It’s getting to be that time of year and if your family is anything like mine, you’ll be bound to get at least one or two iTunes gift cards.
Instead of scraping a few ideas of what album to buy (anything Bruce Springsteen, mind) we here at Hacks are hoping to, with your help of course, to put together a top list of five apps that any reporter can’t do without on the job.
We had a great guest post last week about using the iPad on the job and the ability to operate as a mobile and digital journalist is becoming easier as the technology at our disposal improves.
Me personally, I’m still a bit of a pen and paper kind of guy, but I’ve been brainstorming a lot of different ways to use my iPhone more and more as far as reporting goes – whether that be Audioboos directly from the field or practical tools like an improved camera or the Tumblr app.
Before we start though, the Postgrad has kindly reminded me that not everyone out there has an iPhone, so let’s try to think of apps that can also be used on the Blackberry!
Here are my contributions to the list:
The 5-0 Police Scanner App - $1.99 – Pretty much the coolest app I’ve ever used. As someone starting their new job as a night cops/breaking news reporter, I could not have found this app at a better time. For $2 it’s an absolute steal and has many police and emergency broadcast frequencies pre-programmed already. Most of the United States is covered, but it also picks up frequencies in London too.
The AP Stylebook 2011 app - $24.99 – Okay, I know what you’re probably thinking. Who in their right mind would spend almost $25 on an app. I get that, truly. But to be honest, this app is incredible. Firstly, it’s the AP stylebook, which for journalists, is the most important book you can own – even more so than the Bible. It is our bible, actually, especially if you live in the US. Every newsroom’s style is derived from the AP. So if you’re an aspiring subbeditor or copyeditor – pick this up. It’s worth every penny and has some neat functions. It’s also available for Blackberries!
What are your top apps to use on the job fellow Hacks? What sort of apps do you want to see in 2012?
Ideally I’d love to put a list together to publish, or at least get the conversation going on Twitter so we all know what to blow our giftcards on!
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