From my research in this essay, it is clear that advances in broadcast technology have had a big impact in the way that traditional broadcasters produce and present news and how viewers consume news. News broadcasters rely on mobile footage and reportage from eye witnesses when there are no journalists on the ground, although few are willing to move further into mobile journalism. Those news outlets who have moved into mobile journalism, such as RTÉ, have found it to be a positive move.
We have seen that broadcasters’ and viewers’ preconceptions about the quality of mobile journalism are outdated and viewers do not notice a difference in quality whether a news report is filmed on a regular video camera or mobile phone.
The ubiquity of mobile phones, the quality of their cameras and the widespread use of social media has, on certain occasions such as the Arab Spring, have facilitated real change that otherwise may not have occurred.
While mobile phones are everywhere and anyone is now a potential journalist, the fact is that we still rely on the investigative and storytelling skills of journalists, but more than ever before, we are connected to the wider world through our mobile phones and social media, and if a news story happens anywhere in the world, we may hear about it from first hand accounts on social media before we see it on the news.