According to computer scientists, cell phones are changing how we live and how we think about information.

The advancement of cell phones has brought rise to mobile reporting. Reporters no longer have to depend on photographers or camera crews to capture an event, and can now rely on their handy-dandy multi-purpose cell phones. And if they aren’t at the scene to capture footage, they can turn to news consumers.

Mobile reporting is especially helpful in breaking news situations when others arrive at a scene before professional journalists, according to Briggs. Mobile reporting allows anyone with a cell phone to contribute images, videos and/or information that journalists do not have in order to complete a story.

Always, always, always:

  • Keep it simple. Minimize equipment.
  • Be prepared. Have all the tools needed to report in any medium – at anytime, from anywhere.

How to publish while on the field:

When to go mobile?

  • Criminal and civil trials
  • Important speeches or announcements by public officials
  • Breaking news events
  • Public gatherings (protests, parades, rallies)
  • Sporting events
  • Grand openings of popular consumer destinations

And remember, for a mobile journalist, the deadline is now.