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#Tip: Advice on creating 15-second Instagram videos

September 18th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Multimedia, Top tips for journalists
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Here are “11 practical, use-them-right-now tips that will help you produce better Instagram videos“.

Wondering how much journalistic value there is in producing 15-second videos? Read this on how NowThis News is producing ‘instaview’ videos, offering soundbite answers from an interview.

The Instagram video tips offered include:

Hold your finger over your phone’s microphone if you don’t want sound when shooting a clip within the app.

And:

Keep several standard clips on your phone for when you need to create on the go.

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#Tip: App advice for capturing and editing mobile images

September 11th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Mobile, Photography, Top tips for journalists
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The website for photo agency Pocketstock has an ‘expert guide’ from photographer Richard Gray, which offers a useful list of apps for capturing and editing images on the go – a useful reference for journalists looking to make the most of their smartphone on the ground.

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#Tip: How to shoot quality video on mobile

August 29th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

Neal Augenstein’s site #iphonereporting is a consistent source of excellent guidelines on how best to use your smartphone to supplement traditional reporting tools. These tips on shooting video on your phone are no different.

The tips are technical and technological – covering how best to hold the phone and edit the video as well as which apps to use in the process – and give a solid start to anyone looking to get good video on the go.

Shameless plug: Mobile journalism luminary Glen Mulcahy, quoted in Augenstein’s article above, is running a one-day course on mobile reporting for Journalism.co.uk in September if you want to take your skills to the next level.

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#Tip: Check out interesting news app study findings

August 9th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

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Pandodaily has reported on a study by Localytics which offers some interesting findings on apps, which may be of interest to news publishers working on launching mobile and/or tablet apps.

Key findings from the study, according to Pandodaily’s report, include:

  • That time spent with news apps on tablet devices said to be “50 times” higher than mobiles
  • That “80 percent of content shares from apps happen by email”
  • And that the amount of time spent with apps is said to have fallen 26 per cent
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#Podcast: Lessons from Brazil, the US and Italy on launching an evening iPad edition

June 28th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Mobile, Podcast

News outlets across the world have embraced the tablet as another platform from which to reach new digital audiences, and often supply them with a new editorial experience. One model in particular is the evening iPad newspaper edition, which have been launched by a number of outlets across the world.

This week’s podcast looks at three examples of evening iPad editions in the US, Brazil and Italy, all taking the approach of offering content which users will not find via the news outlet’s other products in print or online, and often in a more magazine-style.

We hear from:

  • Pedro Doria, executive editor, O Globo
  • Keira Nothaft, senior director of special projects, Arizona Republic
  • Andrea Iannuzzi, former deputy editor of La Repubblica Sera, now editor, Agenzia Giornali Locali, Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso
  • Luca Fraioli, deputy editor, La Repubblica Sera
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.
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#Tip: Remember these lightweight liveblogging options

June 21st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists
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Image by espensorvik on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Liveblogging and mobile reporting are still relatively young media for journalism so experiments and explorations in furthering the field are always welcome developments.

At Hacks/Hackers Brighton on Monday, Adam Tinworth tried out a new lightweight option for liveblogging the event, focussed around his iPad. The results were prolific and he shared his views and experiences, as well as equipment specs, in a subsequent blog post.

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#Tip: Remember these options for smartphone reporting with no 3G

June 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

Modern journalism in the field has come to rely heavily on smartphones. Where once copy and content would be phoned in or tapes delivered by courier to the newsdesk, much of the work is now done by one little handheld device. But what if there is no 3G?

Marc Settle, a trainer in mobile journalism and social media at the BBC College of Journalism, posed this question to a group of “mojo” luminaries on Twitter and organised their ideas into a Storify. Featuring Neal Augenstein, Nick Garnett and Glen Mulcahy, these options should be brought up in newsrooms or written down and kept on hold should the unthinkable happen.

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#Tip: How to do a multitrack edit on your iPhone

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If you are a broadcast journalist or create podcasts, you are no doubt familiar with multitrack editing on a desktop computer. But do you do complicated audio edits on your phone?

One app which allows you to do this is Voddio, made by Vericorder, which we have written about several times at Journalism.co.uk.

Voddio and it is used by BBC 5 Live reporter Nick Garnett (who has become known as “the iPhone guy”, he tells me).

Neal Augustein, a US radio reporter, has created a video guide to using Voddio.

The four-minute video guide is at this link.

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#Tip: Interested in mobile reporting? Check out this resource of related reading

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In September last year a new platform called Spundge was launched to help journalists keep track content across the web, store away useful and interesting material into ‘notebooks’ and even publish directly to social and blog platforms.

This week one of the journalists behind it, Craig Silverman, tweeted a link to a mobile journalism notebook, created by Mick Côté, which gathers content from the web relating to the latest developments in this field – and would be a useful resource for those interested in mobile reporting.

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#Podcast: How technology is spurring citizen journalism in Kenya

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the African Union, this week’s podcast looks at the influence of mobile phones and social media on journalism in Kenya.

We speak to:

  • Musa Haron, broadcast journalist and blogger, Nairobi
  • Njenga Hakeenah, Earth Journalism Network fellow and radio journalist, Hope FM
  • Alice Klein, freelance journalist and co-founder, Radar, which carries out media development

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

These interviewees will be joined by more Kenyan journalists in the full write-up on the topic next week.

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