By Bill Shepherd
Videos have the power to tell stories very quickly, while adding authenticity to a piece. At the Guardian we do a lot of live-blogging to capture stories as they are happening. These live-blogs often include videos or photographs taken out in the field and is where mobile journalism is a really valuable tool. Footage filmed on a mobile can really capture the atmosphere and illustrate the story.
“The beauty of using mobiles to film is that they are familiar. They are small, friendly and unintimidating. People are accustomed to friends and family taking photos and videos of them using a mobile, so using one professionally means you can get a more relaxed interview. Plus, it is often said that the best camera is the one we have and everyone has a mobile in their pocket.
Bill Shepherd teaches mobile and video journalism using smartphones.