Outstanding apps for mobile journalists

byMargaret Looney
Oct 21, 2013 in Miscellaneous

Journalists who use smartphones for their reporting have a new resource featuring nearly 50 apps for shooting and editing video, taking professional pics, recording audio and more.

Jeremy Caplan, Director of Education at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, shared a Google Document called "21 Tips for Mobile Ninjas," which he presented at the Online News Association conference in Atlanta last week, along with Allissa Richardson, Mobile Media Professor at Bowie State University.

The following are a few standout apps from the guide:

  • Streamweaver is a collaborative video app for iPhone that lets you record video simultaneously with up to three other friends, so you can capture the same moment from different perspectives at the same time. Streamweaver automatically fuses the videos together to create a split-screen experience. Check out an example here.

  • Snapseed is a photo-editing software available for Android and iOS. Though it may share many capabilities of similar photo editors, it features some unique creative enhancements, and Caplan praised the app for its excellent interface. It's also synced with Google Plus for easy sharing.

  • GorillaCam is a stop motion video app available for iPhone and iPod Touch. The app will take a collection of still shots and stitch them together in a video. The app also features a timelapse setting, with a capture time between 1 minute and 12 hours and a playback time of 5 seconds to 10 minutes. The app also includes a self-timer, bubble level for even pictures and an anti-shake mode.

And you can find out how to stock your mojo backpack by glimpsing at Caplan and Richardson's must-haves for a trip out in the field.

And to find even more apps, Caplan suggests subscribing to Netted.

See the highlights from their presentation via Twitter hashtag #mobile1st or Richardson's Storify of the event. You can also hear the full audio recording of the presentation here.

IJNet Editorial Assistant Margaret Looney writes about the latest media trends, reporting tools and journalism resources.

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