Colin Daileda is a young reporter from Mashable.com who is sent around the country to report on the latest stories. While his Twitter feed is currently filled with videos and pictures of the massive snowfall in Boston this past weekend, I think that his mobile reporting on the Chapel Hill Shooting of three Muslim students in North Carolina showcases Daileda’s ability to use his cell phone and his journalistic intuition as a means of solid, modern reporting.
While having live text Twitter updates on a breaking news story can be really beneficial, Daileda uses a lot of high quality photos posted in real time, which really brings the viewer into the story. I think this is his strongest skill as a mobile reporter, posting 33 pictures during the Chapel Hill Vigil which lasted for about two days.
I think you can see how each photo has a purpose in telling the story, whether it be showing the size of the crowd, or getting the gist of what was said during a speech at the vigil.
In my opinion, not all of his photos are completely necessary, but this is the benefit of digital journalism: there really isn’t any limit on what you can post. Mobile reporting is a difficult trade and a lot of times, you take what you can get with a cellphone in order to get a full sense of the story.
Not only does he have the consistency and immediacy of posting dozens of photos and videos on his Twitter feed, but he has the reporting to back it up. He also tweets out quotes and general observations, which can act as his reporting notes for when he goes to write the story later. Daileda’s tweets don’t add to a feed of garbage but give important details about what it’s like to be in his shoes, in real time. This is especially important for a story that gained as much national attention as this one.
He also is linking to what other people have to say about the event, adding to the community atmosphere of conversation that comes with Twitter, which I firmly believe is the only real way that Daileda could do mobile reporting and have people notice. Why report on something in real time if no one is going to be on the other end of the line reading it? The connectivity and immediacy of Twitter allowed Daileda to let his readers peek into his reporting notebook, but the transparency of posting on social media demands excellence and verification right from the get-go, making this an excellent example of mobile journalism.