The iPhone was born in 2007, and immediately became a useful reporting tool. But it wasn’t until Apple released a high-definition video camera in 2010 that it made a real impact on day-to-day newsgathering. Since then, a slew of apps and products have made it a go-to production tool.
ScribbleLive’s iPhone app allows reporters to create live events, publish them on a site, add text, photos, video and audio files, and moderate questions coming in from readers. (We also have BlackBerry and Android apps).
An article on TVNewsCheck.com looks at how media giant Gannett — owner of USA Today, The Arizona Republic and other newspapers and TV stations– has embraced mobile journalism. The company has bought over 1,000 iPhone 4s smartphones for its employees, and have incorporated them in a large way into content production and publishing. Arthur Greenwald writes:
“…Gannett journalists are equipped with two video editing apps, Apple’s iMovie ($4.99) and the more feature-laden Splice, ($3.99.) For transmitting raw or edited footage, Gannett chose the Brightcove Mobile Upload app becauseBrightcove is already Gannett’s platform of choice for its websites. ‘Video goes straight into the playlist to be approved or edited by an editor or straight to consumer,’ says [Gannett’s Director of Digital Content MacKenzie Warren]. For live streaming video, Gannett reporters rely on the free QIK app.”
Check out the rest of the article for a full roundup of apps, add-ons and tools for improving your iPhone reportage.