Mobile Journalism Kicks Newspapers to the Curb

Newspapers and magazines are slowly becoming a thing of the past. People are rapidly turning to the Internet to satisfy their need to stay in touch with the world. It’s fast, free and has unlimited possibilities.

In 2015, everyone is on the go, even journalists. Mobile reporting and live blogging are faster alternatives to reading or watching the daily news. Recently, journalists have been converting their news-gathering to the online world.

ABC News has gone from a radio station, to television and is now taking steps in live blogging. ABC’s most recent live blog was updated minute by minute by reporter Alyssa Newcomb on February 10 and was about the SpaceX Dragon‘s return from orbit.

The SpaceX Dragon is a spacecraft that is partially made up of reusable materials and is capable of transporting people and cargo items to nearby orbiting locations.

“The capsule is set to detach from the space station at 2:09 pm and begin its journey back to Earth,” Newcomb said in her live blog.

The space craft had been orbiting the International Space Station since January when it delivered cargo and Christmas gifts, according to the live blog.

Newcomb gave short updates from the scene in California on the blog. Each of the updates were posted a minute apart, making her blog a perfect example for real-time reporting. The newest updates Newcomb posted were not posted on top of the older posts, however. That was one set back of her blog–having to scroll down to get the end results.

Screenshot from Alyssa Newcomb's live blog on ABC. These two posts were put up within two minutes of each other.
Screenshot from Alyssa Newcomb’s live blog on ABC. These two posts were put up within two minutes of each other.

Along with her own updates, Newcomb embedded tweets from other sources, like NASA, SpaceX and some astronauts. She also shared a few videos via Vine and YouTube on her blog. One thing Newcomb did not do is live tweet during this event. She tweet out once on her Twitter account that she would be covering the event on ABC, but she put no further updates on her Twitter.

However, there were options on each of the blog posts that allowed readers to share the updates on Twitter or Facebook.

One of the tweets Newcomb shared on her blog.

This example of mobile journalism is not perfect, but it is useful in showing how a reporter can weave together a story using the Internet and social media. The tweets Newcomb shared and videos she posted helped to add color to her own updates at the scene and was able to make a reader feel like they were getting the inside scoop of the story.

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