Should Beat Reporters be Mobile?

Fred Wilson just posted a photo of his mobile office (a laptop, EVDO card, headphones, and AC adapter), including this insight:

“It’s no different than being at my home office or my work office, except that the interruptions are less.”

It reminded me how technology has opened up the possibilities for journalists. Beat reporters can truly be spending all of their time in the field, becoming even closer to the people and the issues that they cover.

While the traditional newsroom was created to center around the printing process, today’s virtual newsroom allows reporters to organize their lives around their beat.