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  • Who has a smarthphone? Phone with web access?
  • Android is the most common smartphone platform, followed by iPhone and Blackberry devices 83% own cell phones 2011
  • Who is on Twitter? Best tool for mobile news Report directly from the scene
  • Regular people do it too Verification is important
  • We ’ll start with some examples of why Twitter is a valuable breaking-news tool. Most will, of course, remember that Twitpic had the first shot of the Hudson landing.
  • You can pull in via Twitter's widget or CoveritLive, Scribble Live
  • Search for local keywords, especially when news is happening
  • Demo it with your phone live video from a scene embed your channel online save videos publish to youtube/Twitter/FB UStream works in similar fashion
  • syncs notes across all devices share and collaborate on notes with others record audio and take notes at the same time
  • Free live chats multiple participants can add audio, video and photos in real time great for live events readers can ask questions too # do with sources # staff Show off Zville story
  • Blogging on the go.  Advanced looking sites
  • Blogging on the go Can blog by audio calls DRAGON Publish by Email Easy without an app
  • Press 4 to record call announces to everyone it is recording saves as an mp3 Free texts, transcribed voicemails Can get a local #
  • Access your computers from iPhone, iPad See them as if you were there Free, but to move files around you need to upgrade to $40 option Also can use on Desktop
  • Access files on the go, across computers Can even share as a group Great for shared reporter docs and media Works on computer too
  • trends not an app search in most twitter apps
  • Instapaper app save long stories for offline Research to read later

Mobile Tools for Journalists Mobile Tools for Journalists Presentation Transcript

  • Smart Phones, Smart JournalistsMandy Jenkins, @mjenkinsPhoenix Newstrain #PNTmobile
  • U.S. Smartphone Use 83% of American adults have a cell phone 35% of American adults have a smartphoneSource: Pew
  • Breaking News on Twitter
  • Breaking News Tweeting• Consult with your staff to develop a hashtag (if there isnt one)• If more than one person is tweeting, pull in their tweets to your site
  • When Live-Tweeting• Warn followers in advance• Mix play-by-play with context, background• Mix in photos, quotes• Take questions when it’s possible• Note long pauses
  • Newsroom Workflow• Reporters tweet/liveblog details, quotes and media• Web producers/editors start a story from those tweets• Reporters use tweets as notes to write longer form
  • Search.Twitter.ComSearch by keywords, location, timeCan be done in desktop, mobile appsSearch quickly - before the stream is takenover by reaction
  • When You Find Leads• Connect with eyewitnesses, get contact info• Have them wait for a reporter on scene• Verify!
  • Mobile Reporting Tools
  • Mobile Publishing
  • Productivity
  • Tools to Manage The Insanity • Trends and searchesLive search
  • Tools to Manage The Insanity
  • Try it Out
  • EXERCISE• Write a post on this session in email. Publish by email to chekrat776@tumblr.com• Take photos or audio. Publish by email to chekrat776@tumblr.com.• Send tweets with hashtag #PNTmobile
  • mobilejournos.tumblr.com Your work seen here!
  • QUESTIONS, FOLLOW-UP Mandy Jenkins mandyjenkins@gmail.com @mjenkins More resources and such at: zombiejournalism.com slideshare.net/mandyjenkins