A lot of the digital tools like Spot.Us., Kickstarter, Beacon, and Ushahidi really do hold exciting possibilities for digital age journalism. The one I find most interesting is “Mobile Active,” a group, or movement, promoting smartphones for social change. It is a global community of people and organizations, including professional and citizen journalists, who use mobile phones covering about anything that has an impact on human life such as health, economics, accountability, etc. All in the palm of your hand, mobile phones journalists use for tweeting will tweet about a town hall meeting, campaign, sports event, entertainment, or fundraising simply by jotting down quick notes.
After some quick researching I came across a multimedia journalist named Melissa Ulbricht who used Mobile Active’s YouTube platform for circulating her stories. She produces a weekly international radio program called Global Journalist where her reporting focus on the international communication and issues of press freedom. One example, Ulbricht used Mobile Active distributing a story on Harnessing Off-Grid Power from Mobile Networks. She reported how Lighting Africa, a company that catalyzes development of affordable off-grid lighting products for Sub-Saharan Africa, partnered with a development fund to supplement electricity in the region with power from mobile stations. The end result was a project called Community Power from Mobile (CPM) initiative, which helps encourage mobile network operators and radio tower-sharing companies to share their excess power with off-grid communities so that schools, clinics, and anything mobile that needs charging, can power up.