Smartphone: The Swiss Army Knife of Journalists

According to Merriam Webster, smartphone is a mobile telephone that can be used to send and receive e-mail, connect to the Internet, take photographs, etc.

image source: BBC

Currently, almost everyone owns a smartphone – some even own more than one. Smartphone topped the 101 Gadgets That Changed the World list by the Popular Mechanics with its “limitless potential”.

Even now, smartphone already has so many functions which help not only the public, but also journalists.

In fact, up until now there are so many great journalism works made by smartphone. (For example)

Smartphone features – its mobility, camera and video functions, audio notes, editing and interconnectivity with the internet, have made smartphone a very convenient and efficient tool for journalists to carry around.

image source: Glen Mulcahy’s

Journalism has evolved tremendously over the past decade. Reporter’s job has now become more easy and comfortable. Gone are the days when one had to travel with a pen and a notebook while reporting a certain event. A smartphone now functions as both and helps you do wonders.

–  Insha Lateef, Reporter of Kashmir Observer

A smartphone now can do the work of so many tools. A work which had to be done by 3 to 4 people who have to utilise big equipment, can now be done by a single person with a small light smartphone.

Therefore, it is undeniable that smartphone is such a crucial tool for journalists.

The video below summarises the importance of smartphone for a journalist:


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Jennifer Lie

A second year student in Bachelor of Communications of Deakin University. Majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. Currently working in BUSET Magazine, Indonesian community magazine as a journalist. Did an internship in Kiroyan Partners, a public affairs consultancy firm.

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