Award-winning mobile editor and reporter Yusuf Omar says mobile journalism has empowered youth to press the red button and tell their own stories.
Omar's career in mobile journalism began when he hitchhiked from South Africa to Syria with a cellphone and a small camera and began reporting from the frontlines of the Syrian war.
He was snapped up as a frontline reporter by eNCA, and then the Hindustan Times in India, where he built up the world’s largest mobile journalism team – training 750 reporters to tell stories using their cellphones.
Omar is now a renowned senior social reporter based in CNN’s London Bureau and teaches major newsrooms around the world about how to tell stories online.
A mojo (mobile journalist) basically means to shoot, edit , produce and broadcast using one device: the mobile phone that's in your pocket.— Yusuf Omar, mobile editor and reporter
I pride myself as being a jeans journalist, every piece of equipment I need to tell a story should fit into my pocket.— Yusuf Omar, mobile editor and reporter
Omar says mobile journalism has evolved from being the cheapest and fastest to being the most intimate way for newsrooms to get stories out.
People, when interviewed with a mobile phone, I often forget that the device is there.— Yusuf Omar, mobile editor and reporter
Omar spoke about some of his most ground-breaking work and the relationship between traditional and social media.
He also explored fake news and how newsrooms and internet users can verify information posted on social media.
Take a listen to the riveting discussion:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Mobile journalism empowers youth to tell compelling stories - CNN's Yusuf Omar