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  • Mobile Reporting Apps

    Mobile Reporting Apps


    Gist Mobile Search
    Get quick cards of visual summaries with search stories. The web brought to life, not hidden behind links Powerec by NeevaAI.

    Best Gear for Mobile Video Journalism and Mobile Filmmaking for TV

    Mojo Manual
    A fantastic, free guide of resources and tips for mojo reporters. Built by Corinne Podger and several others, it looks at safety, storytelling, data journalism and much more, all through a mobile reporting lens.


    Robb Montgomery: The Best Mobile Gear
    From the author of the Mobile Journalism book, The best gear for mobile video journalism, mobile journalism for TV, mobile filmmaking and creating broadcast-quality mobile content.

    Mojo Manual
    A fantastic, free guide of resources and tips for mojo reporters. Built by Corinne Podger and several others, it looks at safety, storytelling, data journalism and much more, all through a mobile reporting lens.

    Recommended Apps for Journalists (updated 2022): Use these iPhone apps (many available on other smart phones) to transform your phone into a reporting tool. Suggestions? Let us know: Several suggestions from Mark Blank-Settle at the BBC. 30 Mojo Apps from BBC Trainer Marc Blank-Settle (2022) Six Must-Have Apps for Journalists (2019)

    Red Herring: Top Five Apps for Journalists

    Switcher Studio: Nine Must-Have Apps for Journalists

    28-Plus Apps That Make Your Journalist’s Life Easier Than Ever

    NCPress: Most Popular Apps for Journalists (2016)

    BBC Blogs College of Journalism: How to Record a Phone Call on Your iPhone

    Mobile Tools: Useful Apps for Journalists
    List of great apps from a February 2021 Clubhouse discussion.

    How to Take a Good iPhone Photo in the Dark

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

    Trello: Mobile Reporting Apps for Your Newsroom and Classroom
    2020 resources from Victor Hernandez and Mike Reilley. Must log-in to Trello (free account) to access.

    Prezi: Mobile Reporting Apps for Your Newsroom and Classroom
    Mike Reilley’s presentation from SPJ 2020.

    FilterGrade: Seven Mobile Apps for Graphic Design

    YouTube Audio Library
    Find hundreds of rights-free music tracks.
    Transform your podcast into a video.

    Captionista (iOS app)
    A video subtitling app for rapid subtitling of short videos for posting on social media with an emphasis on quality of text rendering, styling and text accuracy (no AI).

    Phone app for creating and sharing lists.

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

    IJNET: What is Clubhouse and How Can I Use to to Report?

    Nieman Lab: Buzzy Apps Like Clubhouse Tap into Age-Old Appeal of Human Voice

    Seek App
    Download phone app and use it to identify a plant, bug or animal and get background information.

    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.


    Reference and Helpful Tools




    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)


    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.


    Wordpress, Squarespace, Medium, Substack (newsletter), Wix, Format are good choices for beginners.

    Gist Mobile Search
    Get quick cards of visual summaries with search stories. The web brought to life, not hidden behind links Powerec by NeevaAI.

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

    Flight-Tracking Apps

    Flight Aware
    Click the U filter to track military flights.


    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.

    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.


    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.

    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.

    StoryMap and PhotoMapo
    Geolocate your images on a cool map

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

    Photo, Video and Audio Recording/Editing/Streaming

    Moble Motion: Master Your iPhone Camera Epic Tutorial
    Beginner to expert guide with great tips

    Luma Fusion
    Top-of-the-line video editor for iOS and Android. Great control and you can add layers, lower-thirds, music and effects. Interface looks like Adobe Premiere. Works best on a tablet. Cost is high, $29.99, but so worth it.

    LumaFusion Training Video: Time-Saving on the Timeline in LumaFusion
    Great tips from Caroline Scott.

    VN Video Editor
    Free short-form video editor for iOS and Android. Easy to use and you can add layers, lower-thirds, music and effects.

    Beast Cam Pro – $4.99
    Great for shooting video. Excellent control, stabilization settings. Intuitive and has the audio meter on the main panel’s right side.

    Video 2 Photo – $2.00
    Pull HD screengrabs from your videos on-the-fly.

    Focos Live Video Editor

    Stories and reels maker.

    Salo Dual-Camera App
    Great for Instagram videos or quick live reporting standups when you don’t have an MMJ set-up handy. Great stabilizer and works well with a selfie stick or just holding it. Expensive but excellent app.

    File transfer tool. Send and receive video easily.

    MixCaptions app
    Add lower thirds/captions

    Layer text over video in typewriter fashion

    Black Highlighter
    Black out text on a video with this tool

    Layer effects into video

    Layer in video effects, good for TikTok

    Rarevision VHS
    Makes videos look like they were shot back in the 1980s and are playing on VHS

    Places a greenscreen behind you so you can adjust the background

    Build cool collage videos (think Brady Bunch opening or Zoom)

    Darkroom photo app
    Great collection of photo editing tools.

    Edit photos

    CinemaP3camera App
    Great photo capture app with many settings

    GoDaddy Studio
    Layer text over photos

    Capture anything around you on your phone and drop it onto your laptop seamlessly.


    Videolicious, Magisto and Flipagram
    Build/edit videos and audio slideshows in these easy-to-use apps. Videolicious is a personal fave for its easy of use and quality of production.

    Short Form Video Apps
    Features of TikTok, Triller and Instagram Reels.

    Video stabilizing app. Intuitive to use. Just load your video and adjust settings.

    Mojo: Video slideshows for Instagram stories.

    This phone app and desktop tool from Tinrocket converts photos into watercolor art.

    This phone app and desktop tool from Tinrocket converts video into watercolor illustrations.

    Great photo filters and layer text on photos easily.

    App layers moving text over photos.

    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.

    Color Splash
    Add color to black-and-white images

    Similar to Headliner. Great for building audiograms.

    Build slideshows

    Editing app for TikTok videos

    Records front and back cameras at the same time, similar to DoubleTake

    Pulls a photo from any video frame

    Export Audio
    Extract audio from a video in this app

    Before and After
    Use photos to create before/after videos. Good for environment stories.

    Data Viz

    Icongraph, Chartistic and Viz
    Build simple tables and charts

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

    Filmic Pro
    Record video with great controls

    Edit video on your phone. Some decent features but very basic.

    GoPro video editing tool.


    Adobe Creative Cloud Express
    A suite of Adobe apps such as Photoshop, Spark Video, etc. Create graphics, social videos and much more.

    Apple Clips




    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.

    360 apps


    Google Street View



    The best out there, hands-down. Radio and TV feeds from games anywhere, any time.


    I prefer the scoreboards to ESPN ScoreCenter. They download much quicker.

    The Athletic

    Affordable at $5. Great coverage and use of data analysis in reporting.

    ESPN Radio

    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.

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


    Wine Snob

    Red or white with that steak and lobster? This will pair it with food, cheese, etc.

    Urban Daddy

    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.

    Urban Spoon

    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.

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


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