Smartphones and Journalism: The Future Is Mobile

When you think of what a smartphone can do for a journalist, you probably think of a voice recorder that will record thoughts and audio interviews, a built-in video cam that can record live events and a high-resolution camera that can take photos on the run. However, there are many more smartphone tools that journalists use today that are indispensable. Here are a few to consider:

Finding New Stories

Before modern technology, journalists received and researched story ideas in different ways. Sometimes stories were assigned and sometimes they were uncovered by investigative research. At any rate, you always had to hunt for them. But now, with easy access to the Internet and social media, a lot of the leg work is removed.

Banjo is the world’s largest collection of social signals, states their official website. Basically, it is an app that curates and indexes stories from the Internet, which allows journalists to search for stories in particular areas that are trending via social media. They vow that they do this faster than any other organization on the planet, so journalists can greatly benefit by getting real-time, instantaneous news. Sports, music and events make up the live Internet feed of Banjo. For instance, if there is a concert in the area, you can access all of the talked-about information about the concert in addition to high-resolution photos.

Transcribing Audio to Text

Taking an audio or video clip, analyzing it and then putting it into text has always been tedious and time-consuming work for a journalist. Instead of doing this manually, the Transcribe Me app transcribes anything you have right off a smartphone.

You can record conferences, speeches, interviews, quotes and anything else that may be in a video or audio format. They use speech recognition technology, and they accept most digital formats. You may be thinking that Siri or Cortana can complete this task; however, their website states that these smartphone tools use lower accuracy automated solutions whereas they use the leading speech-processing technology in addition to human transcribers in order to have 98 percent accuracy. The app includes timestamps, and the ability to access the transcription by email or in the app portal. The files are stored in the cloud, and they guarantee the utmost in confidentiality and privacy.

Receiving Timely News

AP Mobile is something that every true journalist needs. With the advent of social media, citizen journalism has exploded, so AP Mobile gives journalists a great chance of getting the story before anybody else. It gives you breaking news alerts and the latest headlines. You can customize your feed for specific topics, share stories and take any news around the globe from over 1,000 regional news sources. Furthermore, you can focus on local news or large, world-wide stories with some of their new features.

Overall, modern technology removes a lot of the time-consuming processes of traditional journalism. Instead of spending time typing out your notes or endlessly reading the same stories, you can spend more time finding your next scoop, researching and writing.