Northrup continued the discussion with his experience in the newsroom and helping with changeovers with multimedia.
He said newsrooms hire journalists because they’re skeptical in nature, so training them isn’t that difficult.
It’s obvious that journalism needs change, but newsrooms are looking for structure and appraisal of workflow; they want to see these things maintained throughout the process.
“They’re on board with all of that,” Northrup said. “They all want to be effective.”
Latour added that mobile news gathering change is constant, and a lot of journalists are participating.
“We’re beyond skepticism at this point,” he said.
An audience member asked what newsrooms have implemented the technology.
A variety of newsrooms and TV stations across the world wanted to implement these types of tools, Northrup answered.
Another audience member asked about the focus and function of the MoJo device.
Burum said the main focus was on storytelling using the handheld MoJo device, known as the mobile journalist.
If you train MoJo, it’ll do its own job, he said.