Journoprof, a journalism blog run by a SUNY Purchase professor, posted today on the “Top Ten Smartphone Apps for Journalists.” The post is great…but a problem? They’re iPhone apps.
So what about us journalist Android users?
1. Google Drive: Journoprof uses this on their list, and I’m using it as number one because I’m in total agreeement–Drive makes it possible to access your files from anywhere, from any of your devices. I can write a story on my computer, re-read it on my tablet, edit it on my phone. Not only that, but it allows you to create files right on the app, and then save them in multiple formats, .doc, .pdf, etc.
2. Twitter: I realize I’m stating the obvious here, but how many journalists get tipped because of Twitter? A lot. Check it, and check it often. You’ll never know what you may find out, and what your next story could be.
3. Smart Voice Recorder: Not all android phones come with a solid voice recorder, and let’s face it, there’s no need to carry around a digital recorder when you’ve got a smartphone.
4. Any.do: I used to be the kind of person that had post-it notes everywhere to make sure I got all of my tasks accomplished. With this app, my to-do list is on all of my devices, as well as on Chrome, and reminds me of all the important things I need to do, like covering an event.
5. A good dictionary: The Merriam Webster Premium Dictionary is $2.99, but well worth it, and every journalist should own a good dictionary. Having it on your device just makes it more convenient.
Be the best journalist you can be, and let technology help you.