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Restrictions at some press conferences or political events prevent journalists from using their cameras or mobile devices to film or take pictures when reporting live.

In this post on the Online Journalism Blog, Paul Bradshaw, who runs the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University, points out a few basic strategies for dealing with difficult reporting conditions.

He points out that strong planning and preparation are essential to fill in the gaps during live events. So make sure you have a backlog of multimedia material, quotes and links offering context to bring your story to life.

Something mundane such as a closed door can become the focal point in your reporting, leading to questions such as 'what's happening behind the door?' and 'why are they making a secret out of it?'

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