Journalists enjoy a process that is fast-paced, intrinsically artistic, and detail-oriented.
Many of us also want a bit of tradition when it comes to our journalism practices. But technology is becoming a part of these practices more often than not — and for good reason.
Social media, gadgets, and apps have modernized journalism. Journalists worldwide are incorporating technology into their reporting processes to support an authentic, accurate, streamlined experience. Although there are plenty of tools out there you could discover for yourself, this list of tech tools will increase your efficiency and make the overall journalistic process easier.
Social media platforms aren’t a specific tool, but they can be excellent for journalists to interact with their audience and share valuable content. You can easily engage with followers through comments, direct messages, and stories. You can also share your latest projects through interactive posts and get in touch with potential interviewees, sources, experts, and other journalists.
But a crucial feature for journalists on social media is live streaming. Live streaming is defined as “real-time video delivery that is facilitated through social media platforms.”
Although many journalists use pre-recorded videos for their projects for a more polished presentation of their ideas, live streaming catches everything in real-time. Capturing events in real-time gives the audience a chance to experience the raw emotion and overall realness in a situation as it’s happening. They’re also more likely to be engaged and willing to leave comments and initiate conversations with you as you’re reporting.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Linkedin all have live streaming capabilities. You can also add a more professional layer by using quality equipment and ensuring your network can support live streaming.
If you can even enlist a small team to keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes, do so. Cross-promote your intention to go live across all platforms you use. Be consistent with when, how often, and where you go live.
Mobile Editing Tools
People are choosing to engage with video content a lot more these days. This can be due to an increase in better, more accessible cameras, concepts, and video platforms to share videos on. Additionally, the quantity and quality of videos can also be traced to the mobile editing apps available. InShot, for example, is a free video editing app that’s excellent for any video you want to give a pro touch to.
Journalists are creating videos, images, and other visuals more often to talk about their upcoming projects, share previews of those projects, document travel, record interviews, and interact with other journalists. The best mobile editing apps include the following functions:
- Trim, split or merge video clips
- Apply filters to images
- Integrate music into visuals
- Add text and stickers to any image
- Edit any visual on the go
In addition, many mobile editing apps also have the flexibility of an Android or Apple version available. Do a bit of exploring on these apps to get familiar with all of their features and how you can best use them to enhance your journalism.
Video Conferencing Apps
Journalism isn’t confined to a 9-5 schedule at a desk in an office. You’re constantly on the go, meeting with experts, sources, fellow journalists, interviewees, and so forth. Engaging with people from different countries isn’t out of the ordinary, either.
Because of this, you need an excellent video conferencing app to connect with anyone, anytime.
Zoom is a great tech tool to use for video conferencing with partners, interviews with people you can’t be in the same room with, even catching up with another journalist, or enlisting their help while you’re abroad. Google Meet is another video conferencing app that allows you to engage in real-time meetings with your interviewees, fans, and team members.
Online Sticky Notes
Physical sticky notes are fantastic, and you’re probably not the only journalist who carries a pad or two on your person. But they can get messy and end up everywhere except in your hands when you need them.
Online sticky notes help you keep all of the ideas and thoughts that would typically be on a physical sticky note in an organized digital space. As a journalist, you may collaborate with many people and need to share your ideas with them. These online sticky notes can be shared digitally with anyone you choose instantly to converse on ideas, unlike physical sticky notes.
Whether you’re trying to come up with article ideas, interview questions, or an itinerary for your next business trip, you need to generate quality ideas that you can act on. Having a mobile option to keep track of ideas and initiate brainstorming sessions instantly is the sort of accessibility and flexibility a journalist needs.
Streamlining your journalistic process can be done through a variety of tech tools. Although these tools can provide you with the opportunity to take your career to another level, you are ultimately the one that ignites this change. Ensure that you’re keeping up with projects while simultaneously looking for ways to make your practices more efficient, transparent, and accurate. Consistently practice using the above tools and others to get the best use of each as you make a name for yourself in journalism.