Being a journalist seems like a tough job, especially when they have to move into areas without proper reach or electricity. Nokia and Reuters have united to create a mobile journalism toolkit, which will help citizen journalists and reports to cover stories from any remote corner of the globe (even places without electricity).
This toolkit includes an N95 phone, Sony external microphone, keyboard for faster text-based typing, a tripod and a solar charger.
The idea of recording audio into the N95 using an external microphone sounds awesome. I’ve been using a N95 for a while, but I’m left wondering if my N95 ever had the input feature in it. Hopefully, Nokia will start selling the audio recording add-on used in this project.
Reuters and Nokia find their mojo with N95-based mobile journalism kitCheck this link for the original.
Picked by Caspar Field on October 24th, 2007 in Culture, Mobile video
In one of the first uses that could justifiably support Nokia’s claim that the N95 is a ‘multimedia computer’, its Nokia Research Center (NRC) has partnered with respected news organisation Reuters to turn the handset into the centrepiece of a mobile journalism kit.
By adding a fold-up keyboard, tripod, microphone and Power Monkey charging kit (either solar-powered or standard), the N95 became usable as a news-gathering device. NRC then developed a special mobile journalism application which allows reports, photos, videos and so-on to be uploaded to the Reuters service.
This kind of use really brings to life the ‘multimedia computer’ concept, and seems like a truly viable tool for news gathering. You can check out some example reports from the on-going trials over at the Reuters MoJo site.