Journalists and bloggers on the go have more options now than ever before. These days, the right combination of applications and tools make on-the-road mobile reporting and content creation a snap—best of all, most of these solutions can be had for free or a nominal fee.
Here’s the scoop on the top 11 indispensable apps for journalists and bloggers on the go in 2016.
Evernote’s iOS/Android version of its offering lets users create formatted text notes, as well as audio recordings and image captures. Other features include reminders, task lists, and collaboration features with Work Chat and email.
Contributor is an iOS app that allows news reporters to connect and collaborate with others around the world. Users contribute to stories or request other reporters to do so. The app facilitates the contacting of event witnesses and footage acquisition. All communications are made through Skype.
For those in need of a refresher on journalism topics, Journalism Dictionary lists and explains over 1100 major journalism terms. There’s also a quiz function, audio playback to learn on the go, staples to save preferred terms, and a storyboard feature.
InstaPaper allows users to save and store articles for offline reading, and—unlike competing apps—retains the formatting of the original document.
BriefMe is an iOS app that presents articles ranked on their virality, as determined by number of Facebook shares and likes, Twitter retweets, and publication timeliness. It allows for in-app reading of articles and can be organized by topic or in order of time published.
Automatic Call Recorder for Android lets users record calls directly to their mobile devices. Notable features include automatic call recording, audio files notes, and direct uploads to DropBox and Google Drive.
Report-IT allows users to simultaneously record and broadcast audio with their mobile device. Using a mandatory TieServer account, reporters or interviewers can also transfer files and insert their recordings into playlists, as well as record offline.
AudioNote allows users to record audio and type notes simultaneously—with text synced up to audio files automatically and notes highlighted during playback for context. A particularly handy feature is the the skip feature that allows users to skip to desired sections by tapping the desired note.
Hokusai is a free, full-featured multitrack audio editor for iOS devices. The app has all of the standard capabilities of a full-blow editor: track importing/recording, full cut, copy, paste and delete, filters/special effects, and more.
Photojournalist-developed Teripix gives users the ability to quickly upload caption-embedded images to online archives and platforms. The app purportedly cuts the time it takes to get pictures onto news sites to an average of seven minutes.
Videolicious is an iOS app that lets users record audio over still images or video. The app automatically adds transitions, allowing for the quick creation of captivating videos with voiceovers.
The field is ever-evolving, but one thing is for certain: today’s 24-hour news desk means that journalists and bloggers require a good mobile toolset for working efficiently in the new age of content creation and reporting. These 11 apps are a good place to start.