On 10 February, Mariupol State University hosted a workshop on "Mobile Journalism" by Lizzie Powell, a lecturer from film, TV and digital production at Bath Spa University (UK). It brings journalism students and teachers from Ukrainian universities together online.
The workshop was organised by the Social Communications Department at MSU and supported by the Media Development Fund of the US Embassy in Ukraine.
At the beginning of the event, the Dean of the Faculty of Philology and Mass Communications, Professor Svitlana Bezchotnikova, congratulated the participants. She noted that the opportunity to see the academic community came about thanks to two projects: Erasmus + DESTIN "Journalism Education for Democracy in Ukraine: Developing Standards, Integrity and Professionalism" and MediaHub.
DESTIN Project Coordinator, European Project Development Manager, Professor Ian Gadd of Bath Spa University focused on the development of democracy in Ukraine and the transformation of journalism involving universities. For his part, Professor Volodymyr Rizun, Director of the Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, noted that the international project promotes the exchange of experience and the acquisition of new knowledge about mobile journalism from European practitioners.
During the workshop, Lizzie Powell shared with participants her 20 years' experience of working in the newsroom at BBC Television and Radio. The trainer analysed classic and "mobile" reporting, discussed the advantages and disadvantages of mobile journalism, in particular horizontal and vertical shooting, and introduced the specifics of news writing.
The advantage of Mojo – mobile journalism – is the immediate proximity to events, the use of different approaches to storytelling and questioning, and the accessibility, speed, and easy uploading to social media,
– Lizzie Powel.
Participants in the workshop asked the media specialist about the similarities between mobile and citizen journalism, the technical component of preparing stories, and video content from the TikTok social network as a type of mobile journalism. The speaker also advised paying attention to detail and establishing good relations with the people the journalists are reporting on.
All participants in the workshop received certificates.