1st Edition

Democratizing Journalism through Mobile Media The Mojo Revolution

By Ivo Burum Copyright 2016
    214 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Fuelled by a distrust of big media and the development of mobile technologies, the resulting convergence of journalism praxis (professional to alternative), workflows (analogue to multipoint digital) and platforms (PC to mobile), result in a 24-hour always-on content cycle. The information revolution is a paradigm shift in the way we develop and consume information, in particular the type we call news. While many see this cultural shift as ruinous, Burum sees it as an opportunity to utilize the converging information flow to create a galvanizing and common digital language across spheres of communication: community, education and mainstream media. Embracing the digital literacies researched in this book will create an information bridge with which to traverse journalism’s commercial precarity, the marginalization of some communities, and the journalism school curricula.

    1. Introduction

    2. Story in the Age of Social Media: A Theoretical Perspective

    3. Defining an Action Research Study and Methodologies

    4. Convergence at Click Speed

    5. Mojos Working in Communities

    6. Supplementary Workshops in Education and Media

    7. Training: A Common Cross-Spherical Pedagogical Bridge

    8. Recording Video and Audio and Editing on a Smartphone

    9. Conclusive Ways Forward


    Ivo Burum, PhD is Lecturer in Journalism at Deakin University, Australia. He runs Burum Media, a mojo and web TV consultancy that provides training for journalists, educators and remote communities internationally. He is the co-author of Mojo: The Mobile Journalism Handbook.

    "This book from one of the pioneers of mojo storytelling is an excellent introduction to the possibilities and potential of the smartphone through its intersection with journalism. Filled with personal experience, practical advice and theoretical reflection, Burum has produced an invaluable resource for teaching and research." -- Adrian Hadland, University of Stirling, UK