- 28 Jan 08, 09:45 GMT
One of the talking points to emerge from Davos this year is the use of online video to report instantly on events, with little mediation through traditional channels.
Reuters have been trialling a mobile journalism unit, with reporters armed with adapted phones to attached microphones. Short, sharp interviews are posted quickly to a dedicated page on the Reuters website.
The news agency has also handed some of the phones to some blogging luminaries, including Jeff Jarvis, who has championed what is called "networked journalism". I'll be honest, I'm not entirely sure what networked journalism is - and I'm not sure anyone is - but part of it is the use of reporting tools which can make use of the connected nature of the web, to build an inclusive form of journalism.
Scoble, who works for Fast Company and is a renowned blogger in his own right, has been trawling the corridors of power at Davos recording interviews on his Nokia N95 and sometimes going live, using a software tool called Qik. Our online business editor Tim Weber was also roped into one of Scoble's interviews while at Davos.
LeMeur has been using Qik also - as well as his own tool Seesmic, recording video conversations direct from Davos.
Online tools like Qik and connected devices like mobile phones are combining to give reporters and citizen journalists the ability to produce journalism without any of the usual filters or production layers.
Of course it's not quite as simple as it appears - both Scoble and LeMeur have a profile which transcends the tools they use. Scoble may "just be a blogger" but his status as an ex-Microsoft employee and LeMeur's connection to people like Sarkozy open doors.
But that's not the point I'm trying to make: These tools are tremendously exciting - whether you're a lone blogger, a mainstream news agency or even the world's largest news organisation like the BBC.
We too are planning to engage with mobile video. Next month we'll be using mobile phones to product video, photos and text journalism, alongside our more traditional reporting methods.
It's not just an experiment - we'll be using the tools to talk about the future of mobile phones - at the Mobile World Congress, Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and engaging with people and companies who are helping transform the device across Silicon Valley.
But we're open to suggestions - are there other online tools that we should be using? Are you interested in the BBC trialling such things?
How are you using your mobile phone to "report" on your world?
Send me your recommendations and thoughts. I'd love to hear them.
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