Being a journalist is a tough job, and with so many minute details to be captured, an assistant can surely help the cause. Thanks to the advancements in technology, today, even your smartphone can turn into your helper, with some must-have apps for journalists.
First iOS News App!
Newzulu launched the first local news app for iOS 7 that allows common people to break the news and get paid for doing so.
The job of a journalist demands you to be on-field most of the time. In such a scenario, you hardly have access to your notebooks, computers, scanners, printers, etc. How about turning your smartphone into a device that can perform all these tasks? Well, not only is it possible, but Techspirited puts forth a few apps that will turn your smartphone into a very helpful assistant.
Sky Recorder pro
Today, many important meetings take place via VoIP services, like Skype or Viber, and if you wish to take notes during the conversation, it becomes difficult. With this must-have app, you can record as many conversations as you wish, thanks to its unlimited recording time. You can also transfer these files via iTunes (iPhone/iPad).
This smart magazine analyzes your tastes, and scans thousands of articles and displays your favorite ones. All kinds of news articles are available with this app. The compilation of news from all available sources enables you to get the best current affairs information possible. It requires iOS 6.0 or higher to run on iPhone/iPad, Windows 7.5 or 8 version to run on Windows Phone, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread or more to run on Android devices.
There are times when you want to send a soft copy of an important document to to your colleagues while you are in the field. With this app, there is no need to search for a scanner every time you need to scan documents. The smartphone scans (takes pictures) the document, and makes it available for editing and sharing.
Undoubtedly one of the best apps, Evernote helps you take notes, click photos, set voice reminders, create to-do lists, etc. These notes can be shared via email or tweets. Once you have created the notes, you can access them offline. The premium version of the app is available for $5/month.
Taking interviews can be tiring when you have to keep taking notes all the while. But with TranscribeMe, you are saved from this trouble. This app offers high-speed voice to text transcription at $1 per audio minute. These transcripts can be shared with others over Wi-Fi or 3G. You can also edit these transcripts once they are recorded.
This app helps you in exploring what’s happening in the social network arena. You can connect to new people via this app. Being a journalist, you need to know what’s going on around the world. The app connects with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Foursquare. You also get notifications when any of your friends are nearby.
You can record and share your voice with the world, by creating audio files of 3 minutes in length. These files can be posted on your web account, Facebook, Twitter, & all the other social networks, using this app. In case you wish to give details along with the recording, you can add titles, tags, geolocation info, and even a photo!
Tout is your news sharing app using which you can upload video updates for the world to see. Create a 15-second video and publish it on Tout, and also share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social network platforms. You can share sport-, political-, or entertainment-related news snippets. Join the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Kelly Ripa, and Dr. Oz getting such updates.
This cloud storage app is best for storing and sharing important files with your team. With 2GB available in the free version, you do not have to worry about running out of space, and you can rest assured about the security of these files. You can store files, photos, and videos on your Dropbox account, which can be edited and shared from any device. So, even if your computer goes for a toss, your files are safe and secure.
For all the freelance journalists out there, WordPress is the right app for you. You can edit your blog from anywhere just using your smartphone. You can also add important pictures that might support your publication with the help this app. You can also check the readership stats on your smartphone.
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With these apps you can take notes, record conversations, store files, connect with your team, and also share all your work simply using your smartphone.