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Steve Herrmann Steve Herrmann | 09:50 UK time, Tuesday, 12 February 2008

You might have noticed reports on the site yesterday from the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona this week. There are a couple of things about the way we're reporting it which I think are interesting and a bit different from what we normally do.

A graphic of the BBC News websiteFirst is that the fullest and most detailed reporting we're doing is happening in our tech blog, although we're still running regular news stories and some features on the site too.

Second is that a lot of the reporting is being done by mobile phone. Rory Cellan-Jones is covering the event in the normal way for TV and radio, while for the website he and Darren Waters are using mobiles to report and video their interviews.

Rory Cellan-JonesThe video is no-frills, quick and simple compared with what we might normally do, and it is decidedly rough around the edges, but it has immediacy and gets across the information. If you've had a look, what do you think? Will we be reporting everything like this one day?

PS. In a fitting coincidence, I've been reading their reports on a mobile, too, on my commute home, and have typed out this blog post en route with my thumbs. Who needs offices any more...


I have no problem with it being rough around the edges - it is sometimes even better than what I feel like I am fed in other ways from the news media.

  • 2.
  • At 06:41 PM on 12 Feb 2008,
  • Raoul Coppens wrote:

as an ad-hoc news reader of 'minor' eduction, I personally think that Phone and Video Reports are only useful if the person conducting them has been educated/ trained to a degree so an that an unambiquous and neutral report will allow the general public to make up their mind. This means: You report what you see and hear in a manner others can understand................and is not biased in any way.

  • 3.
  • At 07:15 PM on 12 Feb 2008,
  • Steve Bowman wrote:

No complaints from me so far, with the resolutions needed online it appears fine. Just promise me it won't be shown on TV like this!!!

  • 4.
  • At 09:18 PM on 13 Feb 2008,
  • Alexander wrote:

I have no problem with cheap, quick and immediate reporting. However, you could at least use a digital camera (or even a digital camcorder) instead of a mobile 'phone.

absolutely agree with Raoul

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