Tools for Mobile Journalism 2016

Course Overview

Tools for Mobile Journalism 2016
Originally Broadcast On:
May 25, 2016
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions.

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This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
May 25, 2016 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Webinar in its entirety. This Webinar recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

The smartphone in your pocket is the Swiss army knife of journalism tools. Are you using it to its full potential?

Discover the best apps, tips and tricks for mobile journalism. You'll learn about features you didn't know existed, apps that will improve your photography and videography, the latest in mobile-only social networks, phone productivity hacks and more. If you're sick of your phone always beeping at you all day and night, we'll cover about information overload, too.

You will learn to use your device (we'll focus on iOS but touch on Android) to save you time and energy and make your journalism stronger.

Image courtesy of Pabak Sarkar

What Will I Learn:
  • Why taking advantage of your phone will make you a more powerful journalist
  • Apps and tools for reporting, photojournalism, social media, security and more
  • How to fit all this into your busy workday
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, photojournalists, editors, producers and others who want to cover news faster and better. Smartphone platforms will include iOS and Android, with a focus on iOS.

Course Instructor:

Ren LaForme

Ren LaForme is the Digital Tools Reporter for He runs Try This! — Tools for Journalism, which is an effort to find, share and provide training around the best digital tools for journalists.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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