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#Tip: Recommended Android photography apps

The Next Web has compiled a list of nine apps which Android-using journalists might like to take a look at to improve their work when capturing images, covering each stage of the photography process.

And if you are an iPhone user, not to worry, The Next Web has already covered photography apps for you too.

For anyone interested in capturing video on their phone, here is a feature which looks at some of the apps and techniques recommended for creating moving image with a mobile.

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#Tip: This tool will send you an SMS if your site goes offline

September 5th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists



Monitor is a tool that will send you a text message or email if your site or a particular URL goes offline.

As The Next Web says:

Quite simply, Monitor will tell you by email or SMS when any of the websites that you are monitoring have gone offline, and will provide other stats showing you the site’s uptime history.

The free service doesn’t allow you to enable SMS alerts, and also restricts you to syncing your list of monitored sites once an hour. Paying the flat fee of $5.99 per month removes these restrictions and allows your Monitor to sync every five minutes, as well as unlocking a few other features.


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#Tip: Videonotes can streamline online research

April 18th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Keeping track of notes when researching a story can sometimes be a struggle, especially when they refer to online resources. Videonotes (not to be confused with VideoNote) can help to ease the process by letting you tag notes to any video from around the internet, as this article from The Next Web explains.

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#Podcast – What journalists should know about is a Twitter-like microblogging service and open platform which launched earlier this month.

Users pay $50 a year to be members and in return they get the guarantee that the platform will always be open and it will never have advertising.

You can read more about what it could mean for journalists and news outlets in our Q&A with founder and chief executive of Dalton Caldwell.

In this podcast technology editor Sarah Marshall looks at what journalists should know about

The podcast hears from:

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


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#Tip of the day from – a browser extension for marking your reading point

February 23rd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The Next Web has pointed out a handy Chrome extension called youRhere.

It allows you to “not only save the things you’d like to check out or share later, but it will let you save the exact spot where you left off while reading it”.

Whether you get pulled into a meeting or have to walk the dogs, you’ve probably started to read an article and had to drop everything that you’re doing. Rather than have to re-read what you’ve already read later, you can double click a line in the article and youRhere will remember it for you.

It is worth taking a look at our 10 incredibly useful browser add-ons for journalists

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#Tip of the day from – try coding with Programr

January 19th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists has tipped Google Code University and Codeacademy as online tutorials for wannabe coders. The Next Web recommends Programr.

The Next Web spoke to Rajesh Moorjani, co-founder of Programr “to find out more about the service’s approach to encouraging new coding talent”.

Moorjani believes that Programr offers more as it “empowers aspiring coders to learn and accomplish so much more using its cloud-labs technology”.

The post explains that it is the hands-on, community-based approach that makes it worth considering if you are journalist who wants to try your hand at coding.

Read the Next Web’s article on Programr: The code school with a hands-on, community-based approach.


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#Tip of the day from – try SocialBro for real-time Twitter analytics

January 17th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The Next Web points out that SocialBro, a web app available in the Chrome store, has rolled out a new feature which could be handy for journalists and social media managers.

Describing the app as a “truly useful tool”, the post states:

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to see which of your Twitter followers are around right now so you know who’s likely to read your next tweet? Twitter analytics startup SocialBro has just rolled out an update that lets you do just that.

Read about the launch of SocialBro’s Twitter analytics here. lists SocialBro among the 10 free apps in the Chrome web store that journalists should know about.

Tipster: Sarah Marshall

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What journalists and publishers need to know about the iPhone 4S and iOS 5

October 5th, 2011 | 3 Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Mobile

There are a three of posts worth reading if you want to work out which features unveiled in yesterday’s Apple announcements are relevant to journalists and the industry.

Poynter has a five things journalists need to know about the new iPhone 4S and iOS 5.

Jeff Sonderman states the five benefits of the iPhone 4S and iOS5 are:

1. A price drop for older models of iPhone;

2. An 8 megapixel camera;

3. Safari reading mode, enabling single-column reading and a ‘save for later’ Instapaper-style feature;

4. NewsStand, a development of interest to newspaper and magazine publishers. The Guardian explains what NewsStand means for publishers in this article written when the feature was announced in June;

5. Twitter integration.

The Next Web last night (Tuesday, October 4) published details of Apple’s US publisher partners for NewsStand. The New York Times, GQ, Wired, National Geographic are all on board, according to this post.

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#Tip of the day from – how to define your blog’s target audience

The Next Web has a helpful post for anyone thinking of starting a blog. It’s also a useful checklist to enable current bloggers to take stock. The tips are illustrated with examples so it is worth reading the Next Web’s full post which will help you consider each point in this summary list.

1. Work out and define your target audience;

2. Be aware of readers outside of your target audience;

3. Reach beyond your target audience by explaining terms and acronyms your regular readers understand;

4. Work out your target demographic;

5. Work out what your niche audience wants to read about;

6. Understand what else your audience is reading.

7. Be open to the idea that your niche and your audience might change.

Tipster: Sarah Marshall

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Andy Rutledge: What works and what doesn’t in news site design

US-based designer Andy Rutledge has written an excellent post on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to news site design and navigation. It is a must read for anyone remotely interested in how to present news on desktops and mobile.

You need to click though to this post in order to see all his comments when he describes what is wrong with the New York Times site. Here are a few points he makes after considering a number of digital news contributions.

  • Headlines should describe, inform, and be powerful. They should be the workhorse of the publication.
  • There is no ‘edition’. All news is global. All news is local. ‘Global Edition’ and ‘Local Edition‘, etc… are non sequiturs. Navigation and filters should be rational and easy to use.
  • There is no ‘most popular’ news. There is news and there is opinion and they are mutually exclusive. Popularity of stories is something not contextual to news sites, but to social media sites.
  • News is not social media. If it is, it fails to be news.
  • Those whose news reporting is of low quality avoid the marketplace and instead concentrate on the mob/opinion arena.

Rutledge goes on to make a case for charging for content saying “quality news is valuable” and “must therefore have a cost”. He then questions journalistic content.

Regarding content strategy and mechanism, today’s ‘news’ is rife with irrelevancies and distractions. Part of this is due to the news industry’s abandonment of actual journalism, but much of it is due to thoughtless promotional strategy and pathetic pandering. I suggest that digital news acquire a responsible and more usable approach. For instance:

  • ‘Featured’ sections are irrelevant, opinion-shaping editorial promotion; not news.
  • Headlines matter and can be scanned; intro text does not and compromises scanning.
  • Author, source, and date/time are important.
  • Opinion or Op Eds are distinct from news.
  • Article ratings or ‘likes’ are irrelevant in the context of news.
  • Comments are not contextual to news, but to social media
  • Media types (video, gallery, audio) are not sections. These are simply common components of each story.

The full post is at this link

Hat tip: The Next Web

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