Mobile Journalism

This is a collection of mobile resources from Mike Reilley of The Journalist’s Toolbox. Also contributing are Regina McCombs, Dave Stanton and Damon Kiesow. 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 Android and other operating systems. Some apps may no longer be available.
Mobile Industry Reading

Mobile Journalism Manual
The guide for reporters and newsrooms.

Steve Buttry: Mobile First Strategy
2009’s editor-of-the-year says newsrooms need to think mobile first.

GIJN: Essential Mobile Journalism Tools

GIJN: Editing on a Smartphone

GIJN: Recording Audio on a Smartphone

Headliner app
Turn podcasts and articles into compelling visual stories.

Mobile Strategies for Community News and Information Resources
Great set of links, resources and tools from Amy Gahran and the Knight Digital Media Center.

Knight Foundation Study on Mobile News Consumption
Curation of content and a heat map of new ideas and models for solutions journalism.

Journalism.co.uk: Six-Must Have Mobile Tools for Journalists

12 Useful Apps for the iPhone X

ShoulderPod: Mobile Journalism
Resources, history of mobile reporting and much, much more.

IJNet: Basics of Smartphone Photography

MediaShift: 7 Ways to Build a Mobile, Multi-Platform Newsroom
How ASU’s Cronkite School shifted Cronkite News to a mobile platform.

Must-Have Mobile Journalism Accessories

TV VJ: Definitive Guide to iOS Audio Accessories

Mobile Journalism Tools
A great blog on mobile media resources from Will Sullivan at the Reynolds Institute.

Product Hunt: Best Tools for Livestreaming
Great list that includes Periscope and Meerkat.

Mobile Production Toolkit
USC professors offer some great apps and tools to use in the field for multimedia reporting on your smartphone.

Data Journalism Needs to Go Mobile and Who Does it Well

Essential Tools and Tactics for Video on Social

IJNet: Top Mobile Phone Apps for Journalists (Spring 2017)

Storm App
App lets you gather tweets for a tweetstorm.

Mobile Journalism Manual
The manual “shall encourage and empower journalists to produce more video stories just using their smartphones. It was written by mojo expert Corinne Podger and produced with a team of trainers and journalists, supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Media Programme Asia.”

MOOC: Mobile Journalism
This archived course covers how to use your phone to produce great videos and build a social audience.

21 Tips for Mobile Ninjas
From Jeremy Caplan’s 2013 ONA presentation. Great resources.

GIJN: Editing on a Smartphone

How to Get Started in Mobile Journalism
Nice overview from Journalism.co.uk.

Google Test My Site for Mobile/Desktop
Test your site’s performance across mobile and desktop devices.

12 Must-Have Apps for Journalists
Great list of apps for recording calls, editing video, etc.

PBS MediaShift: Blow up the live blog with real-time reporting tools

The Next Web: 10 Best Apps for Shooting, Sharing Video

Zapier
Connects your apps to help your workflow become more efficient.

Field Recorder
Android app that is great for recording phone conversations.

Wannabe Hacks: Must-Have Phone Apps for Journalists
Links galore.

Five Things to Know About How Younger Generations Consume Media

Using Your Phone for iPhone Reporting
A Storify of a Twitter chat on iPhone reporting. Good tips, links.

Newsroom.Tools: Mobile Journalism Tools

Mobile-First Journalism: A Top 10 List
Blog post by Damon Kiesow, former mobile editor at the Boston Globe.

100 Best iPhone Apps of All-Time

WithOomph
Create your own logo instantly.

Totem
An iPad app that helps tell personal stories.

IJNET: Smartphone video shooting tips
Stores important numbers in your life and makes them visual.

Tips on Writing for Mobile Devices

Root Metrics
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.

iPhoneography
Great blog about shooting photos, video and audio using your iPhone.

MyGeoPosition
Type in an address to get longitude/latitude. Also use it wit Twitter’s search to locate tweets in a specific area.

Easy Guide to Mobile Data Collection
Data viz, social media, verification and more.

Mobile-First Design Tips
Ideas on how to design for a small screen.

GIJN: Mobile Journalism Guide

GIJN: Advanced Guide on Verifying Video Content

The Ultimate iPhone Photography Guide
Good list of basic apps and tools.

Netted.net
Webbys e-newsletter on mobile.

Tips on Using a Camera Phone

Mashable: Best Android Apps for Photo Editing

25 Cool Apps for Digital Nomads

Mobile First News

Global Mojo
A great mobile blog.

Nieman Lab: Making Data Viz Work on Mobile

Mobile Apps for Journalists
From Val Hoeppner.

Pop
A mobile visual storytelling approach. Free in the Apple app store.

Wickr
The safest way for journalists–and anyone–to communicate via mobile, and more than a million people are using it. Free in the Apple app store.

GoMo News

The Pragmatic Bookshelf
Books, readings and other resources on building mobile sites (code mostly).

Mobile Apps Gallery
Government-created mobile apps on hundreds of topics and services, ranging from weather to public works.

Storyline
From Arcivr, this app lets you build audio slideshows on your phone.

Reported.ly
From First Look Media, global news delivered entirely through social media.

Smashing Hub: 10 Data Viz Inspirations for Mobile, Apps
Great examples and resources.

PBS MediaShift: News Apps to Watch in 2014
Great examples and resources.

Video: Mobile Journalism 101
Tips from a Newsday reporter.

YouTube Creators Academy
Primers, tips and training videos galore.

Mobile Tools for Video

Excellence in Journalism 2019 — Data Viz, Mobile Reporting, Social Tools

Mobile Tools for Photos

Journalism.co.uk: Tips and Trick for Mobile Journalists

MacStories: Must-Have 2014 iPad Apps

iPhone Photography School
A great blog about shooting better photos with the iPhone. Tips, examples, interviews with photogs.

ProPublica: Design Principles for News Apps

Bubble.is
Create mobile and web apps without code.

Buffer: The Ideal Length of All Online Content

Lomotif
Add audio/music to those cool hyperlapse videos.



App-Building Tools

Note: These mobile app and responsive design building tools are from several sources, including Jeff Cutler.

Responsive Design Checker
Enter a web address to see if the site is responsive web design.

PBS Media Shift: Platforms for Educators to Share Student Work

The Internet in Real-Time
See how quickly content is generated with this real-time ticker. Very cool. Good teaching tool.

Content Curation Tools Supermap
Resources galore from Robin Good.

UberFlip
Like AppStudio, it converts a finished PDF file into a mobile- and tablet-friendly HTML5 website.

Shoutem.com
App-making tool.

MobileV.is
Tool for building data visualizations on mobile.

Appcelerator

MotherApp

PhoneGap

RunRev

AppMakr

MyAppBuilder

Forbes: Best iPhone Camera Apps

Graphic and Links to Dozens of Cool Apps

Sencha Touch
First HTML5 mobile app framework.

AppMakr
Use this free tool to develop your smart phone app.

PhoneGap
Use this free tool to develop your smart phone app.

MoFuse.com
Mobile content management system.

Mobify.me
Great tool for creating mobile websites.

Peepcode
Screencasts on how to build code for apps.

Modernizr
Library of Javascript code.

How to Get Started with Drones

Dive into HTML 5

TwitterFeed
Feed your blog updates to your Twitter account using an RSS feed. Very cool.

Typeform
Build content across platforms. Great for mobile.

9 Apps for Adding Text to Your Photos

What the Hashtag?
Look up what various hashtags mean in this database. Great for finding Twitter chats.

HTML5 Readiness
Test what code/features work in which browser. More web-driven than mobile, but it can be helpful.

12 iPhone Application Resources

USA.gov: Mobile Apps
A handy list of which government agencies have mobile apps and mobile Web sites.

Ragan: 14 Apps That Will Jumpstart Your Writing



Other Helpful Tools

MobiForms Developer
Develop mobile apps in HTML 5 with no programming. Download the software from this site.

Embed Responsively
Allows you to embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo, Maps from Google and photos from Instagram so they are responsive on your site and will resize on any device.

Animoto
Video production and sharing tool. Works as an app as well.

TouchCast
For desktop and mobile. Create interactive videos.

DabKick
Real-time social media/multimedia sharing app.

Chartbeat
Real-time analytics of your site.

Web Metrics Basics for Journalists



Recommended Apps for Journalists (updated 2018)
Use these iPhone apps (many available on other smart phones) to transform your phone into a reporting tool. Suggestions? Let us know: [email protected]



Reporting Tools

How to Take a Good iPhone Photo in the Dark

Top 10 Paid iPhone Apps for Photojournalists

Dragon Dictation
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.
Police Radio
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.
Google, Google Earth
Google’s app has voice-activated search. And Google Earth helps you find anything on the planet.
Google Maps
Beyond directions, it’s helpful for finding businesses, addresses and other locations. Even sources
ZIP Finder
Not sure of a city or neighborhood’s ZIP? Find it here.

Cue Prompter
Teleprompter tool that works on mobile devices and on the web.

Reference and Helpful Tools
Dictionary
Thesaurus
Factbook
Calcbot 2

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. (Formerly called Convertbot)
WeatherBug
I like the interface better than the WeatherChannel’s.
AP Stylebook
Messy interface, clunky and a waste of $30. Using the reference book is much faster … and better! Don’t buy this app.



Blogging
WordPress
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.



Location-Based
FourSquare
News media are finding new ways to use this location-based app.
GoWalla
See FourSquare.
AroundMe
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.
FlightTrack
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
Photoshop Mobile
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.
This
Great app that allows you to layer text and direction arrows on top of a photo. Works well on mobile phone but better on a tablet.

Photo Forge
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
Vidometer
Layer geolocation, altitude, speed, etc. on top of your video. Good for verifying location, and it works well with GoPro, so it’s helpful for action sports footage.
ReelDirector
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.
Voddio
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.
iMovie
New to the iPhone 4, this app allows you to edit video on your phone. So far, it has received rave reviews.
Qik
Move videos straight to the Internet from your camera.
Skype
Great tool with iPhone 4.0’s camera.
AudioBoo.fm
Create podcasts up to five minutes on your mobile device and post. It includes geolocation and photo features. Find many more apps on the Podcasting page.



Sports
MLB.com
The best out there, hands-down. Radio and TV feeds from games anywhere, any time.
ESPN Score Center
Not impressed.
FOXSports
I prefer the scoreboards to ESPN ScoreCenter. They download much quicker.
Yahoo! Sportacular
An easy-to-use interface with alerts, news, standings and scores from every sport imaginable. It has some great soccer coverage.
ESPN Radio
Listen to local broadcasts in larger markets, or tap in to the national feed. Very user friendly and great sound.
AOL Radio
Listen to many CBS Radio stations, including many popular sports stations, and other regional/local broadcasts.



Music
Pandora, Slacker Radio, WunderRadio
If you’re tired of listening to your iPod, this is a nice break.
Shazam
Made famous by the Apple ad, this app identifies recorded music by musician, title and links you to the iTunes store to buy it.



Miscellaneous
Wine Snob
Red or white with that steak and lobster? This will pair it with food, cheese, etc.
Urban Daddy
Nightlife tips galore.
GrubHub
Find out who delivers.
Tipulator
Break up arguments among those annoying people who can’t figure out how much to leave. This calculator makes it easy.
Urban Spoon
Shake and find a restaurant near your geo-location.
RunPee
Funny. Offers suggestions on what point of a movie you can use the restroom … and not miss a key scene.

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