Here is the third and last part of our interview to Glen Mulcahy, focussing specially on the first international event on the topic of video and mobile devices: the Mobile Journalism Conference that will take place in Dublin, 27 & 28 March 2015. Oscar and I will be there to tell you all about it, and to show you what will be taking place at the Convention Center in Dublin.
We would like to thank Glen Mulcahy again for his collaboration with eltalleraudiovisual.com, and to Pilar Oncina for the translation to Spanish. If you prefer to read the interview in Spanish, just follow this link.
Glen, let’s talk about MojoCon Ireland, the very first international conference specialized in mobile journalism, what is it going to offer?
RTÉ Mojocon has been incubating for a long time. The conference has three unique strands.
- The core concept is to create an event which facilitates the gathering together of the global community of Mojo pioneers, innovators, practitioners and trainers and with them create a forum to share their knowledge and experiences.
- In parallel to the conference sessions there is an exhibition which will have some of the leading Mojo App developers, hardware and accessory makers and companies to demonstrate and sell their products,
- Then finally the third strand is to offer a range of training courses and workshops to empower the delegates to begin or enhance their mobile content creation.
The conference is really about storytelling and empowering the delegates to learn from case-studies of what others have done or are doing. Explore and if appropriate buy the accessories you might need for your particular mojo content and then learn, hands on, with some of the leading trainers from around the world.
Its important to point out the event is not just strictly about journalism. There are sessions on smartphone film-making, photography, social media, innovation and new technology.
Who is your target audience for MojoCon?
The obvious answer is journalists or journalism students but in fact the event is targeted at an even broader more dynamic audience. We would like to see media students, communications students, public relations staff, NGO’s, media company (radio, online, print, tv) management, community leaders all taking part as each can learn how to implement mobile content creation in their career and video is the language of communication now.
Our company, YOS Contenidos, is increasingly receiving requests to offer video recording courses for mobile devices, from the most different areas of society. How do you interpret this growing interest for such professional training?
I think people are starting to realise that being always connected, with ever faster speeds means that video is now a viable communication solution for them to connect with their audience or market. The once prohibitive costs of broadcast equipment or services is now within their reach. Many see the results being created online on YouTube and Vimeo and are inspired to try for themselves -this is the very ethos of MojoCon. But one of the key things they realise quite quickly is that in spite of the fact that shooting a video on the phone is super easy there are real skills and knowledge required to create stories of a standard that match the professional content they see every day – this is where mojo training comes in. The skills and discipline learned is what sets the enthusiastic novice apart from the seasoned professional.
For an innovation expert such as yourself, please do tell us, what do you think the future for video recordings made with smartphones holds in store for us?
I’m really excited by the new range of “immersive experience” products that are growing in momentum right now. Oculus Rift may seem a step too far for the public (or may not) but the range of immersive headsets that are now available, many using the very high resolution screens of mobile phones to drive them, are an indicators that there is a new wave of 360 degree video coming at us very fast.
The other part of that equation is how do you create content for these headsets? A range of cheap 360 cameras are coming out this year which are all roughly in the same price range as Gopros and other action cameras, making them very accessible. Mobile devices are being used to drive and control these cameras and I think in time we will see mobile using able to edit this 360 content and share it and also become a portal for live streaming the 360 video content.
“Its that not a move away from the camera in your pocket concept”? You might say. Yes is the answer but as cameras continue to get better and better in mobile I think we will continue to see the growth and adoption of them as multimedia storytelling and content creation devices well into the future, in fact I think they will become more mainstream in the media as the move towards 4K becomes more accessible through mobile. Mojo is here for the foreseeable future, the question is when will you adopt it?
Many thanks for your generosity Glen, and for sharing your time and your knowledge with us, and with the readers of eltalleraudiovisual.com
This is it; we have reached the end of the interview to Glen Mulcahy hoping that it has been as interesting to you as it has been to us. We will continue talking about Mobile Journalism, specially after the upcoming Mobile Journalism Conference that will take place in Dublin shortly.
Until next time!