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How to be a mobile reporter


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Today's journalists must embrace the mobile age and harness the power of the smartphone to report stories.

Today's journalists must embrace the mobile age and harness the power of the smartphone to report stories.

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  • 1. How to be a mobile reporter
    By L.A. Lorek
  • 2. Get out of the newsroom
  • 3. Maybe not this far out but with mobile it’s possible
  • 4. Mobile reporters can work out of neighborhood coffeehouses
  • 5. Mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide grew from under 1 billion to over 5 billion in a decade.
    Source:  International Telecommunication Union
  • 6. Every reporter needs a notebook and penNow every reporter needs a smart phone
  • 7. We’ve come a long way baby
  • 8. To the iPhone
  • 9. 63.2 million U.S. smartphone subscribers
    Top Acquired Phones in the U.S.
    1. Apple iPhone 3GS
    2. Apple iPhone 4
    3. BlackBerry Curve 8530
    4. LG - Cosmos
    5. Motorola – Droid
    Source: comScore MobiLens, Jan-2010 to Dec-2010
  • 10. Backpack journalists can easily tote mobile reporting tools
  • 11. “Even in the most remote parts of the world with no electricity, people have mobile phones,”
    – Google’s Osama Bedier at TEDxAustin
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  • 14. In 2011, New York Times gives its reporters iPhones 4Gs to capture video
  • 15. Mobile Reporters
    Can capture video
    Take photos
    Record audio
    Write notes
    Send e-mails
    Make phone calls
  • 16. In 2010, 5 BILLION apps downloaded
    — up from 300 million in 2009
  • 17. Favorite apps for reporters
    Instagram for photos
    Cinch for recording short interviews
    iTalk Lite to record longer interviews
    Foursquare/Gowalla for check-ins
    Plancast for scheduling
    Safari for Google maps
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  • 19. Consuming media on mobile
    Nearly 47 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers browse the web, access apps, download content or access the mobile Internet via SMS
    That’s up from 7.6 % a year ago
    Source: Comscore’s The 2010 Mobile Year in Review at
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  • 21. Social Mobile
    Social Networking was the fastest growing category for U.S. subscribers with 57.9 million mobile users in Dec. 2010, up 56 % from a year ago.
  • 22. Favorite mobile activitiesplayed games
  • 23. FIVE MILLION Foursquare users — up from 200,000 users in 2009
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  • 28. Accessed Search
  • 29. Captured Video
  • 30. Accessed Maps
  • 31. Used I.M.
    Accessed sports ,
    listened to music,
    checked bank accounts,
    financial news,
    restaurant Info
  • 32. Surge in mobile social media platforms
    347 %growth in Twitter mobile usage
    200 MILLION mobile Facebook Users
    100 MILLION YouTube videos played on mobile devices everyday
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  • 34. Tagging with mobile phones
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  • 36. Ninety-one percent of U.S. adults say that they have seen people misuse mobile technology.
    Seventy-five percent of U.S. adults say mobile manners are worse now than in 2009.
    Source: Intel Corp.
  • 37. Remember to Mind Your Manners