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3 Tech Trends That Show Journalism of the Future

CES is the ultimate in tech tools for all kinds of people, and with the level of hardware that the 2013 installment has already showcased in just its first day, there’s plenty to drool over.

Even better, companies have unveiled some awesome trends and gadgets that you’re likely to see in your journalism arsenal in the near future. If you’ve got some extra pocket money to spend or if you’re just a glutton for punishment, feast your eyes on some of the best and hottest tech trends that will take your reporting skills to the next level.

What gadget trends are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.

1. Smart Cameras

Who said the consumer point-and-click camera is dead? While many have touted the technology as a tool that is becoming rapidly outmoding by smarter technology (see further down on this list for a fair argument), companies haven’t stopped iterating the camera — and have come out with some great products in just the few short hours CES has gone live.

The smart camera has actually breathed new life into Polaroid — the company just released their first series of Android-powered products on the showroom floor. The camera’s native OS allows users to immediately integrate their photo stream with social media accounts, and provides for automatic uploads with a WiFi connection. It’s easy and simple — and it can make sharing during breaking news even more streamlined than it is now.

If you’re looking for a more traditional product, then there’s no shortage of more classic cameras, albeit with a couple of upgrades. One of the biggest trends, adopted by greats like Sony and Nikon, is an upgrade of the camera’s image sensor. With a suped-up camera, you’ll be able to shoot better than HD (and faster, too). Models like the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 have the potential to fool everyone with its DSLR-like quality in a handy point-and-shoot system.

These investments have the possibility to be worth their weight in gold, and it’s likely that the consumer camera industry will be putting out more high-tech and high-quality models in the future. Why not splurge?  Read more

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your iPhone As A Reporting Tool

Increasingly, iPhones are becoming a credible, convenient and reliable tool for journalists –both amateur and professional– to use in the field. Mobile reporting was even the topic of a UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism course taught by Jeremy Rue to help journalists learn how to get the most out of reporting from a mobile device.

Will Sullivan at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri also put together an incredible guide which outlines the various hardware and applications every journalist should have — definitely a recommended read. (Update 4/16: this post originally stated, incorrectly, that Will Sullivan’s guide was a project out of UC Berkeley. In fact, the funding, support and resources for his mobile tools guide came from RJI where he is a 2010-2011 fellow studying mobile and tablet development).

But that’s not what I’m writing about here. Aside from the must-have apps, these are some practical tips and tricks — the dirty, simple basics for day-to-day reporting — that can help you get the most out of your iPhone as a reporting tool. Read more