Mr. Ayaz Khan, Founder, MOJO (Mobile Journalism) Pakistan and Mr. Waqas Shahid, Co-Founder, MOJO Pakistan along with Mr. Gibran Ashraf, career journalist and journalism trainer, were invited as guest speakers at the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. This session was hosted by Dr. Erum Hafeez, Associate Professor, Media Studies Department, IoBM and her students from the class of Contemporary World Media. Dr. Hafeez thanked the invited guests for their time and was hopeful that this session will provide students with practical and hands-on knowledge of mobile journalism and production.
During the discussion, Mr. Khan, multimedia trainer, researcher, and technology specialist said that mobile journalism is all about empowering the individual storytellers. He explained that a social media user who uploads videos as eyewitness do not share a story or present any additional detail to it. However, a journalist will always reveal a compelling story and will have a vivid and objective angle while sharing the news on social media.
Mr. Ashraf said that gone are the days when video cameras were used to make videos. Today, Android and iOS-based Smartphones have evolved so much that you can download video editing applications in these phones to edit videos you shoot with the same phones. Mr. Khan delivered a mock video-making session by shooting a 30-second interview of a student. He edited the video on-the-spot on his phone by adding clips and reducing their duration, inserting audio and even completing the post-production process on his smartphone. The entire process took less than seven minutes.
Mr. Shahid, Director/Filmmaker from ‘Scene On Production’, asked students about their dreams and plans they would like to pursue after completing their Media Science degree. He advised them to always follow professional ethics and code of conduct while working in the industry, especially when shooting a video or reporting an incident. He advised them to remain true to your profession.
While Mr. Khan explained the technical details of how to make a video with a mobile phone, Mr. Shahid enlightened the students with the efforts journalists made when shooting in war-struck or sensitive areas. Mr. Ashraf further shared his hands-on experience with mobile journalism. He highlighted the contribution of social media and networking websites to the growth of mobile journalism in the modern world The views of the guest speakers were thoroughly appreciated and acknowledged by the students who also asked interesting questions during the end of this interactive guest speaker session. The session was concluded with the sharing of mementos and a vote of thanks.
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