Late last year the Reuters news service began giving its journalists Nokia n82 phones to directly upload video reports to the news service’s  video pages.  The program is called "Mojo," standing for Reuters Mobile Journalism.

Last month at the World Economic Forum, Reuters handed out the camera phones to a couple of dozen bloggers, journalists and executives attending the conference.  Jeff Jarvis got to use one and landed several impressive interviews.

Last week at the AlwaysOn conference in Manhattan, I caught up with Jeff "BuzzMachine" Jarvis who explained how small, inconspicuous cameras are effective in landing big interviews.  Jeff echoes many of the points made by veteran news producer Tammy Haddad who uses a small Sanyo camcorder to land her scoops.

In a related development, VentureBeat is reporting on a collaboration between MTV and FlixWagon to enlist citizen journalist to use the Nokia n95.

You can grab the video of my interview with Jeff right here.

Beet.TV was in Helsinki late last year to interview Tim Fraim, had of intellectual property at Nokia.  He told the purple channel that Nokia is now "the world’s largest camera company." meaning the number of phones with cameras.  Looks like with the n82, the Finns might be giving the Japanese camera manufacturers some serious competition.

— Andy Plesser

Update: 2/6 Below is the new black version of the phone first published last night on IntoMobile