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iOS 5 — And Newsstand — Go Live Next Week

Buried in the headlines following this week’s untimely passing of Steve Jobs is the news that Apple will release iOS 5 next Wednesday, Oct. 12. It’s an exciting (and free) upgrade for users of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Notification Center, iMessage, Reminders and the integration of Twitter are all exciting new features.

Most exciting for journalists, however, is Newsstand.

Newsstand manages your subscriptions to iOS versions of newspapers and magazines. It will alert you when there’s a new issue available. It even displays the covers on a rack — like a real newsstand. It’s like a dynamic version of iBooks. Read more

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Fall Fashion Tips From Stacy London and Snake Plissken

Occupy Wall Street has now spread to the “5 Things You Need to Know This Week” studio. In this week’s episode, we help out a group protestors, share some exclusive iPhone news, talk about Advertising Week, and get five fashion tips from Stacy London, host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear.”

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV


Tool of the Day: Mobile Media Toolkit

Mobile Media Toolkit

The mobile phone has become an indispensable tool in every journalist’s arsenal. Whether you are on an iPhone, a Blackberry, an Android handset, or any other type of mobile phone, the skills that a journalist can use to capture and share the news are the same. But with all the apps and resources available, where does a journalist begin? What if you’re looking for ways to engage a mobile audience? Or what if you are a seasoned journalist that needs a primer on reaching out to the mobile market? Now there’s a one-stop resource for journalists of all types — the Mobile Media Toolkit.

The Mobile Media Toolkit is a project of MobileActive.org, a global network of people using mobile technology for social impact. The website is comprised of a large number of case studies, as well as brief reviews on tools and apps. Content is divided into five main sections: Create, Share, Deliver, Engage, and Secure. Each section gives an overview of the topic, a descriptive how-to guide along with several articles, and the limitations of each method. All sorts of methods are covered, including creating audio or video, tapping into social media, and gives tips on how to enable others to create mobile content to share. The Secure section of the Mobile Media Toolkit also features another project from MobileActive.org called SaferMobile, which helps activists, human rights defenders, and journalists assess the mobile communications risks that they are facing, and then use appropriate mitigation techniques to increase their ability to organize, report, and work more safely.

The Mobile Media Toolkit is also available in Spanish and Arabic. The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and run by journalist Melissa Ulbricht.

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

Five Alternative Devices To Replace The Now-Dead Flip Cam

Journalists who have relied on the handy and easy Flip cam for their multimedia reporting needs may find themselves out of luck this week. Cisco, the technology company that bought Flip two years ago, announced they will be shutting down Flip as part of a new restructuring of its consumer business.

In journalism circles, the Flip camera has been praised as “the future of journalism video” for its compact design and ease of use. As Nieman Reports once wrote, “The Flip video camera’s simple, one-red-button design makes it perfect for capturing quick video pieces for multimedia reporting.” There have always been the downsides, of course, like shaky video quality and less-than-desirable audio quality, but the overall convenience of the device has made it a frontrunner in spot reporting tools.

Now that the Flip is gone, fret not. There are a handful of other tools that can get the job done. Read more

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