Using mobile media to create a more diverse public sphere in marginalised communities : how to mojo

Burum, Ivo 2013, Using mobile media to create a more diverse public sphere in marginalised communities : how to mojo, International journal of community diversity, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 11-22.

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Title Using mobile media to create a more diverse public sphere in marginalised communities : how to mojo
Author(s) Burum, Ivo
Journal name International journal of community diversity
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 11
End page 22
Total pages 12
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Illinois
Publication date 2013-02-01
ISSN 2327-0004
Keyword(s) mojo
mobile journalism
citizen journalism
indigenous communities
Summary Mojo is a new mobile journalism project in isolated Indigenous communities providing skills and mobile technologies to empower Indigenous people to create locally produced user-generated stories (UGS), from their own perspective. This paper explores the degree to which these practices and technologies can help create a more diverse cultural voice in remote Indigenous environments. Diversity is a central component of the broader principle of a robust marketplace of ideas and a catalyst for greater democratic representation. A lack of diversity of opinion from and about marginalized communities in Indigenous Australia has led to underrepresentation in a highly mediated Indigenous public sphere. In the mid-1980s the deployment of AUSSAT—the Australian communications satellite—led to an influx of Western media into remote communities, creating even greater marginalization of content at the source. This resulted in an under representation of local views and culture and a lack of exposure. This paper describes the empirical study—the technical practices and outcomes of mojos recording, editing and publishing complete UGS directly from their iPhones to the Internet. This practice has the potential to create more diverse media skills, representation and new job opportunities in local media. A making of NT Mojo video can be viewed at the following URL: Jo. Mojo stories can be viewed at the following URL:
Language eng
Indigenous content on
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 890404 Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2013
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Created: Sat, 09 Nov 2013, 03:32:17 EST by Ivo John Burum

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