Another bite of the Apple

The ideaLab Heritage team took a second bite of the Apple today, checking out the iPhone and asking follow-up questions about the iPad a week after our first meeting with Matt Tunstall, a business specialist with Apple at the company’s store in Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor.

The iPhone appears to be an essential tool for any mobile journalist. You can shoot video on it and edit it right on the phone using iMovie, and then upload it directly to your website as it automatically compresses the video’s size for the web. While you can add B roll and fold it into your main interview, you can’t add voiceover to tell the story, but you could e-mail the video to yourself and do that on your Mac at home or the office using a more sophisticated version of iMovie.

In addition, you can record an interview using audio to complement your written piece online, and take photos to go with it. The iPhone has everything you need to report a story nowadays, with audio recorder, video and photo capabilities, as well as Internet access to upload the content directly to the website. This will be particularly beneficial for breaking news.

Furthermore, you can synch up your iPhone and iPad, and use the iPad for writing your story or converting your audio to text using a voice-to-text app. Tunstall recommended “Drag and Dictation,” a free app. Other recommendations included “Write Pad” to convert handwritten notes on the iPad, as well as a dictionary app, “Pen Ultimate” and “Documents to Go.”

Members of our group asked for specific recommendations for journalists. He suggested we Google search “best journalism apps for iPad.”

After last week’s scolding for taking notes with pen and paper, this time I captured video of our tutorial. Check out these two clips.

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One Comment on “Another bite of the Apple”

  1. Rene Cizio Says:

    Sounds like a dream. 🙂


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