This is a collection of mobile resources from Mike Reilley and the Poynter Institute's Regina McCombs, Dave Stanton and Damon Kiesow, as well as many others. A list of mobile reporting tools appears at the end of this page. Most apps are tailored to the iPhone but have versions available for many other smart phones, too.
Mobile Industry Reading
Mobile Journalism Tools
A great blog on mobile media resources from Will Sullivan at the Reynolds Institute.
Poynter: 10 Questions to Craft Your Mobile Strategy
From Regina McCombs.
Mobile-First Journalism: A Top 10 List
Blog post by Damon Kiesow, mobile editor at the Boston Globe.
Steve Buttry: Mobile First Strategy
2009's editor-of-the-year says newsrooms need to think mobile first.
Mobile Strategies for Community News and Information Resources
Great set of links, resources and tools from Amy Gahran and the Knight Digital Media Center.
Search by ZIP code and find cell and data performance in your area. Great for studying dead zones and how your audience may (or may not) be accessing your content.
Great blog about shooting photos, video and audio using your iPhone.
Mobile-First Design Tips
Ideas on how to design for a small screen.
Mashable: Seven Ways Journalists Can Use Foursquare
Great basic tips.
10 Infographics on Mobile
Stats, facts and other resources.
TampaBay.com shows us that the iPhone camera can produce great work when put in the right hands.
A great mobile blog.
Mobile and social networking resources galore.
Reynolds Institute: Mobile Journalism Tools Guide
Great list of resources from Will Sullivan.
The Pragmatic Bookshelf
Books, readings and other resources on building mobile sites (code mostly).
Open Buildings: Archiving the World's Built Environment
Cool site that uses GPS to track where you are and feeds information to you about buildings around you, from an architectural perspective.
Mobile Apps Gallery
Government-created mobile apps on hundreds of topics and services, ranging from weather to public works.
Video: Mobile Journalism 101
Tips from a Newsday reporter.
Note: These mobile app building tools are from several sources, including Jeff Cutler. Visit his site at 60Sites.com.
First HTML5 mobile app framework.
Use this free tool to develop your smart phone app.
Use this free tool to develop your smart phone app.
Mobile content management system.
Great tool for creating mobile websites.
Screencasts on how to build code for apps.
Feed your blog updates to your Twitter account using an RSS feed. Very cool.
Twitter Chat Etiquette
Great list of tips from Jennifer Hellum.
What the Hashtag?
Look up what various hashtags mean in this database. Great for finding Twitter chats.
Test what code/features work in which browser. More web-driven than mobile, but it can be helpful.
USA.gov: Mobile Apps
A handy list of which government agencies have mobile apps and mobile Web sites.
Other Helpful Tools
Poynter: Adding Mobile Video to Reporting Skill Set
Great tips from an online chat Poynter did in April 2013.
Test an image to see if it has been Photoshopped or altered in any way. Not perfect but a good start at evaluating news photos and authenticity.
GEMMA: Geospatial Engine for Mass Mapping Applications
From Gemma: "allows you to create Google Maps with data from a number of different sources. It is possible to create maps with gemma with layers from MapTube, SurveyMapper, OpenStreetMap and from your own data. Gemma even has an accompanying iPhone app that lets you record observations on the go and then upload them to a gemma map."
Real-time analytics of your site.
Recommended Apps for Journalists
Use these iPhone apps (many available on other smart phones) to transform your phone into a reporting tool. Suggestions? Let us know: email@example.com
It launched in December 2009 to much fanfare. It has some handy tabs for managing multiple accounts, but it's not as easy to use as the Web-based version, which I use to manage six accounts. I find Tweetie 2's interface to be much quicker and easier to use. And Hootsuite (at least the early versions) crashed and had a lot of bugs.
Twitter for iPhone (formerly Tweetie 2)
In my opinion, it's the gold standard of Twitter management tools. It's easy to retweet, scan your followers' posts, your posts, add/delete followers, direct message, etc. I use this far more than I use Twitter itself.
This social bookmark site makes managing your links and pages easy. It's free, and you can build a searchable database of resources for stories, term papers and other projects.
The iPhone app is even easier to use than the desktop version. Build an launch a chat on a specific topic in less than two minutes. Promote it over social media and imbed polls, video, audio and photos into the chat. Great for field reporting and user interaction. Nice tool for covering elections, sporting events and community meetings/events.
This app records short interviews or dictations and turns them into text. I've used it a few times and I like how it easily converts copy and drops it into an e-mail. But be warned with this tool and any other dictation: words run-together and are lost in translation. Won can be replaced by one. The context isn't always clear. Plus, Dragon and other services, like Jott, struggle with accents and dialects. I would test this out a few times before trying it on a story.
This hasn't caught on as much with newsrooms, but I think it will in the future. This app allows you to listen to police, fire and rescue and other emergency calls in several cities across the country, including Chicago. It may not be perfect, but it beats lugging a police scanner around.
iTalk and SpeakEasy
Easily convert audio interviews into sound bites for the Web. I prefer iTalk because you can wirelessly transmit audio from your phone to a nearby laptop without using a cable or e-mail. You just have to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
Great hyperlocal, geo-location site created by Chicago's Adrian Holovaty. Look up public documents, news, reviews, photos and other information by ZIP code. It covers a limited number of cities, but it's a great help for reporters or anyone covering a specific neighborhood. MSNBC has purchased the Everyblock site and app, by the way.
Google, Google Earth
Google's app has voice-activated search. And Google Earth helps you find anything on the planet.
Maps Buddy works similar to AroundMe (see below). It's helpful for finding businesses, addresses and other locations.
Not sure of a city or neighborhood's ZIP? Find it here.
Teleprompter tool that works on mobile devices and on the web.
Reference and Helpful Tools
Great tool for converting heights, weights and other measurements. I use it several times a week along with the calculator. Great for quick fact-checking on stories, too.
I like the interface better than the WeatherChannel's.
Messy interface, clunky and a waste of $30. Using the reference book is much faster ... and better! Don't buy this app.
Easily file a short text post for your blog, but longer posts will tire your fingers quickly. It's good if you have no computer readily available, but I don't do a lot of mobile blogging.
News media are finding new ways to use this location-based app.
Another great app for journalists who travel. This shows you where restaurants, bars, hotels, coffee shops, banks and (yes) Apple stores are based on your location. I've used it several times while on the road. It shows you locations, maps, walking distances, etc. Very similar to MapsBuddy. I prefer both to the Where app. Just friendlier interfaces.
Contact any cab service based on your geo-location. This one costs a couple of bucks, but it's worth it for any reporter in an urban area.
Helpful for journalists who travel. I've found it to be very accurate for my flights the few times I've used it.
Photography and Photo Editing
Editing and effects that the iPhone camera won't let you do. It's only basic edits, but if you're working as a backpack journalist or filing a mobile report, this is a handy tool.
Has some of the same tools that Photoshop Mobile has. I used this app up until the Photoshop app became available.
PhoneGrafer, Snapture, CameraBag, Camera Zoom
Zoom and add various lenses and features to your iPhone camera shoots. Choose one or two as you see fit. PhoneGrafer is my favorite as it offers many settings and effects, and has a built-in level to make sure your shot is true. PhoneGrafer usually costs a few bucks, but I picked it up for free during a holiday sale. Keep any eye out for a deal in the iTunes store.
Video and Audio Recording/Editing/Streaming
Sort of a mini-Final Cut Pro for iPhone video. You can add lower thirds, transitions like cross dissolves and other features to your video, then post to the Web. If you shoot/post a lot of video, get this. It offers many more editing features than the basic iPhone camera/video interface. Money well-spent.
Originally 1st Video, this app also records audio and works with still images. It allows you to edit video and audio but does not allow you to enter lower-thirds onto your video like ReelDirector does.
New to the iPhone 4, this app allows you to edit video on your phone. So far, it has received rave reviews.
This app lets you stream live video from you iPhone video camera straight to your Ustream channel. I use a Ustream channel with my DePaul journalism classes: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chicagostories
Move videos straight to the Internet from your camera.
Great tool with iPhone 4.0's camera.
Create podcasts up to five minutes on your mobile device and post. It includes geolocation and photo features.
Fluent New, NewsFeed and Byline
Good Really Simple Syndication apps. Fluent is the best in that it retains the branding of each feed site so you know what outlet you're looking at.
NY Times, CNN, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, NPR News, AP Mobile
Must-haves. All have nice interfaces. NPR's is particularly nice. AP and CNN have mobile alerts on top headlines daily.
Terrible Web site but a great app from the people who created Ask.com. Shuffle through a collection of videos produced by University of Missouri journalism students that summarize how various media outlets covered a specific issue or top.
ABC News and MSNBC.com
Both have some nice features, but they don't live up to their Web sites. I would choose one but not both.
The best out there, hands-down. Radio and TV feeds from games anywhere, any time.
ESPN Score Center
I prefer the scoreboards to ESPN ScoreCenter. They download much quicker.
An easy-to-use interface with alerts, news, standings and scores from every sport imaginable. It has some great soccer coverage.
Listen to local broadcasts in larger markets, or tap in to the national feed. Very user friendly and great sound.
Listen to many CBS Radio stations, including many popular sports stations, and other regional/local broadcasts.
Pandora, Slacker Radio, WunderRadio
If you're tired of listening to your iPod, this is a nice break.
Made famous by the Apple ad, this app identifies recorded music by musician, title and links you to the iTunes store to buy it.
Red or white with that steak and lobster? This will pair it with food, cheese, etc.
Nightlife tips galore.
Find out who delivers.
Break up arguments among those annoying people who can't figure out how much to leave. This calculator makes it easy.
Shake and find a restaurant near your geo-location.
Funny. Offers suggestions on what point of a movie you can use the restroom ... and not miss a key scene.