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#Tip: Some background reading on SEO for mobile

February 24th, 2014 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists, Traffic

If your news outlet is thinking about ways to tailor its search engine optimisation (SEO) strategy for mobile, this post on Search Engine Watch on six top tips for producing successful SEO for mobile is a good place to start. The content is geared towards the retail sector, but the lessons are still valid for others to consider.

If you want to look into the subject in more depth it’s also worth taking a look at this post by mobile marketing experts mobiThinking‘s on the best mobile SEO practices to drive traffic to your mobile site. It gives special focus to considering how mobile SEO is different, before giving tips on making it local, social and fast.

If you’re more of a visual learner there’s also a handy video from Hubshout on how to conquer mobile SEO.

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#Tip: Use these smartphone search shortcuts

January 22nd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists
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Image by Nit Soto on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Finding information quickly is imperative for journalists. Here at Journalism.co.uk, we regularly use site search tool Alfred, the subject of a previous tip, to quickly search computers, websites, and the wider internet with a few keystrokes.

On his Digital Inspiration, Amit Argawal has put together a guide on creating shortcuts for your smartphone that will sit on your home screen like apps. Shortcuts for Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wolfram Alpha, Wikipedia and others are included among others, as well as a guide to making your own shortcuts for any other site.

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From there you can collect your new search shortcuts together to make regular searches just two taps away when using mobile. It may not seem like much, but sometimes the little things can make all the difference.

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#Tip: Using FiLMiC Pro? Take a look at these tutorials

December 19th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists
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Image by Sean MacEntee on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Here on Journalism.co.uk we regularly report on new mobile apps, and share expert advice on how to make the most of your mobile device when capturing images, video and audio - this how-to guide, for example, focuses on mobile video.

Staying on the theme of mobile video, We Are Juxt, a site dedicated to “mobile photography and mobile artistry”, this month published two video tutorials from FiLMiC Pro, a Journalism.co.uk app of the week back in August last year, outlining how to use the platform. Each tutorial covers key features of the app – here is the first, and here is the second.

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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: Watch WSJ video on impact of mobile on journalism

November 13th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

For those trying to get to grips with how best to reach mobile audiences with their content, this short video from the Wall Street Journal (embedded below) is well worth a watch, not only to soak up some of the advice of those within digital-native outlets such as BuzzFeed, Mashable and Circa (and those with more traditional roots, like the WSJ), but also as a useful reminder about the different ways digital content is discovered, and the resulting demand for new approaches.

Hat tip: @fieldproducer

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#Tip: Find potential sources with Foursquare

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Eye witnesses are vital in a breaking news situation and finding them fast, when the memories are still fresh, even more so. Social media by itself can tip you off to breaking news situations but finding the people who are actually there, rather than part of an impromptu round of chinese whispers, can prove difficult.

Over on his Web Journalist Blog, Robert Hernandez has put together a step-by-step guide for finding possible sources during breaking news situations by using Foursquare.

It’s also worth checking out our previous tip on using another geolocation/social netowrking app, Banjo, for finding nearby sources.

Next time your racing to the scene of a story give it a try. Maybe let the photographer do the driving though.

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#Tip: Check out these 21 tips for ‘mobile ninjas’

November 4th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

You don’t have to go all out with mobile journalism – sometimes the traditional methods are still the best – but being aware of all the potential tools at your disposal can help you choose the best ones for the job.

At the Online News Association’s recent conference Jeremy Caplan, education director at the Tow-Knight Centre for Entrepreneurial Journalism, gave a talk including ’21 tips for mobile ninjas’, now shared as a Google doc.

As well as a range of hardware that is useful when reporting from the scene, he includes advice on best practice and a selection of useful apps for taking and editing photos, recording audio, video production, mobile publishing, live streaming and more. You might not need all of them but the range and detail of information in should have something for everyone.

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#Tip: Check out this Storify of a recent #mojochat mobile journalism discussion

October 25th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

Mobile journalism is an emerging field, driven by the constant stream of new technological hardware and software, so it is important to occasionally take stock and discuss what options people are available.

Last week a number of mobile journalism experts – including Glen Mulcahy, Neal Augenstein and Marc Settle – got together on Twitter discuss phones, apps, best practice and the very definition of what mobile journalism is. Former reporter and producer Amani Channel moderated the session and put together a Storify to sum up the discussion.

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#Podcast: Digital edition lessons and case studies for publishers

October 11th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast

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On two days in July, mobile traffic to the BBC News website and app was, for the first time, higher than desktop traffic. Indeed, in some parts of the world, mobile traffic regularly outstrips that of desktop.

Ever since Apple’s Newsstand launched two years ago, the importance of well-produced digital editions has been growing and magazines and newspapers continue to experiment.

From live, in-app updates to streams of content and multimedia embedded in PDF pageturners, this podcast looks at some case studies and lessons learned in what works best for publications and their audiences.

We speak to:

  • Alex Watson, director of product for tablet and apps, Dennis Publishing
  • Mike Goldsmith, editor-in-chief of digital editions, Future Publishing
  • Patrick Salien, digital manager, Het Nieuwsblad
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk podcast feed.
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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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By Das-Fotoimaginarium on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

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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