Mobile	  journalism:	  From	  the	  palm	  of	  your	   hand	  ...	  to	  the	  world	  
Charlie Meyerson      Bit.ly/Meyersonlinkedin.com/in/cmeyerson      708-TEQ-NEWS
Radio	  repor*ng	  then	     	  Recorder	  (typically,	  casse4e,	  later	  MD	  or	  SD)	  +	  VoiceAct	  (or	  alligator...
Radio	  repor*ng	  now	  	  	   	   	   	   	   	   	   	   	  Radio	  repor:ng	  now:	  	  	   	   	   	   	   	   	   	 ...
TV	  repor*ng	  then	  h4p://origin-­‐www.nbc.com/saturday-­‐night-­‐live/video/weekend-­‐update-­‐segment-­‐al-­‐franken/...
TV	  repor*ng	  now	  Ustream,	  Google	  Hangouts,	  others,	  make	  it	  possible	  to	  broadcast	    live	  from	  an...
It’s	  possible.	  It’s	  being	  done	  now.	  •  A	  team	  of	  radio	  reporters	  at	  FM	  News	  101.1	     covered...
Demo	  
Demo	  h4p://www.ustream.tv/channel/meyerson	  
Google	  Voice:	  A	  great	  tool.	  
Create	  a	  free	  Google	  Voice	  account	  Go	  to	  	  Google.com/voice.	  Before	  you	  pick	  your	       number,	...
Create	  a	  free	  Google	  Voice	  account	  Make	  sure	  you’re	  set	  to	  record	  calls.	  (Incoming	   calls	  on...
Things	  you	  can	  do	  with	  Google	  Voice	  •    Record	  incoming	  phone	  calls.	  (Note:	  Before	  recording,	 ...
Things	  you	  can	  do	  with	  Google	  Voice	              •  You	  can	  download	             Google	  Voice	  files	 ...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                        journalist?	  (Beyond,	  of	  course,	  the	  essen*...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                        journalist?	  •  One	  smartphone.	  •  Really,	  th...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                           journalist?	  Also	  helpful:	  •  XLR	  connec*n...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                           journalist?	  Also	  helpful:	  •  XLR	  connec*n...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                           journalist?	  Also	  helpful:	  •  XLR	  connec*n...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                           journalist?	  Also	  helpful:	  •  XLR	  connec*n...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                           journalist?	  Also	  helpful:	  •  XLR	  connec*n...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                           journalist?	  Also	  helpful:	  •  XLR	  connec*n...
What	  do	  you	  need	  to	  be	  a	  mobile	                           journalist?	  Also	  helpful:	  •  XLR	  connec*n...
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Mobile journalism: From your palm ... to the world

  1. 1. Mobile  journalism:  From  the  palm  of  your   hand  ...  to  the  world  
  2. 2. Charlie Meyerson Bit.ly/Meyersonlinkedin.com/in/cmeyerson 708-TEQ-NEWS
  3. 3. Radio  repor*ng  then    Recorder  (typically,  casse4e,  later  MD  or  SD)  +  VoiceAct  (or  alligator  clips)    +  Hunt  for  a  phone  that  would  unscrew                        
  4. 4. Radio  repor*ng  now                      Radio  repor:ng  now:                        iPhone  +                        VC  Audio  Pro  app   h4ps://itunes.apple.com/app/vc-­‐audio-­‐pro/id354608007?mt=8   (or  search  iTunes  store)  
  5. 5. TV  repor*ng  then  h4p://origin-­‐www.nbc.com/saturday-­‐night-­‐live/video/weekend-­‐update-­‐segment-­‐al-­‐franken/n9674/   (Or  so  we  thought,  maybe.)  
  6. 6. TV  repor*ng  now  Ustream,  Google  Hangouts,  others,  make  it  possible  to  broadcast   live  from  anywhere  you  can  get  a  phone  signal:   h4p://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22713934  
  7. 7. It’s  possible.  It’s  being  done  now.  •  A  team  of  radio  reporters  at  FM  News  101.1   covered  Chicago  live  for  a  year,  o_en  with  just   an  iPhone  and  -­‐-­‐  some*mes  -­‐-­‐  a  laptop:    •  All  sound  recorded  with  just  an  iPhone:   h4p://soundcloud.com/meyerson/final-­‐ farewell-­‐to-­‐a-­‐chicago  •  Live  broadcasts,  too  –  plugging  the  iPhone  into   a  mult  box.  
  8. 8. Demo  
  9. 9. Demo  h4p://www.ustream.tv/channel/meyerson  
  10. 10. Google  Voice:  A  great  tool.  
  11. 11. Create  a  free  Google  Voice  account  Go  to    Google.com/voice.  Before  you  pick  your   number,  you  can   check  to  find  one  that   spells  something  cool   (like  708-­‐MATH-­‐JAR).  
  12. 12. Create  a  free  Google  Voice  account  Make  sure  you’re  set  to  record  calls.  (Incoming   calls  only.  Outgoing  won’t  work.)   –  Click  the  gear  icon  and  select  Segngs.   –  Click  the  Calls  tab.   –  Select  “Off:  Directly  connects  calls  when  phones   are  answered.”   –  Select  the  checkbox  next  to  Call  Op*ons.   –  (Changes  are  saved  automa*cally.)  
  13. 13. Things  you  can  do  with  Google  Voice  •  Record  incoming  phone  calls.  (Note:  Before  recording,  you  must  get  your  subjects   permission:  "May  I  record  this  for  possible  use  on  the  air  and  on  the  Internet?”)  •  Press  4  to  record,  and  4  to  stop.  •  When  done,  return  to  Google.com/voice,  where  you  can  download  the  file  for   edi*ng  or  email  a  link  to  the  file  (instead  of  the  whole  file  as  an  annoying   a4achment).  
  14. 14. Things  you  can  do  with  Google  Voice   •  You  can  download   Google  Voice  files  and   use  them  as  the   substrate  for  a  slideshow   or  other  visual   presenta*on.   •  Or  you  can  upload  them   (for  free!)  to   SoundCloud.com,  and   place  the  audio  file  in   your  mul*media   presenta*ons,  or  share  it   through  social  media   (Twi4er,  Facebook).    
  15. 15. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  (Beyond,  of  course,  the  essen*al  skills  of   knowing  how  to  write,  how  speak,  how  to   spot  a  good  image,  how  to  tell  a  story,  how  to   be  fair,  and  all  the  rest  ...  ?)  
  16. 16. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  •  One  smartphone.  •  Really,  that’s  it.  •  But  if  you  insist  ...  
  17. 17. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  Also  helpful:  •  XLR  connec*ng  cable  to  plug   into  mult  boxes,  mics  +  longer   XLR  cable  (so  you  can  sit   down).  •  Laptop  (with  op*onal  cell   card).  •  Bluetooth  keyboard  (for  typing   quickly  on  a  smartphone).  •  External  ba4ery  for   smartphone.  •  Connec*ng  cables  (USB)  for   faster  connec*on  between   phone  and  laptop.  •  Case  with  branding  on  it.  
  18. 18. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  Also  helpful:  •  XLR  connec*ng  cable  to  plug   into  mult  boxes,  mics  +  longer   XLR  cable  (so  you  can  sit   down).  •  Laptop  (with  op*onal  cell   card).  •  Bluetooth  keyboard  (for  typing   quickly  on  a  smartphone).  •  External  ba4ery  for   smartphone.  •  Connec*ng  cables  (USB)  for   faster  connec*on  between   phone  and  laptop.  •  Case  with  branding  on  it.  
  19. 19. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  Also  helpful:  •  XLR  connec*ng  cable  to  plug   into  mult  boxes,  mics  +  longer   XLR  cable  (so  you  can  sit   down).  •  Laptop  (with  op*onal  cell   card).  •  Bluetooth  keyboard  (for  typing   quickly  on  a  smartphone).  •  External  ba4ery  for   smartphone.  •  Connec*ng  cables  (USB)  for   faster  connec*on  between   phone  and  laptop.  •  Case  with  branding  on  it.  
  20. 20. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  Also  helpful:  •  XLR  connec*ng  cable  to  plug   into  mult  boxes,  mics  +  longer   XLR  cable  (so  you  can  sit   down).  •  Laptop  (with  op*onal  cell   card).  •  Bluetooth  keyboard  (for  typing   quickly  on  a  smartphone).  •  External  ba4ery  for   smartphone.  •  Connec*ng  cables  (USB)  for   faster  connec*on  between   phone  and  laptop.  •  Case  with  branding  on  it.  
  21. 21. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  Also  helpful:  •  XLR  connec*ng  cable  to  plug   into  mult  boxes,  mics  +  longer   XLR  cable  (so  you  can  sit   down).  •  Laptop  (with  op*onal  cell   card).  •  Bluetooth  keyboard  (for  typing   quickly  on  a  smartphone).  •  External  ba4ery  for   smartphone.  •  Connec*ng  cables  (USB)  for   faster  connec*on  between   phone  and  laptop.  •  Case  with  branding  on  it.  
  22. 22. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  Also  helpful:  •  XLR  connec*ng  cable  to  plug   into  mult  boxes,  mics  +  longer   XLR  cable  (so  you  can  sit   down).  •  Laptop  (with  op*onal  cell   card).  •  Bluetooth  keyboard  (for  typing   quickly  on  a  smartphone).  •  External  ba4ery  for   smartphone.  •  Connec*ng  cables  (USB)  for   faster  connec*on  between   phone  and  laptop.  •  Case  with  branding  on  it.  
  23. 23. What  do  you  need  to  be  a  mobile   journalist?  Also  helpful:  •  XLR  connec*ng  cable  to  plug   into  mult  boxes,  mics  +  longer   XLR  cable  (so  you  can  sit   down).  •  Laptop  (with  op*onal  cell   card).  •  Bluetooth  keyboard  (for  typing   quickly  on  a  smartphone).  •  External  ba4ery  for   smartphone.  •  Connec*ng  cables  (USB)  for   faster  connec*on  between   phone  and  laptop.  •  Case  with  branding  on  it.  
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