Apps for Journalists 2015

Apps for Journalists
Mobile Storytelling – 2015
Val Hoeppner, Digital, Mobile, Social and Multi-platform Storytelling and Training – @vhoeppner

EVERNOTE – A note-taking app that syncs text, photos and audio to Internet connected devices. Journalists can use it to take notes, write stories and captions and submit for editing. FREE — available on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia platforms.

DROPBOX – Dropbox allows you to view files on the go, download files for offline viewing, sync photos and videos and share links to your files in your personal Dropbox. Dropbox is a simple solution for archiving mobile media. FREE — available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms.
GOOGLE DRIVE – Create and edit documents and spreadsheets. Store and share photos, videos and audio files. Connected to multimedia apps on iPhone. FREE on iPhone and Android

GENIUS SCAN – A PDF app that allows you to scan a document, create a PDF and email it as a JPEG or PDF. The Genius Scan+ version costs $2.99 and allows you to send scans to Dropbox, Evernote and Google Docs. FREE — available on iPhone.

ABBYY TEXT GRABBER – Capture printed text from documents, magazines, books, etc. Text can be copied, pasted and edited. Text Grabber recognizes 60 different languages. A similar software is used by law firms to copy documents. $7.99 — available on iPhone.

GOOGLE VOICE – Record incoming cell phone calls for free, make free international phone calls, have voice mail translated into text. FREE – available on the iPhone/iPod/iPad and Android.

TAPE A CALL – Record incoming and outgoing cellular phone calls. No time limit on recordings, upload to Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive. $5.99 Available on iPhone and Android.

SKYRECORDER – Record Skype and VOIP calls, record audio. Unlimited recording time. $1.99 on iPhone and iPad.

iTALK – iTalk Recorder is an audio recorder with high quality files. Press the big red button to record; press it again to stop. Files can also be saved to Dropbox with the Pro version. FREE for the basic edition, $1.99 for iTalk Pro, which features Dropbox uploading. Android has Voice Memo which is free.

DropVox – Record audio and automatically upload it to Dropbox $1.99 — available on iPhone.

VSCO Camera – Simple camera app that allows you to lock focus and exposure points. The app includes some basic photo editing tools. FREE — available on iPhone/iPod.

ProCamera – A camera app that allows you to shoot both still images and 16:9 video. The still image mode includes an expert mode, rapid fire and full screen trigger. $1.99 — available on iPhone/iPod.

FILTERSTORM – A photo-editing app for the iPhone and iPad. Filterstorm contains editing tools similar to Adobe Photoshop on your computer. You can edit using layers, curves for adjusting tone, color correction, sharpness, noise reduction and a history brush. Filterstorm has two important features for journalists: 1 – the ability to add IPTC or caption information to images and 2 – the ability to send images directly from the app to an FTP server, email, Dropbox and more. $3.99 — available on iPhone and iPad.

Buffer – Share to your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and from one place and at optimal times. Add up to five tweets/posts to your “buffer” for automatic posting at the best times throughout the day. You can also schedule the buffered posts. Use the app, web version or post from Feedly. Free — available on iPhone.

HootSuite – Allows you to manage multiple social accounts from one app. Manage multiple Twitter accounts, Facebook, Foursquare and LinkedIn. This app automatically shortens links and allows you to schedule tweets. Free — available on iPhone.

5-0 POLICE SCANNER – Allows users to listen live to local, national and international police, fire and ambulance radio traffic. This app runs in the background on your mobile device so you can listen while writing a story or capturing photographs. FREE — available on iPhone. Android offers a variety of scanner apps, my favorite is Scanner Radio.

MOBILE PATROL – Information from local law enforcement including arrests, sex offenders, emergency information.

VIDEO PRO CAMERA – Lock your focus, exposure and white balance with this app. Most important feature is the ability to monitor your audio through your headphones. This is the only iPhone video app that allows audio monitoring while using an external microphone. $4.99 – only available on the iPhone/iPod.

FILMIC PRO – Shoot video with manual controls like focus, exposure, white balance. Shoot various frame rates and monitor your audio levels.

VIDEOLICIOUS – Quickly add your voice to still or video images, Videolicious will automatically add transitions. Journalists can make quick and easy videos with voice over. Free personal account, business account is $60 per year – only available on the iPhone/iPod/iPad.

IMOVIE – The updated version of iMovie for iOS 7 is one of the few video editing apps that has two tracks of video and two tracks of audio. Trim clips, bring them to the timeline, split clips, detach audio and much more. $4.99 for iPhone and iPad.

SPLICE – Splice together photos and videos, add music from your iPhone/iPod/iPad library, sound effects, transitions, borders, effects (like Ken Burns, slow motion and fast forward), trim video and audio, narrate with your own voice, and much more. Journalists can use Splice to edit short video packages on their Apple device and share them. $3.99 – available on iPhone.

ANDROID PRO VIDEO TRIM – Allows you to trim and merge video clips into a simple story. Pro Video Trim does not work on all Android devices so try before you buy.

BANJO – An ambient social network app that allows you to see people around you and connect with them. FREE – available on the iPhone/iPod/iPad.
BEEN VERIFIED – Do instant background checks from your iPhone. Been Verified searches public records for criminal history, known addresses and names, etc. FREE – available on the iPhone/iPod/iPad.

Custom Digital Media Training – Val Hoeppner will travel to your newsroom or university to train faculty, staff and/or students in the latest multimedia, mobile and social media techniques.
What I teach: Video storytelling, video editing, audio reporting and editing, social media for journalists, video and multimedia strategies for newsrooms, photojournalism, mobile newsgathering strategies, newsgathering with iPhone, Android and iPad, apps for multimedia, video, audio, social media, mobile video editing, mobile strategies for breaking news and use of breaking-news apps, and digital newsroom management — where to invest your resources. You choose the number of days and topics for training.
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