1st Edition

Mobile-First Journalism Producing News for Social and Interactive Media

By Steve Hill, Paul Bradshaw Copyright 2019
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Media publishers produce news for a full range of smart devices – including smartphones, tablets and watches. Combining theory and practice, Mobile-First Journalism examines how audiences view, share and engage with journalism on internet-connected devices and through social media platforms.

    The book examines the interlinked relationship between mobile technology, social media and apps, covering the entire news production process – from generating ideas for visual multimedia news content, to skills in verification and newsgathering, and outputting interactive content on websites, apps and social media platforms. These skills are underpinned with a consideration of ethical and legal concerns involving fake news, online trolling and the economics of mobile journalism.

    Topics include:

    • understanding how mobile devices, social media platforms and apps are interlinked;
    • making journalistic content more engaging and interactive;
    • advice on how successful news publishers have developed mobile and social media strategies;
    • adopting an approach that is entrepreneurial and user-centered;
    • expert interviews with journalists, academics and software developers;
    • learning key skills to launch and develop news websites, apps and social media outputs.

    Mobile-First Journalism is essential reading for journalism students and media professionals and of interest to those studying on courses in social and new media.



    Introduction: Mobile and social media journalism - past, present and future

    Chapter 1: Understanding the user 

    Chapter 2: The Mojo skillset

    Chapter 3: Fake news and trolling 

    Chapter 4: Finding the story: verifying the news

    Chapter 5: The art of storytelling

    Chapter 6: Visual journalism, video and audio

    Chapter 7: Publishing directly to social media

    Chapter 8: Publishing news to the Web 

    Chapter 9: Building news apps


    Steve Hill is Course Leader of the MA in Multimedia Journalism at Westminster University, London. Previously, he lectured at Southampton Solent University, UK, and has a background in technology journalism. His books include Online Journalism: The Essential Guide (with Dr. Paul Lashmar, 2013).

    Paul Bradshaw is Course Leader for both the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism and the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University, UK. He also works as a consulting data journalist with the BBC England Data Unit. His books include Magazine Editing (with John Morrish, 2011), Snapchat for Journalists (2016), and the Online Journalism Handbook (2018).

    ‘This book provides a clear and concise guide to the skills required for digital journalism and should be required reading for all those learning the trade. With an up-to-date assessment of the many real-world challenges faced by journalists today, from fake news and social media to algorithms and AI, Hill and Bradshaw explore the transformative impact of technology on the industry.’

    David Batty, The Guardian

    ‘This book recognises that journalism and how we do it has changed forever. It offers practical advice on how to do mobile and social media journalism well, at the same time as engaging in the critical discourse around journalism. It will be an invaluable resource for journalism educators, students and journalists.’

    Margaret Hughes, Chair of the AJE and Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of the West of Scotland, UK

    ‘Steve Hill and Paul Bradshaw are leaders in online journalism education and superb communicators. Mobile First Journalism lays out what you need to know to be an effective MoJo (mobile journalist). Importantly for students, Hill and Bradshaw neatly integrate practice and theory detailing leading thinkers’ insights into digital journalism past, present and future.’

    Paul Lashmar, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department of Journalism at City, University of London, UK