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Posts Tagged ‘ios’

3 Lessons Journalists Can Learn From Circa

Roughly a week and a half ago, a new mobile app launched for iOS devices that may have a big impact in news circles – not just in terms of usage, but in how it may affect the way journalists and news organizations think about presenting the news for a mobile audience.

The app, known as Circa, is branded as “the best way to read the news on your phone.” As opposed to functioning like an RSS feed by incorporating entire stories for users or as an app providing short summaries to recap major news stories, Circa offers a snack-able alternative for story consumption.

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Instapaper’s iOS App Gets Major Overhaul

Instapaper, the tool that allows us to save those super-long magazine stories for later, pushed out a major update to its popular iOS app on Monday.

The tool allows you to click a bookmarklet in your browser when you see a story you like, then pushes a cleaned up, iOS-optimized version of those stories to its $4.99 app. After the article is downloaded to the app, an Internet connection is no longer required, making the app a must-have for frequent flyers.

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Tool of the Day: Meporter

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There are no shortage of helpful apps available for the reporter who needs to cover news on the go. We’ve covered apps for both iPhones and Android devices, and Meporter is a great addition to the hundreds of apps available for journalism.

Here’s a brief video about how the service works:

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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

Using Feedly To Create A Personal News Hub

Twitter’s tremendous growth and active user base means breaking news stories to the web has become easier than ever. But when this is juxtaposed with information from mainstream media sources, keeping up with the latest news around a particular topic can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, the team at DevHD has come with a great solution for harnessing the news of the web while including instant updates from other sources — they call it Feedly.

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