SMARTPHONES, SMARTJOURNALISMReporting today with phones and tablets
A powerful tool in your toolbox   Doesn’t change the underlying journalism   Improves speed, productivity and ability to...
Smartphone reporting functions   Audio recorder      Transmitter (wi-fi   Still camera         hotspot, FTP)   Video c...
Gathering news on the goPolice Scanner   Competitors’ apps   Audio Recorder
Distributing news on the goSocial media   News blogs   Video
Become a mobile superuser   Use your phone for both personal and professional    endeavors   Best smartphone reporting c...
Be ready to capture a moment
Mobile devices, apps, gadgets
Your device   iPhone, Android or something else?   Depends on ease of use – for YOU
Useful apps – Photo & Video   ProCamera (iPhone): Expanded camera options.    Take stills while recording video. Adjust e...
Useful apps – Photo & Video   iMovie (iPhone/iPad): Expanded video-editing    capabilities. Add photos or multiple video ...
Useful apps – Social Media   Twitter (iPhone/Android/BlackBerry, Windows    phone): Turn on notifications for important s...
Useful apps - News   AP Mobile (iPhone/Android)   USA TODAY (iPhone/Android/Windows    phone/myriad of native tablet app...
Useful apps - Organization   Evernote (iPhone/Android/BlackBerry/Windows    phone): Create text, photo and audio notes.  ...
Useful apps - Other   5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite (iPhone) or Scanner    Radio (Android): Live streaming of police radi...
Gadgets   Microphones are a necessity for videos   Tripods help in many situations   Consider some basics: Bluetooth, c...
Shooting & editing videos
Videos   Use a microphone   Zoom with your feet   Shoot 10-second shots of b-roll   Think about interview framing
An aside on tablets
Tablet reporting   Useful for social networking interaction   Good for composing and publishing (consider a    Bluetooth...
Don’t be this guy.Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Involve your audience
Crowdsource   Plenty of readers have mobile phones – involve    them in the process!   Ask for mobile photos & videos  ...
Mobile news consumption
Market research in central Iowa 41% of adults own a smartphone 19% of adults own a tablet 47% of adults own a smartphon...
Come up with a mobile plan   Survey your market   Decide how you’ll deliver news on mobile    platforms   You don’t hav...
Register examples
5 mobile reporting takeaways   Become a smartphone superuser   Take full advantage of your device in breaking news    si...
Questions?Julia Thompsonjlthompson@dmreg.com(515) 286-2560@JuliaThompson on Twitter
Smartphones, smart journalism
Smartphones, smart journalism
Smartphones, smart journalism
Smartphones, smart journalism
Smartphones, smart journalism
Smartphones, smart journalism
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  • Not a different type of reporting
  • Show comparison and what it can replace
  • You have to know how your readers are consuming news on their devices to best produce news on yours
  • What that allows you to do is be prepared to capture an important moment – you can’t fumble in breaking news situations, and everyone from reporters to editors should know how to use their devices
  • Photos on next slide
  • When Paul Ryan spoke at The Register’s soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, the first photo I had for the website came from editor Rick Green, shot and emailed on his iPhone. And when the story became about hecklers jumping on the stage, that photo came from Rick, too. Didn’t use those photos in print, but they were perfect for real-time news coverage online.
  • Most popular story of the day. Reporter was tweeting from her phone and captured an immediate photo.
  • Many ranked the Mitt Romney 47 percent video as a defining moment in the presidential campaign. Millions of views.
  • So let’s talk a little about specific devices, apps and gadgets
  • 60 iPhones rolled out to frontline reporters & photographers. Carrier might make a difference in your area, so explore your options. Not telling you to purchase iPhones for your entire staffs, but if you’re able, it’s a worthy investment
  • Viddy is like Instagram for video (iPhone/iPad)
  • How many of you do live chats online?
  • Phone tripod mounts can be purchased to use with existing tripods
  • My staff went through an extensive iPhone video training this week. I won’t do the device-specificstep-by-step tutorial, but here are some general tips we learned.
  • Dramatic pause … however --
  • Stats are from Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and were released in October 2012
  • Compare to national: 44% smartphone, 22% tablet, 50% either
  • The survey even revealed some confusion over what apps even are, especially for tablet.
  • Smartphones, smart journalism

    1. 1. SMARTPHONES, SMARTJOURNALISMReporting today with phones and tablets
    2. 2. A powerful tool in your toolbox Doesn’t change the underlying journalism Improves speed, productivity and ability to capture moments Can replace other tools you’re using
    3. 3. Smartphone reporting functions Audio recorder  Transmitter (wi-fi Still camera hotspot, FTP) Video camera  Publishing platform Notepad (via social media or CMS apps) Police scanner
    4. 4. Gathering news on the goPolice Scanner Competitors’ apps Audio Recorder
    5. 5. Distributing news on the goSocial media News blogs Video
    6. 6. Become a mobile superuser Use your phone for both personal and professional endeavors Best smartphone reporting comes from people who know their tools Download apps for your competitors; become a mobile news consumer as well as distributor
    7. 7. Be ready to capture a moment
    8. 8. Mobile devices, apps, gadgets
    9. 9. Your device iPhone, Android or something else? Depends on ease of use – for YOU
    10. 10. Useful apps – Photo & Video ProCamera (iPhone): Expanded camera options. Take stills while recording video. Adjust exposure and focus. Ustream Broadcaster (iPhone/Android): Stream video live from your phone. YouTube (iPhone/Android): Upload videos directly to YouTube for easy embedding on your site. Instagram (iPhone/Android): Social photo sharing often of filtered photos.
    11. 11. Useful apps – Photo & Video iMovie (iPhone/iPad): Expanded video-editing capabilities. Add photos or multiple video clips to a project; trim video clips; incorporate music or voiceovers. AndroMedia Video Editor (Android): Can include multiple video and audio tracks. Photosynth (iPhone/Windows phone): Create embeddable 360-degree panorama views.
    12. 12. Useful apps – Social Media Twitter (iPhone/Android/BlackBerry, Windows phone): Turn on notifications for important sources you follow. TweetDeck (iPhone/Android): Useful to filter tweets into columns – all tweets, @ mentions, searches and lists. Ban.jo (iPhone/Android): Find people recently active on social networks based on geography.
    13. 13. Useful apps - News AP Mobile (iPhone/Android) USA TODAY (iPhone/Android/Windows phone/myriad of native tablet apps) Circa (iPhone) – Get news bites and follow specific stories to be alerted of new info. Today’s Front Pages (iPhone/iPad): Scan regional/national A1s from the Newseum. Apps from your competitors
    14. 14. Useful apps - Organization Evernote (iPhone/Android/BlackBerry/Windows phone): Create text, photo and audio notes. Synchronize across devices and online. Dropbox (iPhone/Android/BlackBerry) : Store documents, music, PDFS and videos in a cloud that you (or people you allow) can access anytime, anywhere. Google Drive (iPhone/Android): Access and edit Google Docs anywhere.
    15. 15. Useful apps - Other 5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite (iPhone) or Scanner Radio (Android): Live streaming of police radio reference feeds for multiple counties. CoveritLive (iPhone/Android): Administer, participate in live chats. Skype (iPhone/Android/Windows phone): Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free. Dragon Dictation (iPhone): Voice recognition for note taking. Image to Text (iPhone) or Google Goggles (Android): Uses OCR for scanning documents.
    16. 16. Gadgets Microphones are a necessity for videos Tripods help in many situations Consider some basics: Bluetooth, car charger, etc.
    17. 17. Shooting & editing videos
    18. 18. Videos Use a microphone Zoom with your feet Shoot 10-second shots of b-roll Think about interview framing
    19. 19. An aside on tablets
    20. 20. Tablet reporting Useful for social networking interaction Good for composing and publishing (consider a Bluetooth keyboard) Can be useful for ingesting and organizing photos, editing videos Great for news consumption HOWEVER …
    21. 21. Don’t be this guy.Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
    22. 22. Involve your audience
    23. 23. Crowdsource Plenty of readers have mobile phones – involve them in the process! Ask for mobile photos & videos Find sources around breaking news Show readers your mobile and news savvy in one fell swoop
    24. 24. Mobile news consumption
    25. 25. Market research in central Iowa 41% of adults own a smartphone 19% of adults own a tablet 47% of adults own a smartphone or a tabletSource: Scarborough 12-month aggregate surveying respondents within the DMA from September 2011-August 2012
    26. 26. Come up with a mobile plan Survey your market Decide how you’ll deliver news on mobile platforms You don’t have to develop native apps
    27. 27. Register examples
    28. 28. 5 mobile reporting takeaways Become a smartphone superuser Take full advantage of your device in breaking news situations Use apps to make your reporting life easier Involve your audience (social, crowdsourcing, etc.) Come up with a mobile delivery plan
    29. 29. Questions?Julia Thompsonjlthompson@dmreg.com(515) 286-2560@JuliaThompson on Twitter

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