Choo-choo 4G

Infrastructure woes are not restricted to developing countries.

Journalism put so much effort into printing technologies that we seemed to create a constraint for our move to online content.

While we fumble with the mobile phone in our collective hand, the mobile industry is triumphantly announcing its move to better (read: faster) wireless systems.

Barcelona hosted the Mobile World Congress last week, and the buzz surrounded the new generation of smartphones and tablets.

4G, or LTE, is here and promises to bring more capabilities to reporters on the go.

Promises can surely be broken, but major networks like Verizon and AT&T are in the process of rolling out the next generation of mobile connectivity.

Think about hosting a Skype session without the tether of a Wi-Fi hotspot.

That’s the kind of power that LTE/ 4G systems hope to deliver.

Flip out your new HTC phone (named Best Device Manufacturer) and stream an on-the-spot standup at the event you’re covering.

Let’s wade a little further into the deep end. Stream the event to a reporter outside the festival. She grabs clips and edits a quick highlight package, then posts the movie to the website on her train ride home.

Mobile companies are doing their jobs to make this scenario possible, but journalists have to be ready to hop on board when that train comes barreling by our newsrooms.

It’s not stopping for us at the Station for the Almost Ready.

We can, and should, jump on now, while we have a year to figure out the best practices for journalism in a mobile world.

LTE is picking up steam, and we can punch our tickets while leaving the costs of infrastructure placement behind.

Forget 2.0. Welcome to wireless journalism.

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