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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
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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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