Journalists are always trying to give their audiences an interactive experience. Ideally, a developer would spend weeks working with a team of producers to come up with a unique web application. A great example of one such “web extra” is this guided tour of a solitary confinement prison cell featured in Mother Jones. Journalists can create a [...]
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Whether there’s a shooting, a fire, or a funky flash mob– journalists need to get to the scene fast and find witnesses even faster. With the Banjo App, journalists can quickly see who “checked in” nearby. Banjo takes information from social networking sites and organizes it based on location. One of Banjo’s best features is [...]
When it comes to taking notes during an interview, journalists are more likely to use a pen and a steno notebook over a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It’s faster. But trying to write down everything word-for-word is extremely difficult. That’s why Frank Bond, an on-air journalist and producer at the Newseum in Washington, DC, has invested in a Livescribe Smartpen. (He’ll share his thoughts on the device, below as part of the ‘In The Field’ section).
The pen can record what’s being said and keep track of the notes. For example, if you’re trying to write a quote and only get the first few words, no worries. You can take the pen, tap it on the sentence, and the audio from that part of the interview will be played back. Not to mention the pen comes with it’s own apps, so you can even have it email your notes to your computer (because it records your pen strokes).
The Evernote App is the journalist’s new virtual notebook. It’s versatile and this blog can only begin to explain some of its features. Evernote recognizes handwriting and makes it searchable. Journalists can take a picture of a document or business card, and it’s text becomes searchable. Because it’s saved in a cloud and to a [...]
By using VeriCorder’s 1st Video App, you can ditch most of your gear, and cut down on those trips to the chiropractor.
It’s a suitable option for radio reporters (scroll down to see how one reporter uses it in the field). But if you’re editing video, there are some things you have to consider.
In the field, journalists need to update their audiences in real time. The best way to update everyone on multiple social networking sites at the same time is through Instagram.
This free app for iPhone (it’s coming “soon” for Android) lets users take a picture, add a filter to make it look artsy, and then upload it to several social networks and Email.