Mobile Storytelling: the perfect mojo handbook is here to stay


Francesco Facchini
Mobile Storytelling: the perfect mojo...

 If you write a mobile journalism manual, you’re crazy.

If you can write a mobile journalism manual that becomes a bible you are a hero. And here, in this story, we have two heroes. Look at it as we had two in the first story of a mobile journalism manual.

Let’s go in order. The two heroes I’m talking about are Wytse Wellinga, Dutch, and Björn Staschen, German. These are two of the leading experts in mobile journalism in circulation, who have tried, last April, the challenge to release a manual of mojo which is titled “Mobile Storytelling: A journalist’s guide to smartphone galaxy“.

I’m studying it, not without difficulty given the deep and precise character of the work, written in English, these days. The more I go forward in the pages, the more I am convinced that the two colleagues have hit an extraordinary business. In fact, they managed to climb upstairs to the university manuals compared to the two great names that preceded them, Ivo Burum and Stephen Quinn, authors of “The Mojo Handbook“.

Why they are two crazy.

Bjorn and Wytse are two crazy guys because doing a manual mojo is an absurd race against time to try and photograph a fluid subject in very rapid change. “While we were writing it,” Staschen told me, “we realized how quickly this material changed: incredible. How many changes we had to notice and then put in the book in no time. We struggled to stay behind the mojo: difficult and beautiful “.

Not happy with the fact that they challenged fate and logic, which I am also doing for a year, the two bishops of the Mojo culture have also done … worse. They have published by themselves via Amazon. “Well, hard experience – said Staschen – but we also had the opportunity to change it and make it evolve during construction. It’s nice to think that you have a book that you can update whenever you want”. Now, quickly, with few costs: in short, mojo. A mojo book.

Why they are two heroes.

I really do not know what guided them, but they managed to explain the whole matter in depth without slipping into the technician language or without getting too lost in details on apps and software that change after a while. They wrote everything, all the fundamentals, all the features of all the most important apps, all the ways and tips to make mobile storytelling without exaggerating.

They wrote the book without incurring the mistake of being too precise and too technical, which would have endangered their book. The reason? The book would have grown old in two months. Instead it is not. Really precious, full of testimonies of the great interpreters of mobile content creation. If one wants to study mobile journalism here he finds the mojo bible. “We wanted to spread the knowledge of the mobile journalism that many colleagues gave us – Wytse Wellinga told me – and help the reader to find his mojo. We hope it can be a manual of mobile journalism useful for those who want to find the way to tell his stories in a unique way “. A wonderful book.

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