Off to the Involvement Fair for Assignment One

The Student Activities Center lobby will be one of the three locations where the Involvement Fair will take place on Feb. 11, 2015. Photo by Jimin Kim (Feb. 10, 2015).
The Student Activities Center Lobby will be one of the three locations where the Involvement Fair will take place on Feb. 11, 2015. Photo by Jimin Kim (Feb. 10, 2015).

By Jimin Kim

The Involvement Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballroom A, B and the Lobby at Stony Brook University will be a great event to cover through mobile journalism. At the event, campus clubs within the categories of academic, honor societies and performance groups will represent their respective organizations and try to recruit new members.

The fair is well-suited for a mobile journalist because of the frenetic pace of the occasion. A phone is the perfect all-in-one tool to document crowded events.

The SAC Ballrooms combined can hold nearly 1,000 people. Photo by Jimin Kim (Feb. 10, 2015).
The SAC Ballroom A , one of the venues that will hold the Involvement Fair, can fit up to 900 people. Photo by Jimin Kim (Feb. 10, 2015).

During the fair, a journalist may not have the time or room to set up a cumbersome Nikon DSLR and a tripod. A phone that’s easy to carry will be a better tool to capture fleeting moments.

For instance, one can photograph students walking around and interacting with different club representatives. A journalist can use his or her smart phone to shoot high-quality photos and videos and tweet in the middle of the event.

Finally, a phone is a better device than a large camera to cover a large social event such as the fair. In such an atmosphere, a mobile journalist is more likely to earn the trust of the people because he or she can blend in with the crowd, instead of appearing like a straight-laced journalist carrying bulky gear. Thus, with a phone, it will be easier to interview students at the event who are rushing around checking out different clubs.

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