My Top 10 Apps for Journalism, Mobile or Otherwise #kj7003 #mojo
In other words, these apps are how I stay up to date and capture what's around me while I'm out and about.
- •AlienBlueReddit's AlienBlue app is my biggest time sink and guilty pleasure out of all the apps on this list. You can also find some stories on here that you're not going to find anywhere else.
- •How do you stay up to date when you're on the go? Twitter. Plain and simple. You're not going to find a better platform for live information.
- •QuartzThis is a new app that texts you the news. Who would have thought such an idea could gain traction? It's a great way to passively digest the news or see the highlights from around the world quickly.
- •AJ+These guys are killing it with their videos. Seriously. It's making me fall in love with long form video journalism again. Oh yeah, they also do short videos as well. Forget TV. This is where to get you visual news from now on.
- •PeriscopeIt took a couple live sessions for me to truly get the appeal, but oh boy, now that I do, I'm hooked. There's no better feeling than having strangers from all over the world tell you random shit while you're live streaming yourself being silly for the sake of being silly. It's like Twitch, but better.
- •Google DriveI'm going to divulge something shameful here, so bear with me: my phone has pitiful amounts of storage... Like 8 gigs. For a mobile journalist that can be a death sentence. How do I get around it? Google Drive. It saves lives... Okay maybe not, but it does save my precious hard drive space.
- •Slow ShutterIt only costs 99 cents. Don't be a cheapskate and go for the free hyper lap apps. This app makes your pics look so sexy. Just be sure to fiddle around the settings a bit and you'll see a marked difference in quality.
- •Camera+I took this pic with Camera+. It's a great tool to have if you want HDR quality pictures taken from your phone. Okay, that might not be the case. Nothing beats the real thing. If you have a real camera, take pictures with it. That being said, you can't lug it everywhere all the time. This is the next best thing.
- •SnapseedThis is like playing with Instagram filters with the added bonus of not being on Instagram. Oh, and this app also has so much more to it. Color correction, crop, and so many other tools to help you touch up your photos. Highly recommended.
- •iMovieYou gotta give credit to Apple for making a native app that's both easy to use and intuitive. This app makes it so easy to edit your videos on the fly and then uploading it to the web. Some downsides: it can only be used on iPhones. If you're a journalist, you already know it's a standard.