There is no denying the fact that smartphones have changed our lives. From education to medicine as well as communication, smartphones have had a profound effect on every field. However, it can be argued that the field of journalism has been benefitted the most by this technology. So, how have smartphones influenced the nitty gritty of journalism? Team KO poses this question to people from different walks of our society.
Insha Lateef •Reporter
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.
Suhail Bhat •Production Assistant
To be a reporter meant you had to be able to write quickly and efficiently. But today, you also responsible for clicking photos, recording videos and uploading news stories on various social media sites. Job of a pen is now done by finger tips.
Shabir Bhat • Journalism Student
The smartphone is an ideal tool for journalism because it can be used for gathering as well as disseminating information. Having a single tool for gathering and circulating information means you don’t need to carry a lot of stuff like notebooks, pens etc. Smart phones have not only reduced the time needed for gathering news but also allowed journalists to circulate news very quickly.
Semon Kour •Sub Editor
Before smartphones, it was very stressful for journalists to meet deadlines, especially if they were covering an event at a far off place. Nowadays, there is no question of missing deadlines as you are connected wherever you go.
Shreen Hamdani •Lecturer, LPU
Smartphones have become very essential for journalists. They have become the ideal tool for contacting sources with impunity.
Wasaf Jeelani •Journalism Student
All sorts of information is now available at just a click. One can use a smartphone for everything, be it reporting and filing a story, uploading it etc. Anything can be done with its help. It has proved to be a big help to journalists.
Amjad Abbas • PG Student
A smartphone has become an absolute necessity especially in today’s world where even seconds are valuable. Smartphones have helped us to perform our jobs in an efficient and timely manner. The only disadvantage, according to me, is the insecurity of the fact that another person might be doing the same job in a much better and faster manner.
Waqas Khan •Government Employee
Smartphones have brought about a new wave of technological evolution. Journalists are now turning to them rather than relying on note taking. Nowadays, everything from reporting to filing and circulating is done by a reporter himself or herself.
Seerat Rather • Journalism Student
Smartphone is an amazing invention. The device has become the most important tool for a journalist. Smartphones have made everything accessible and easy.
Tahir ibn Manzoor• Reporter
News is uncertain. A smartphone allows you to be prepared for anything anytime, as long as it is charged. Even then, any reporter worth his salt has to be a keen observer and listener.
Ibrahim Musa •PG Student
The good news for reporters today is that the smartphones are allowing them to do their job without needing anything else. The bad news however is that the practice of using just a mobile phone to report news is still at an infant stage.
Romana Rafiq •Reporter
If you aren’t smart, you are not going to be able to write a good story regardless of whether you have a smartphone or not. To be a good reporter requires both, a smartphone and a smarter mind.
Mohammad Muheet • PG Student
One of the most useful features of a smartphone is its ability to create a direct link between the newsroom and the reporter as the event is taking place. The good news is that smartphones offer both personal and professional opportunities for self-development.
Yuwaish Qureshi •Reporter
Smartphones have given a huge boost to citizen journalism. Now everyone can become a reporter.
Rifat Rathore • Reporter Tribune
Before the age of smartphones, journalists focused on meticulous note taking and keen observational skills to report news. However, this small device that can easily fit in our pockets has revolutionized the news industry and has quickly become one of the most important tools in the field of journalism.
Sumaiya Qadri •Government Employee
The phone in itself can be somewhat of a distraction. Smartphones have so many features nowadays that the only time you can peruse it is when you are completely free. Otherwise, one thing leads to another and you realize that a lot of time has been wasted.
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