The Mobile Storytelling Podcast

The Mobile Storytelling Podcast

By Wytse Vellinga & Bjorn Staschen
The smartphone is the ultimate storytelling tool - for journalists, filmmakers, podcasters and all the other inhabitants of the smartphone universe. In this podcast the journalists Björn Staschen and Wytse Vellinga share alle the tipps and tools based on their 2018 handbook "Mobile Storytelling". They talk to well-known journalists who know the technology well and reflect current developments.
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Episode 4: Covering the Covid pandemic from within the IC Ward in Italy

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Episode 5: The gift and the curse
“My God, I didn´t know my phone could do that!" Glen Mulcahy still gets this reaction, nearly a decade after he started training journalists in how to tell a story with their smartphone. Glen started a movement: He founded the "Mobile Journalism Conference" (later turned into "MojoFest"). He even left his job as technology lead with the Irish public-service broadcaster RTE to concentrate on bringing mobile journalism to journalists worldwide. "The smartphone poses a chance and a danger to journalism at the same time, the volume of content being produced these days is a gift and a curse, all in one go." "Stop worrying about office space," he tells media companies during the #corona pandemic, "but build a completely mobile eco system." By this, journalism could become the lifeblood of a community again.
39:44
June 15, 2020
Episode 4: Covering the Covid pandemic from within the IC Ward in Italy
“You want to be as invisible as possible." During the corona pandemic, RAI-3-journalist Nico Piro has reported from Italy´s hotspots. He was one of the first TV reporters to film in an emergency hospital built during the crisis in Bergamo - with his smartphone. "In such a hospital, there´s pain, there´s suffering", he tells us in our podcast. "So you don´t want to invade the place." His smartphone was small enough for him to blend into the surrounding, to respect difficult situation patients and staff were in. An the phone was easy enough to clean after working in a ward with a high viral charge. Before corona, Nico has worked as foreign correspondent for the TG 3 news programme covering the war in Afghanistan and other areas of the world - partly also with his smartphone. The important thing for him: It´s the story that counts, and the smartphone is one tool to tell a story. He also thinks the phone is great for beginners to learn their ropes in journalism.
35:48
May 23, 2020
Episode 3: Put A Sock On It
There is a time when a sock might play an important role in mobile journalism. It´s not our trick, but it´s a good trick! And it´s one of the tricks, ideas and thougts we have gathered around microphones in this edition of the mobile storytelling podcast: How good are the mics build into your phone? Which mics are the ones you should buy if you´re on a budget and have money to spend for one microphone? What mics do you need for video interviews, which ones for podcasts? Wytse and Bjoern have collected their thoughts on microphones in this 3rd edition of the Mobile Storytelling Podcast.
29:19
May 7, 2020
Episode 2: Training refugees
"For them, Mobile Storytelling really makes a difference." Sara Hteit is training young refugees in Lebanese camps in how to tell their story with their smartphone. Her trainings are funded by Deutsche Welle Academy, and some of her trainees even ended up working as journalists for media outlets in Lebanon. "We´re not only giving them a voice, we´re giving them hope, a purpose for what to do in live," she tells us in the third episode of our podcast. Her target group don´t own fancy iPhone models: "Mobile Journalism" in refugee camps means filming with an old Android phone, often without any accessories. With Covid-19, the situation has worsened: "Right now, our trainees in the camps are really struggling." Their smartphones become means of telling lockdown stories - and Sara herself can only be in touch via WhatsApp or video call as Lebanon has introduced strong Corona rules as well.
16:41
April 23, 2020
Episode 1: “We won’t go back to working the way we did before.”
"Recording into the couch might get you the best result." Nick Garnett is a legend in mobile reporting. He has been using his iPhone 3 GS to go live for the BBC more than a decade ago, and since then he has hardly done anything else than reporting from where the stories happened. In the first episode of the Mobile Storytelling Podcast, he shares his best tipps and tricks on how to report indepentendly from whereever you are - like not sitting on the couch but talking into it for better sound . We also asked Nick about his views on how journalism is changing during the #Corona pandemic and if home production with mobile tools finally sees its breakthrough: "We won't go back to working the way we did before."
32:20
April 15, 2020
The MobileStorytelling Podcast: Episode 0
The smartphone is the ultimate storytelling tool - for journalists, filmmakers, podcasters and all the other inhabitants of the smartphone universe. In this podcast the journalists Björn Staschen and Wytse Vellinga share alle the tipps and tools based on their 2018 handbook "Mobile Storytelling". They talk to well-known journalists who know the technology well and reflect current developments.   Subscribe to this podcast for all the latest apps, gear and mobile storytelling news. #journalism #filmmaking #podcasting #radio #tv   Find the hosts on Twitter: @WytseVellinga or @bjoernsta   Intro and Outro music (c) Arnav Srivastav - River Lounge (Get it on www.909music.com) via Soundcloud.com
26:34
April 5, 2020