Every journalist has found herself in some version of this situation: Bianca Vazquez Toness, a reporter for Boston’s WBUR public radio, drove about 40 minutes north of her office Tuesday to interview the controversial mayor of Lawrence, Mass. Only when she arrived did she realize she had forgotten her audio kit — recorder, microphone, cables, headphones, everything. Gah.
Cast your mind back to the official launch of Android Honeycomb 3.0 tablet OS at the beginning of February and you may remember news hounds Cable News Network, better known as CNN, wheel out its stunning slate optimised app. It was one of the first to show off Google Fragment tech where separate panels and panes exist on the same screen, working independently to each other.
Microsoft’s new Bing iPad app, released Thursday, does more than search — it begins to remake the newspaper experience in digital form. The app is not being marketed as a news platform, but journalists should consider it one because it offers a great local information utility for the iPad age.
Fring, the multiple account IM and VoIP service provider, has announced limited beta program to test new Group Video Call feature for its mobile app. In a way, Fring aims to compete with Apple's FaceTime feature and Google's video chat feature in Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Fring also aims to take a dig on its rival Skype whose latest 5.0 version suffers from group video calling hiccups. Fring's limited beta Group Video Call testing is available for Google Android and Apple iOS devices only.
A comprehensive guide to the most popular mobile apps that journalists can use to break news stories from their mobile phones, edit their content and publish it online. All apps are conveniently categorized (audio, video, microblogging, etc.), compared and reviewed. A must bookmark.
Popular video site Vimeo has rolled out a new iPhone app to allow users to watch and edit videos. Available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, the Viemo app allows users to shoot video, and then edit and trim it while adding transitions, titles, music, effects and other recordings.
This guide from Columbia University Journalism Dean of Students Sree Sreenivathan gives you a comprehensive list of Twitter-related apps and resources to ease the work of mobile journalists and reporters.
Having been an iPhone owner for years, I’ve compiled a list of apps for reporters and bloggers to download and briefly explained how to use them. Each one of these has proven helpful in my own work as a journalist and in our newsroom as a whole when covering breaking news.
The Wall Street Journal has started selling single issues via its iPad app today, allowing even those who don't subscribe to the publication to get the full digital edition of each day's newspaper. The WSJ iPad app offers some content for free, but full access to each WSJ issue has so far been restricted to subscribers only. This changes today.
I’ve been playing around with a range of photo-editing apps recently, and I’m impressed with what you can do in terms of creating photo panoramas, adding effects, frames and combining individual photos in a clean and elegant picture layout or grid. It means you can create some very professional effects without any photographic knowledge at all – apart from having an eye for a good shot. After that the apps take over, turning your snap into something that wouldn’t embarrass the pages of a glossy mag, let alone a web page
Not all the apps do all of these things, most go for one aspect of picture editing and publishing, so you can use them best in combination, as I'll demonstrate below.
Because I use an iPhone, and believe it’s the best phone for journalism, my list is slanted towards that phone, but some of the apps are available for Android as well, and if they aren’t I’ve tried to identify a reasonable alternative.
With the recent release of the iPad 2, the Apple App Store is swarming with new and updated apps tailored for interactive news consumption. Some of the most compelling news apps are those that take a familiar concept–such as the simple act of reading a newspaper–and adapt it to the iPad’s unique platform. These are the apps that remind us that reading the news can be a fun and social experience.
News.me is an iPad app that shows you the stories you’re most likely to find interesting based on the people you follow on Twitter. There’s nothing particularly unusual there, since social news apps are a dime a dozen. But News.me has a few things that really set it apart.
Smart phones are making it even easier to communicate our message, as well as giving us tools for activism and counter-surveillance. Since the technology changes so rapidly, this is by no means an exhaustive or authoritative list; but it does contain apps that I use personally and regularly as a liberty activist.
Whether iPhone, Blackberry or Android platform, these multipurpose must-haves are changing how journos operate in the field. While not as full-featured as audio recorders and cameras, nor as utilitarian as notebooks and pens, smartphone apps can handle all of these tasks in a pinch and pretty well. And when you’re all done, a few taps will send all of your information to your editors to be ready for publication within minutes.
Traditional photo journalism has always had a limited point of view. You could only see what was in front of the camera. Video photo journalism added a new dimension to reporting as the camera could pan around an area giving the user views from multiple vantage points. However, with both photo and video journalism, viewers have no control over what they see in the shot. War documentarian Danfung Dennis is on the brink of changing this thanks to a custom camera system and the iPad. The former is a new tool for the photo journalist to record events, and the latter is a tool for the viewer to immerse themselves in that event and control what they see.
When Facebook makes even the smallest move to corner a new industry, everybody listens. In yet another step closer to shutting down the world’s printing presses, Facebook is formally letting journalists know they can move articles faster and to a broader audience than any fleet of news trucks ever could. Just this afternoon the company announced a new Facebook Page and meetup program aimed at journalists, called Journalists on Facebook
There’s already plenty of articles out there listing the best downloadable apps for mobile hacks, including a particularly fine Android-specific list from our very own Daniel Masoliver. But it struck me that a significant number of the apps I use most often for everyday journalist-ing are the basic spec ones that come as standard with the iPhone 4. It’s about time these old reliables got some love. So here, in no particular order, are a few of my most-used vanilla apps on the iPhone, interspersed with the odd anecdote illustrating a time when my trusty Apple buddy has swooped in to save my professional bacon.
I’ve been enjoying The Independent’s individual Facebook feeds for journalists, football teams and other ‘entities’ of their news coverage. So much so that I wanted the work of journalists on other news organisations to be brought to me in the same way.
For the journalist who is very often interviewing people, PrivacyCamera application for Android sounds fits to you. How could this application suitable to the journalist with Android device? Since some correspondents prefer to hide their face when they have been chosen to be the source of the news, the freeware allows the journalist to blur the interviewee’s face easily, that’s why the PrivacyCamera is good for the journalist with Android device. Besides, the application is also very useful to any Android running phone user to make something funny by editing a picture.
With social media there is no excuse for arriving in a country unprepared. The easy access to free tools means that any journalist, travelling for news gathering or to deliver training, can be bang up-to-date with some of the latest information they need in order to operate efficiently.
Blackberry smartphones may be the phone of choice for many journalists, largely due to their emailing functionality, but they fail to garner much recognition for the mobile app capabilities. The iphone, on the other hand, is renowned for the ease with which users can download and use applications.
Blackberry models can be more clunky (think the popular Bold and Curve models) and most lack the touch-screen capabilities of the iPhone (barring the less popular, but growing, Torch and Storm models) so many feel the iPhone lends itself to app use more. But the Blackberry App World is a treasure trove, where many of the apps are free.
Here, we look at 5 apps that Blackberry-wielding journalists shouldn’t do without.