Mobile Journalism: Tips, Apps, and Tools

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Let’s say that you want to learn how to ride a car. You can learn about the different parts of the car from the manual that comes with the car. But how and when to actually use these parts is a technique that needs to be learned and practiced. Every skill or industry requires specific methods and tools to showcase the talent that you have in the best possible manner.

We are here to provide you with the tools to start the learning process.

Tips

There are some obvious things you need to follow when starting with mobile journalism. These are things you may already be following in your daily life but become even more important when your livelihood depends on it.

1.  Always charge your phone when not using it. Keep a power bank at your disposal in times of need. All the heavy apps will drain your battery before you can even say “mobile.”

2.   Keep a little bag ready with all the equipment – charger, power bank, connector cables, lights, microphones, etc. So that you can leave not a moment later than you need to.

3.   On route to the venue, check your phone to see if you have enough memory to capture enough footage.

4.   Clean your lens before starting. Put your phone on flight mode.

Apps

It is essential to choose the tools according to the specifications of your phone and what you want to achieve with it. Here are a few apps help you enhance the quality of videos you send out.

1.   InVideo

This online video editor allows you to make a video using images, video snippets, text and image animations, add voice-overs, music, etc.

2.   TweetDeck

TweetDeck allows you to monitor your social media stream – Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare. This helps you be ready to cover a story as soon as it happens.

3.   Live reporting apps

A lot of apps allow you to broadcast live from your phone itself. These apps aren’t free but can help you save a lot of time that would otherwise be lost in setting up equipment or converting videos from one format to another. Qik, Flixwagon, Bambuser are some of the best ones out there.

Tools

As mentioned an earlier blog , you don’t need a lot of equipment to be a mobile journalist. But here are a few:

1.   A good Tripod

A good tripod is a mobile journalist’s best friend. It keeps your mobile stable and leaves you free to be in the frame.

2.   Microphone

You get a lot of different microphones for different jobs. Search for a microphone that is compatible with your phone and that works best in most situations.

3.   Light

You may not need a light in all cases, but sometimes when the light isn’t good enough, or you are reporting at night, your phone light won’t be helpful.

Just like any other industry you need a network to help you grow in mobile journalism as well. Follow this link to know how to become a part of the network.

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