chapter  5
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Mobile Journalism: The Latest Development in the Evolution of Newsgathering: Stephen Quinn


The history of journalists’ adoption of newsgathering technology contains two main themes: the desire for speed, and the triumph of simplicity and practicality. Reporters want to get their stories back to the newsroom as quickly as possible, and they embrace the easiest and most convenient ways to do so. The latter idea encapsulates two of the characteristics of innovation theory as defi ned by Everett Rogers (1962-2003) and interpreted by this author later in this chapter and elsewhere (Quinn 2006, 2007). In essence, journalists will adopt a new newsgathering tool if they fi nd it easy to use and if they perceive it to be similar to what they know and trust.