Mobile phones: Journalism on the go.

Did you know you can do everything you need as a journalist on your mobile?

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You can create everything you need in journalism from your phone. Tayloright ©

Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of apps you can use to create content in the field:

1) Voice recorders

You know those apps that come with a new phone that you never really take the time to look at, that just sit in your apps menu gathering dust? The voice recorder is one of them! Need to record an interview but don’t have a dictaphone or mic on you? No problem, whip out your mobile and get recording!

2) The Camera

Most mobiles now-a-days have a camera powerful enough to get the job done when it comes to both photography and filming. You aren’t shooting the next James Bond so you don’t need any fancy gadgets or high end cameras (but you may want to invest in a tripod or mono-pod suitable for phones to limit screen shaking!)

3) Splice or android equivalents like Quik

If you have an iphone or ipod, Splice is THE app. It allows you to trim footage, add effects and overlay audio to create professional short video right on your phone!
For android users Quik is a good alternative but video quality isn’t quite up to the standard of Splice.

4) Color note

I love this app. Not only can you jot down important information and notes, you can create a schedule with colour categories to remind you of important meetings and events. Use the calendar to schedule an interview date and use the stickynote widget to pin it to your phones homescreen. Of course there are other similar apps so choose the one that works for you.

5) WordPress

That’s right, you can get your wordpress blog or news site set up on your phone. There’s no excuse for missing an upload – you can do it from anywhere, at anytime. Take your notes from colornote and turn them into a full piece for publication with images and video content that you created all on the same device!

So forget all the fancy equipment – sure, they’re helpful and chances are the quality will be better at the end, but there’s no reason you can’t create professional looking, smooth running content on your mobile. With the right apps and enough practice you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference.

Published by OwenL

Natural sciences communicator.

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