Training: Intro to mobile journalism tools

Last week, I taught a mobile journalism workshop as part of APME’s Newstrain seminar at the Newseum here in Washington, D.C. While I’m not a mobile journalist per se, I am a journalist that loves my smartphone. The class was aimed at those who are new to most mobile news gathering, reporting and publishing apps and practices – with and without smartphones.

We got into:

As part of the training, I gave out a handout of entry-level mobile tools for gathering media, reporting news, publishing and being productive on the go. I gathered these from my own experiences and those of other online savvy journos I know. Check it out (also after the jump) – and tell me what, if anything, you’d add. 

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  • Mandy,

    This is great stuff. I’ll definitely download Photoshop Express and Scanner Radio.

    One thought about mobile livestreaming — apps like Qik are great, but will only stream live to, unless you manually embed the feed on a separate page — which is often tough to do while mobile. I’ve hacked together a little experiment on my site where I have a saved (but unpublished) WordPress page with the livestream embed ready to go — then all I have to do is publish that page via the WP app and start my Qik stream and I’ve got a mobile livestream on MY site (not Qik’s) in seconds. It gets the job done, but do you know of/have any thoughts on a better way to handle this? Perhaps this is a feature that Qik, etc., need to consider implementing?

    • I’ve used the method you describe, more often than not, when streaming from Qik. For a newsroom to use it in a breaking scenario, it might fall to an editor back in the office to embed the code into a post on the site.

      While I really don’t see much fault with the way Qik works right now, it would be good to have a permanent “embed channel” option, of sorts. This way, a static page on your site could host the live video every time it is being used.

      • That’s a good point. I guess it might be more helpful for bloggers, who a) are very much in charge of their webspace b) may not have editors back at base to do the dirty work. A blog like Prince of Petworth, for example, might benefit from that kind of feature. But I still think it could be useful for a guy like Dan Steinberg too.

  • Anonymous

    Mandy –

    AudioNote for the Mac iPhone & iPad is worth checking out. It lets you type notes that are timestamped to match up with an audio interview. Clicking on the word in the text takes you to that point in the audio. It is really handy, though seems to be a bit of a memory hog on the Mac.


    • That sounds very helpful…if you have an iPhone. Is it similar to Evernote, or better in your opinion? I haven’t tried syncing on Evernote, anyone know if it’s even possible?

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