By Shar Martinez
EDITOR’S NOTE: I originally published the article below on Xanjero Media.
Journalism has reached a new era. We no longer have to wait for tomorrow’s newspaper or the standard nightly news broadcast to get updates on stories. We’re in the digital age now, where the majority of people use the internet to share and receive news 24 hours a day. It’s amazing to have constant access to an immense amount of news outlets where we receive up-to-the-minute updates. However, as journalists, how do we keep up with it all? Two words: Mobile apps. Working as a digital journalist requires a variety of duties: discovering and keeping up with the latest news, doing research, using social media to follow up on leads, note taking, writing articles and more — so much more.
Being a reporter is hard work, hopefully these apps will make your life as a journalist a bit easier.
Reddit allows you to have access to breaking news and trending topics. You’ll also discover funny jokes and the latest memes. The official Reddit apps has the fastest-loading interface with it’s infinite scroll and autoplay GIFs. GIFs, pronounced with a soft G, are rapidly becoming apart of digital journalism and allows you to easily promote your story. So, that’s an added bonus to this app.
In addition to staying up to date with the latest news and having some light fun with GIFS, with this app you can:
- upload your own images and articles
- share images and articles from other users
- discover and interact with thousands of communities, this is great for receiving feedback from others in regards to your own article and to read the opinions of others regarding the latest news
- customize your news feed to topics that you are interested in, such as business, politics, sports etc.
This news app currently has a 4.4 rating out of 5. It’s available for Android devices and is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPods. It requires iOS 9.0 or later.
This app is extremely helpful for bloggers and journalists. Having a WordPress blog or website isn’t only useful for sharing the news but it’s also helpful in building your brand and networking with others. WordPress has 74.6 million users, it’s by far the most popular content management system. With the option use an unlimited amount of hashtags, you can potentially draw a hefty number of viewers to your articles with this app alone.
The WordPress app allows you to:
- publish articles and pages anytime, anywhere
- edit posts and pages
- draft new content
- view stats
- moderate comments
- upload media
This social networking app currently has a 4.7 rating out of 5. It’s available for Android devices and is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPods. It requires iOS 10.0 or later for Apple devices.
If you’re an Apple user, this app comes installed on your device. The notes app is great for jotting down things on the go, such as headlines, to-do lists and web links. This app is great for drafting articles, as it allows you to implement photos into the text. With iCloud, all of your notes are synced to all of your Apple devices (iPad, computer etc.), so that you won’t ever have to worry about losing your notes.
The Notes app allows you to:
- invite others to view your notes
check off lists
- add attachments such as maps, book covers, front page articles
- scan paper documents into your notes
- add photos from your device into your notes
- create sketches
- take handwritten notes on blank, lined or grid paper
- create labels to organize your notes
This productivity app is currently unrated and is available in over 30 languages. It’s compatible with all Apple devices.
In the age of constant new information, these 3 apps combined will help your life as a journalist to be a bit smoother.