a friend who provides you with handy, colourful everyday examples of mobile journalism.

Five days ago, on Saturday 26 March, around 500,000 people marched through Central London in protest against the coalition Government’s public sector cuts. You may have heard about it.

I’m not going to get into a debate about cuts, or the definition of peaceful protest, or the conduct of the police force. What I am going to do is talk briefly about my friend Sophie Monks Kaufman, who was on the march, and later sent me the following report via the noble media of MMS:

Aside from being angry, articulate and politically active, Sophie is also something of an ace reporter. And like any ace reporter, she knows her smartphone is her best friend. On one level, this is just one friend texting photos to another to illustrate an anecdote. On another, it’s a mobile journalist sharing photos with their audience in order to back up a story.

Do you have any examples of everyday mobile journalism? Let us know with a comment!

  1. Kate says:

    Wow this is great – if you wanna check out the data behind the protests check out our post

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