The App Explosion in Journalism

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Keynote presentation by Derrick Fountain at The Mobile Show in Dubai on April 18th. Several slides containing multimedia content have been removed from this version. Visit www.derrickfountain.com to view archived writings and latest projects.

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  • The new media team is responsible for defining and executing social, mobile, and internet media strategies across the various channels within the network. Today, I ’ m here to speak about the increasing role apps play in shaping what you see on the screen when you watch Al Jazeera live on aljazeera.com, on your TV at home or on our shiny new iPhone app.
  • We contracted a company Adactus to build a mobile reporter app to run on Symbian phones. The first time the new app was taken into the field was by an excited camerman Laith Mushtaq from AJA. He was going to Chad on a news story mission and went for a walk around just after checking into his hotel. Suddenly he heard an explosion and the following images and video is what was recorded using the only available equipment he had, an N82 loaded with a mobile reporter app.
  • Journalist had been using Nokia and BB ’ s in the field. Suddenly a new door was opened by the convergence of camera, voice, design, and 3G data networks. We started to see the mobile phone differently...
  • Journalists could see how it could become a core part of the newsroom. This opened new doors for journalists, but few were walking through this new door until...
  • ...there was an app explosion. Journalists in the field were empowered by the capabilities of this new device and is ease of use.
  • They started to tinker around with apps in the field. We ’ d give them devices and consult with them before and after mission trips to see what worked or didn ’ t work. There is no set recipe, each location and context demands a different app with a different use-case. I ’ ll take you through apps being used by different journalists in the field and show you how the app explosion has brought us a long way from the journalist armed with a Nokia N82.
  • First, we ’ ll travel to Latin America where Teresa Bo uses the iMovie app to slice video into small 30 second chunks that can be sent back to the newsroom.
  • Teresa Bo: Producer AJE iMovie inLatin America I
  • Teresa sent 30 second clips from her iPhone to the newsroom.
  • Documentary filmed entirely on an iPhone http://goo.gl/IV1JG
  • No Al Jazeera photographers in the field.. DOES NOT REPLACE FILM CREWS AND EQUIPMENT. aluable for news- teams in the field:: Cameramen, Producers, Reporters
  • Audio is becoming one of the most popular types of content coming in from reporters in the field. We ’ ll see some examples of how journalists are using apps to record phone interviews, transcribe speech into text, and also to file audio reports.
  • Browse the map of Moscow and click on the icons to play the audio reports that are part of our Russia Election coverage. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2012/02/20122275573857748.html
  • Sherine Tadros: Correspondent AJE “ So often I'm in the field and see something, an image, that perfectly sums up the story or is just a great picture...in seconds I can take out my iPhone and tweet it, reaching TENS of thousands of people instantly. I no longer have to wait until the next bulletin to report and share things with our audience ” Sherine Tadros
  • The App Explosion in Journalism

    1. Derrick FountainNew MediaAl Jazeera Media Network
    2. THE APP EXPLOSIONIN JOURNALISMAPP STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
    3. BEFORE THE APP EXPLOSION, THERE WAS THECHAD EXPLOSION 2008
    4. EARLY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN NIGER
    5. May WelshCorrespondentPhoto app in Niger & Mali
    6. May WelshCorrespondentPhoto app in Niger & Mali
    7. May WelshCorrespondentPhoto app in Niger & Mali
    8. WHEN FOUR FEATURES CONVERGED, WE REACHED A TIPPING POINTCAMERA VOICE APPS 3G EASE OF USE CHANGES BEHAVIOR
    9. THIS CONVERGENCE BROUGHT NEW APPS AND NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR JOURNALISTS • Show the story, not just tell it • More depth to stories possible, audio and video • High Quality images & GPS Location • Works where there is no phone signal • Standard inexpensive tools (Mobile Phones)
    10. APPS STARTED TO BECOME A CORE PART OFNEWS CREATION
    11. TODAY, APPS ARE HELPING REPORTERSCAPTURE STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD CHAD NIGER LATIN AMERICA TURKEY CHINA EGYPT AUSTRALIA JAPAN EGYPT
    12. MOBILE VIDEO APP INLATIN AMERICA
    13. Teresa BoCorrespondent, , AJEiMovie app in Latin America
    14. “ It was useful for quickly uploading breaking news and sending it to the newsroom. I could cut it on the phone and send 30 second clips immediately. Teresa Bo Correspondent, , AJE iMovie app in Latin America
    15. MOBILE VIDEO APP INSYRIA
    16. Al Jazeera EnglishCorrespondentVideo app in Syria
    17. MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY APP INTURKEY
    18. Mahmut BozarslanCorrespondentAJE Mobile Reporter app in Turkey
    19. Mahmut BozarslanCorrespondentAJE Mobile Reporter app in Turkey
    20. Mahmut BozarslanCorrespondentAJE Mobile Reporter app in Turkey
    21. MOBILE AUDIO APP INRUSSIA
    22. Christopher TrueCorrespondent, AJESound Cloud app in Russia
    23. MOBILE VOICE APP INEGYPT
    24. Jamal ElshayyalSenior Producer, AJEDragon Dictation app in Egypt
    25. “ Dragon dictation was useful when I was covering the Egypt elections in 2010. I dictated my scripts and it converted them to text. It saved me about an hour in scripting. I could dictate whilst watching the material we had shot on my laptop. Jamal Elshayyal Senior Producer, AJE Dragon Dictation app in Egypt
    26. MOBILE AUDIO APP INAUSTRALIA
    27. Andrew ThomasSydney CorrespondentAJE Mobile Reporter app in Australia
    28. MOBILE NOTES APP INJAPAN
    29. Dorothy ParvazProducer Online, AJENotes app in Japan
    30. “ I used the notes app in Japan. I would type up my notes from the field and put in my earphones to listen to interviews that I’d recorded. I emailed these notes to myself, edited and filed to Doha. Dorothy Parvaz Producer Online, AJE Notes app in Japan
    31. MOBILE SOCIAL APP INEGYPT
    32. Sherine TadrosCorrespondent, AJETwitter app in Egypt
    33. “ So often Im in the field and see something, an image, that perfectly sums up the story or is just a great picture...in seconds I can take out my iPhone and tweet it, reaching TENS of thousands of people instantly. I no longer have to wait until the next bulletin to report and share things with our audience. Sherine Tadros Correspondent AJE Twitter app in Egypt
    34. MOBILE LIVE APP INJAPAN
    35. CONCLUSIONTechnology isn’t mature across the board but its a space that we will continue to watch
    36. THANK YOU

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