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03 March, 2015

Short form video is the news revolution happening today on Twitter. Can anyone be a journalist? What is news?

"I don’t post videos on Twitter.”
- Michael Rosenblum

Why the hell not?

Short form mobile journalism is the video revolution that is happening today. 

I teach thousands of students every day how to produce 30-second news video stories and Tweet them. 

In two weeks, I’ll be in Ireland posting a series of short form videos over a one week period that will put a lens on what it means to be Irish. 

Each day I hope to discover and feature one interesting soul in each village I trek to.

I will be filming (and video tweeting) 30-second video stories of local Irish people in the 7 days leading up to #Mojocon

This is the gear I will take with me into the field.

The video stories will be tweeted with the hashtag #IrishEyes15 starting March 19.

I don’t need a license to do this.

Any person is capable of publishing information that can change the world. That was true when Thomas Paine wrote “Common Sense” in 1776 and it is true today. 

Mobile technology hasn’t changed that fact. But the “connected camera” has enabled powerful storytelling in ways that dwarf that era’s technology stack.

A connected camera can file short-form news video, news packages and video stories in near real-time and with great fidelity.

The average citizen can file video news content on any number of platforms, but few of them will do so on a regular basis and fewer still will consider themselves a journalist.

Most will file without any regard to ethics, fairness, fact-checking, and clarity. Just because anyone can commit a random act of journalism does not imply that all journalism is created equal.

Robb Montgomery​
b.a. Journalism 1990

Montgomery has worked as a visual editor at the Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times and taught visual and video journalism at the Medill School and at the International Academy of Journalism.