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Television news with only a smartphone and drone

Presentation by Stephen Quinn, Professor, Kristiania University College

Moderator: Oscar Westlund, professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University

Sted: Pilestredet 48, P568 Dato og tid: onsdag 5. september 2018 kl. 14.30 - 16.30


Watch Stephen Quinn's presentation.

Television news is expensive to produce. News organisations are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs. Filming, editing and producing news with only mobile phones offers one way to cut costs. Using drones controlled by mobile phones are other ways to control costs, as well as producing powerful images. In the UK where the author is based it costs about GBP 1,000 an hour to hire a helicopter. A drone can take similar images for a fraction of the cost. This presentation to OsloMet will consider the evolution of television newsgathering using only a mobile phone in a selection of European and Nordic nations. This presentation is relevant for students because it will show how it is possible for one person to set up a business creating video with only a mobile device and make programs that can be sold to broadcasters. For teachers it is relevant because it shows new ways to teach using a mobile device, and also introduces new business models for journalism.


Stephen Quinn runs MOJO Media Insights, a digital consulting business, based in Brighton in the United Kingdom. He teaches media professionals how to make broadcast-quality videos using only an iOS device, and shows media organisations how to make money from producing interactive books using iBooks Author. Dr Quinn was the digital development editor at the  South China Morning Post  from 2011 until 2013. At the  Post  he helped re-launch the site that in November 2012 won the WAN/Ifra gold medal for best news website. He moved to the UK at the end of 2013. From 1996 to 2011 Professor Quinn, an Australian, was a journalism professor in Australia, the UAE, the US and China. Between 1975 and 1995 Dr Quinn was a journalist with Australian newspapers, the  Bangkok Post , the UK’s Press Association, BBC-TV, ITN,  The Guardian , and TVNZ. He has published 28 books, 17 as sole author, including four digital books using Apple’s iBooks Author. His most recent print book was  MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook  (Focal: Boston) co-written with Dr Ivo Burum. The third volume of the Asia’s Media Innovators series, Crowdsourcing in Asian Journalism , appeared in 2013, and the third edition of  MOJO: Mobile Journalism in the Asian Region  was published in 2012. Since 2013 Dr Quinn has produced about 300 videos using only an iOS device and taught mobile journalism in 18 countries. Examples of his videos can be found at  http://www.youtube.com/ningbomojo. He writes a weekly wine column syndicated to a range of daily newspapers and magazines in the Asian region. His web site is  https://sraquinn.org/