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
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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.
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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
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 capture moments Can replace other tools you’re using
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
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 comes from people who know their tools Download apps for your competitors; become a mobile news consumer as well as distributor
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Gadgets Microphones are a necessity for videos Tripods help in many situations Consider some basics: Bluetooth, car charger, etc.
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 …
Don’t be this guy.Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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
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
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
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
Questions?Julia Thompsonjlthompson@dmreg.com(515) 286-2560@JuliaThompson on Twitter