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Mobile journalism is the leading source of news for adults in the US

31 Mar

Many more adults are relying on their smartphones in order to access news updates. Photo courtesy of Pew Internet and American Life Project

Mobile devices have become the leading source of news for adults in the US, new data has shown.

A report published by the Pew Internet and American Life Project indicates that 47 per cent of adults in the US use a smartphone or other mobile device in order to access their local and national news.

The figures also show an increase in the number of adults who are looking to their smartphones and mobiles for day-to-day weather updates, social media activity and local information about businesses and restaurants.

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Top tweeting tips

31 Mar

For any budding mobile journalists out there, this list of tweeting tips from award-winning journalist Mary Hamilton is sure to provide you with some invaluable advice.

We picked a couple of tips that we feel are the most important for any journalist hoping to tweet the news to the waiting world.

Hashtags – if you are reporting from an event or an incident, check to see if it already has a hashtag on Twitter and, if it does, make sure to use it at the end of every tweet. Not only will this allow people to see what you are tweeting about, but it will also make your tweets much easier to find. If you are organising an event or are planning to tweet from an event, make sure that you make  your Twitter followers aware of what hashtag you are using. That way they can use it and join in with any conversation or debate.

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Weather updates are the top search on mobiles

26 Mar

Weather updates beat news in mobile searches. Photo: Svedek.

Weather updates and local business searches are the most popular reason for people tapping into their mobile according to research.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism  found that local news coverage followed next, trailed by sports and traffic information.

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Mobile broadcast journalism

23 Mar

Luci Live enables you to transform your smartphone into a recording studio. Photo courtesy of http://www.filecluster.com

Meet Luci Live, the software that allows you to turn your Mac, Windows PC/Phone or iPhone into a device for broadcasting audio.

The software, available online or through the iPhone App Store for £239.99, enables you to make high quality audio recordings, edit, add images and then upload them to the internet or a studio.

The Luci Live program represents a great advance in mobile journalism, enabling mojos everywhere to broadcast audio feeds from anywhere in the world (anywhere, that it, with a 3G or WiFi connection). The creators of this exciting new software promises to deliver ‘professional and streamlined approach to your reportage, bringing with it the highest levels of quality, user-friendliness and reliability’.

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Mobile journalism conference

20 Mar

An upcoming international conference will explore how emerging digital and social technologies will impact journalism, media communications and publishing.

For two days, professors, journalists, bloggers, and entrepreneurs will debate how social technologies can be used to improve the journalism we produce. Speakers include press critic Jay Rosen, and Riyaad Minty, head of social media at Al Jazeera.  

Held by Media140 Frontiers, the event in Barcelona takes place 13 – 14 April. Tickets cost €120 and are still available.

Click here for conference details.

Five useful apps for your Blackberry

18 Mar

Blackberry smartphones may be the phone of choice for many journalists, largely due to their emailing functionality, but they fail to garner much recognition for the mobile app capabilities. The iphone, on the other hand, is renowned for the ease with which users can download and use applications.

Blackberry models can be more clunky (think the popular Bold and Curve models) and most lack the touch-screen capabilities of the iPhone (barring the less popular, but growing, Torch and Storm models) so many feel the iPhone lends itself to app use more

Blackberry Curve

readily.

But the Blackberry App World is a treasure trove, where many of the apps are free.

Here, we look at 5 apps that Blackberry-wielding journalists shouldn’t do without.

(1)    Vlingo

The app is a voice recognition programme that ‘turns your voice into actions’. You can send messages, open applications, search the web and update your Twitter and Facebook status using the app, but its greatest feature doesn’t use voice recognition at all.

Using the programme’s SafeReader software, you can choose to have your emails or text messages read out loud by your Blackberry. As journalists we obviously rely on the Blackberry email service but in certain circumstances reading them is either a nuisance or unsafe. While driving, for example, the function can be particularly useful. Or, if bashing out a word article 1000 in your office due in two hours time, you can still keep an ear to your communications without needing to be distracted by a screen. Continue reading

iPad is saving longform journalism

16 Mar

The iPad is set reignite longform journalism. Photo: Wilbertbaan.

The development of journalism online has seen a reshaping of how content is delivered. Some feared that long, indepth articles would be killed off, but Mark Armstrong, founder of Twitter’s @longreads, believes that tablet computers, such as the iPad, have changed the playing field.

Talking at a panel on the future of journalism, it has been reported by Community Impact Newspaper that Armstrong said:

“The content that was created over 15 years ago on the Web was created specifically for workplace engagement—five minutes or less while at work or on a quick break.”

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