First radio reporter using iPhone as primary field recorder


Journalism has truly turned up side down. And I think that’s just great. I just ran into a few great examples of that:

First of all check out the WTOP reporter Neal Augenstein, who has replaced his heavy radio equipment on an iPhone. He’s writing about this interesting change in MediaShift. And it’s truly inspiring. In particular for those who want to go out on the field to cover, create, and distribute remarkable stories direct to their audience. It hasn’t been easier than now.

Neal describes himself in his Twitter bio as follows:
“Believe I’m first major market radio reporter using iPhone as primary field recorder.”

And he says:
“Now, with the Apple iPhone 4 and several apps, I can produce intricate audio and video reports, broadcast live, take and edit photos, write web content and distribute it through social media from a single device.”

“With the VC Audio Pro app from VeriCorder, I can quickly pull cuts, edit and assemble audio wraps, and adjust volumes on a three-track screen similar to the popular Adobe Audition used in many newsrooms. The amount of time saved by not having to boot up the laptop and transfer audio has been my single greatest workflow improvement. The finished report that used to take 30 minutes to produce and transmit can now be done in 10.

This is a rundown of all the key ways he’s using on and with his iPhone.

Neal Augenstein hasn’t a journalist page – yet. But Nicholas D. Kristof has. He’s one of the top journalists that might got inspired of the possibilities that Justin Osofsky, Director of Media Partnerships at Facebook, talking about on the brand new Facebook page “Journalists on Facebook”. The page has been created: “to serve as an ongoing resource for the growing number of reporters using Facebook to find sources, interact with readers, and advance stories.”

Justin says that “The Page will provide journalists with best practices for integrating the latest Facebook products with their work and connecting with the Facebook audience of more than 500 million people.

I was actually one of the first to like that page, now one day later, they are ten thousands of journalists. And all of them are now asked to create professional pages on Facebook, for both reach and interact with their audience, listen to them, work with them, get ideas for articles of them, and so on. Some of them might already have done that, like Nicholas D. Kristof, that already has more than 200.000 “fans”. And some of them also bring their page to their newspapers bylines like Robert Fisk at The Independent. Why not?

I’m pretty sure that many journalist now will take the oppertunity to use this possiblity, to get more out of their daily work. Some of them will be CNN journalists if they haven’t already joined “the Facebook revolution”. And the media itself is no exception… Look at NPR or the very small local news blog Rockville Central.

When I talked to Nick Wrenn, vice president of digital services for CNN International, during the conference Social Media World Forum, in London, he said that Facebook is an equally obvious that common source of information and meeting point. But he would rather emphasize CNN’s iReport and Open Stories as the public Forum for meeting, collaboration, and sharing, between CNN journalists and their audience.

“Tablet”-kriget trappas upp – medan innehållsägarna rustar sig


The coming tablet wars” skrev Techcrunch för knappt tre månader sen och syftade på kriget mellan den digra flora “läsplattor” som man ibland lite felaktigt kallar den nya generationens “hand held devices”. Felaktigt ftersom de går att göra så ofantligt mycket mer än bara läsa med dem. I själva verket verkar de snarast innehålla mycket av den kompetens och kapacitet som en normalt funtad dator.

Sen dess har det hänt ganska mycket. Men jag varken kan eller hinner redogöra för det här och nu. Men ryktet om Apple’s Tablet hade redan bubblat ett tag. Medan alla frågade sig; vad och framför allt när? Så kom Courier från Microsoft med något som Techcrunch skrev fick “the Apple Tablet just got bumbed into second place”. Men det var att blanda ihop päron och äpplen. Eller som Techcrunch själva skrev:

“Courier is a real device, and we’ve heard that it’s in the “late prototype” stage of development. It’s not a tablet, it’s a booklet.”

Medan kriget fortsätter så förbereder sig innehållsägarna för att anpassa sitt innehåll för den nya arenan. Bonniers RnD har nyss inlett ett projekt de kallar för Mag+, som de visar upp i en video, med den inledande texten:

“This conceptual video is a corporate collaborative research project initiated by Bonnier R&D into the experience of reading magazines on handheld digital devices. It illustrates one possible vision for digital magazines in the near future, presented by our design partners at BERG.”

Läser man Techcrunch idag så verkar tidningar som Popular Science och Wired också vara inblande:

“The R&D geeks at the publishers of Popular Science and Wired, teamed up with the design agency BERG to create the concepts shown here. Basically the format named Mag+ has all the design elements we’ve grown accustomed to in magazines with flashy graphics, iconic covers, and bold headlines. And according to this concept, apparently there will be no need or room for advertisements.”

Detta projekt verkar dock endast befinna sig i någon form av fiktion-fas?

En annan av de många tidningar som skapat innehåll för de nya “plattorna” är Sports Illustrated som här visar upp lite innehåll på just en Apple Tablet(?).  Och…jaaaaaaaa, en sån vill jag också ha.

Eller som David Goldman säger för CNN Money:

Coolest device … ever? Maybe. Some analysts are channeling their inner-Frodo, saying the Apple tablet will be the one gadget to rule them all.”