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#Tip: Mobile reporting pointers and app advice

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

The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab has published a video and short post on the PBS MediaShift site, which is well worth a look if you’re a journalist keen to make the most out of your mobile phone. The post looks at key mobile apps to consider, as well as a focus on opportunities to produce short-form video, with advice from those leading the way in the industry.

Hat tip: @mediatwit

Journalism.co.uk has also previously compiled lists of useful mobile apps, for both Android and iPhone users.

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#Tip: How iOS7 affects reporting from an iPhone

September 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Mobile, Top tips for journalists

voddio mobile reporting

 

Apple’s new iOS7 has been greeted with both cheers and cries for its abandonment of skeuomorphism, inclusion of parallax scrolling and host of new features, but what are the practical implications for journalists?

On his #iphonereporting blog, Neal Augenstein is compiling a list of how the changes and upgrades are affecting different apps and the phone’s overall practicality for reporting. He already has a detailed list but is appealing for further contributions and will be adding to

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#Tip: Know where the video mic is on your iPhone

April 22nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists
iPhone 4S and 4

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If you are an iPhone user and shoot video, do you know where the microphone is that records sound for video?

If you have an iPhone, 4, 4S or 5 and you think it is at the ‘bottom’ of your mobile, close to where your mouth would be when speaking on the phone, you are wrong.

The video mic on the 4 and 4S is the small dot next to the headphone socket (see image above). On the iPhone 5 the video mic is close to the camera lens.

The three models have a separate microphone for video, Marc Settle, who trains BBC reporters in using iPhones to shoot video, has pointed out.

As Glen Mulcahy, innovation lead at Irish broadcaster RTE, explains in this helpful post, Settle demonstrated to him that the video mic is not where many people think it is.

The advice comes after Mulcahy led a session on mobile journalism at Friday’s news:rewired, a conference run by Journalism.co.uk.

Read Glen Mulcahy’s blog post for more and for pictures of the mic locations.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Five pointers on iPhone video

Here are two videos shot on an iPhone with tips on making smartphone films look professional.

It is worth watching both videos with tips including:

1. Use an app that gives you more manual control than the standard iPhone video app. The video suggests Filmic Pro (£2.49), a previous Journalism.co.uk app of the week. The second video (at the link above) demonstrates the importance of white balance.

2. Use studio lightening – or light your subject with a second iPhone.

3. Use a second iPhone to record the audio. The video suggests the standard voice memo app.

4. Use a tripod (the second video recommends three options).

5. Get creative. This includes using a dolly and filters in Final Cut. The film also warns against using the iPhone’s own zoom.

Videos recommended by @dragilev.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: iPhone photography

Following yesterday’s tip, which linked to a video outlining photojournalism tips, today’s tip is a webchat on Poynter which focuses on iPhone photography.

The chat, which can be revisited here, is described as looking at the “benefits and drawbacks of iPhone photography, the role that apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram play in journalism, and the related ethical issues”.

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App of the week for journalists: FiLMiC Pro, for manual control when filming on iPhone

August 2nd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in App of the Week

App of the week: FiLMiC Pro

Devices: iPhone

Cost: £2.49

What is it? An iPhone app for recording video that offers manual control over sound, white balance, focus and exposure.

How is it of use to journalists? FiLMiC Pro is a video recording iPhone app that gives you manual control over image resolution and frame rate, offers an audio meter to monitor sound visually, allows GPS tagging and has a white balance function.

It beats the iPhone standard camera app when filming in areas where light is low as you can adjust the resolution and frame rate.

Adjusting the settings also allows you to save to the “FiLMiC library” which can then by synced with iTunes. This saves filling disc space in the phone’s “camera roll”.

Another setting worth adjusting is the audio. Selecting the “uncompressed” option rather than “compressed” will increase the file size of the video but will improve sound quality.

  • Have you got a favourite app that you use as a journalist? Fill in this form to nominate an app for Journalism.co.uk’s app of the week for journalists.
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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – mobile reporting field guide

Journalists interested in the latest tools they can use for reporting from an iPhone can find a guide on the Apple iBook store, which came out of a mobile reporting class at the UC Berkley Graduate School of Journalism.

According to an announcement the guide “is available as a free download in the Apple iBook store” and “can be viewed on an iPad” or can be downloaded as a PDF version.

This guidebook was the result of a mobile reporting class at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and is the work of Casey Capachi, Evan Wagstaff, Matt Sarnecki along with instructors Richard Koci Hernandez and Jeremy Rue.

Hatip: 10,000 Words

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App of the week for journalists: Topwrite

May 16th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in App of the Week

App of the week: Topwrite

Phones: iPhone

Cost: £0.69

What is it? Topwrite allows you to write your message first and then decide whether to send it in an email, as SMS, post to Facebook or Twitter

 

How is it of use to journalists? Topwrite was created by a former journalist Jon Silk to create a “fast, no nonsense tool”.

I was walking down the street and thought of something I wanted to text my wife, so I hit the ‘messages’ app and started typing. Then I realised I wanted to share it more widely on Twitter and Facebook. By the time I’d copied and pasted and found the apps and logged in I’d a) got to where I was going and b) nearly walked into two lamposts in the process.

I wanted something easy to find (like a bright orange app icon in the top right of my home screen) that I could just hit and start typing. I wanted to worry about where to send my message after I’d typed it.

Have you got a favourite app that you use as a journalist? Fill in this form to nominate an app for Journalism.co.uk’s app of the week for journalists.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – iPhone photography advice

With journalists often turning to their iPhone to capture images to illustrate a news story, here are some tips collected by the International Journalists’ Network, based on the advice of Cindi Hobgood, founder of Scout Photo Expeditions.

See the IJNet list here.

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App of the week for journalists: ExpenseMagic

March 7th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in App of the Week, Freelance

App of the week: ExpenseMagic

Devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (Blackberry and Android versions will be available soon)

Cost: Free (with options to pay for bookkeeper services)

What is it? An app that allows you to photograph expenses receipts, add details and have a PDF of your accounts emailed to you every month.

How is it of use to journalists? Unlike many of our recommended apps which focus on using your smartphone for reporting, this one helps you manage some of the more mundane necessities that go along with doing any job.

This one is of particular use for freelance journalists, but could be useful for anyone who regularly claims expenses.

The app allows you to photograph a receipt and save it and the related data to the cloud. You have two options: firstly to manually enter the data or, if you want to pay, get a bookkeeper to do it for you.

 

You can then have a PDF emailed to you (or an accounts person in your news organisation) every month, detailing your expenses.

One handy function is that you can sync with a phone’s diary, allowing you to attach a claim to a specific event or meeting.

For overseas travel, ExpenseMagic uses a phone’s GPS location to automatically select and convert a claim from a list of 159 currencies.

You can submit claims directly into three cloud accountancy software packages – FreeAgent, Freshbooks and Xero.

The makers of the app say that it is “fully compliant with UK tax laws”.

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