As the journalism industry has shifted to online platforms, the traditional role of journalists has changed immensely. With the number of people employed in newsrooms constantly decreasing, journalists are often expected to write their own story, take their own photos and videos, write their headlines and then edit the article themselves.
Journalists are becoming a one man band.
As Jessica Hinchliffe of the ABC puts it, “journalists are becoming a one man band”.
To stay on top of it all, Jessica and other ABC journalists carry around a special kit of media goodies to make sure they are always prepared in the field. This is what Jessica says all serious journalists should have.
1. Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabiliser
This device is a stand that allows you to record steady videos on your iPhone. As the device is weighted it keeps your phone straight while recording videos. Theses babies are valued at $400 a piece but if you are serious about your video work they are a sound investment. Jessica says that high quality filming is essential in keeping people engaged so an Osmo is a must.
2. iRig Microphone
This is a microphone that plugs straight into your iPhone. Jessica suggests getting one that uses the lightning connector rather than the headphone hole, because it is much more secure. “This is one of the best tips I can give you,” she said.
Canon 7D Camera
A camera is a must have to take all those important photos. It has a zoom lens that allows photos to be taken from a distance which is not possible from an iPhone.
An iPhone has become a must for journalists, it’s important to get applications and is used to record videos. It also provides constant connection to the internet and colleagues.
Report It App
This app is popular amongst journalists as it allows you to record high quality audio in the field that gets sent straight back to the news room.