The Experts

Expert testimony: Richard Koci Hernandez
Ford Foundation Media Fellow, UC Berkeley - Journalism Grad. School
"[Mobile journalism] IS the future. I wish I had a crystal ball, but I'm old enough to know better than to make comments about the future, who knows, but one thing is certain, viewers will be consuming more and more journalism content on these devices and it only makes sense that journalist will create that content on mobile devices."
"The most difficult is getting people to take you seriously."
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Expert testimony: Gary Hairlson
Interactive/Multimedia Department, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"And now, all of the media is on the same playing field. First TV had live trucks and then we all had websites. Traditionally, newspapers have the most staffing - we have the resources and the know-how. There’s no reason why we shouldn't be the leader in this."

"A lot of people don't do it enough and they don't want to do it because they say things like I am 'going to screw it up.' If you want to be a better writer, you write. If you want to be a better photographer, you take photos. Same thing."
Expert testimony: Melissa Lyttle
Photojournalist, St. Petersburg Times (FL)
"Mobile phones are a double-edged sword. Some places are dictated by accountants and corporate offices, and when it comes down to it the iPhone is cheaper and the pictures are fine."
"It comes down to just being another tool in your bag. Like any tool, the job should dictate when you use it."
Expert testimony: Stephen Quinn
Mobile Journalism Expert, Mainly in Southeast Asia and based in Australia
"People who make the decisions, editors, chief-of-staff don’t know enough about the technology to see what’s possible."

"I don’t know what the future (of mobile technology) is, really it depends on the imagination of the people using the technology. You can come up with uses no one else knows about. There's so much potential here, and it is only limited by the breadth of our imagination."
Expert testimony: Tiffany Campbell
Multimedia Producer for
"We’ve learned a lot by trial and error. I would say we’ve had times when the technology failed or when we were stymied by the wrong or inappropriate equipment."

"I hate to make predictions. I will say that the technology and expectations are headed in the direction that mobile will be expected and not unusual. As in, you’ll file and report using whatever tools/means are necessary and make sense for the journalism."
Expert testimony: Ray Meese
Visual Editor, Ventura County Star (CA)
"The only real limitations we face right now pertain to image and video quality. While the iPhone4 has improved video quality, it still falls short as a video camera in many ways."

"When it comes to fires, big wrecks… that sort of breaking news, people seem to care less what the quality is like - they just want to see it and they want to see it right after it happened. To this extent, I think mobile journalism will really flourish."

"In general, I think newsrooms are still far behind where they could be."