By RAISA HABERSHAM
There are several apps at a reporter’s disposal, but they may not all be easy to find.
At a workshop I attended at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Minneapolis earlier this month called “Mobile Media Must-Haves”, moderator Tiffany Williams, CEO of Twice Media Productions, LLC, gave several tips and tricks for using apps to enhance your reporting and which apps are must-haves for journalists.
Here is a rundown of these apps, and how they can reduce your reporting time, while still helping you produce a quality product.
Sometimes it’s difficult to cross post. You may forget to post your story on one social media account or you may end up too busy to do it all. The app IFTTT (short for If This Then That) allows you to cross post on all of your social media accounts simultaneously. This is ideal for breaking news stories that need to be filed quickly and also allows your pictures to post as photos on Twitter, rather than a link. Best of all, the app is free.
This cloud-based service is great for the reporter on the go that’s trying to keep track of his or her notes. This app stores notes taken from interviews and makes them easily accessible online. Dictation is enabled on the app, but don’t rely on it. The app is also convenient for breaking news and Plus and Premium options are available for $2.99 and $5.99 per month, respectively.
3. Filmic Pro
For $7.99, Filmic Pro shoots professional video that can be used for newsroom applications or for documentaries. The app was used to create the film Tangerine, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Filmic Pro allows for manual control and is useful in breaking live news stories. Photos and videos produced to the app are cross post capable. Looking to save a few bucks? ProCamera, which includes the same features as Filmic Pro, might work for you. It’s only $5 and makes sharing what you create easier. This app is best suited for photography and has a nighttime shooting mode.
4. Tape A Call Pro
The Tape A Call app records incoming and outgoing calls and is great for those who need immediate playback capability. The app is $10 and compatible with both iOS and Android devices. You can upload recordings to Evernote, Google Drive and Dropbox. The audio can also be emailed as an MP3.
There are apps coming out nearly every month that help reporters be more proficient. For more information on other apps you can use, visit NABJ convention panelist, Val Hoeppner’s website as she provides new information on apps seasonally.