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Are you a budding journalist, independent travel writer, or foreign correspondent? Fancy getting your hands on some of the best free or dirt-cheap apps that will complement your journalistic profession, and complete your list of tools that every reporter should have? The following five iPhone journalist apps are a must:
Instagram Price: Free For: iPhone What with the use of social media being an imperative tool to get the story out as quickly as possible, one of the best apps to quickly capture and share a story is Instagram. The current version has 130k 5/5 star reviews and is used by over 15 million people so it’s clear this app is high-quality. It enables you to immediately capture an image and instantly share it on the big social media outlets while using one of the gorgeous editing tools to give that mobile pic a breath of fresh air. With 100% unique camera editing designed filters this app seriously packs a punch in terms of providing originality and aesthetic beauty.
Cinchcast Price: Free For: iPhone Recording interviews is an essential part of journalism and a great little free app to assist you here is Cinchcast. This recording tool enables you to record any length of audio and then immediately upload it to your blog or website. All data is immediately saved to the Cinchcast platform to avoid losses due to low battery or the odd crash. Simple to use; the interface is cinch to use.
Evernote Price: Free For iPhone, iPod touch or iPad For recording people’s data like names and contact numbers, Evernote comes in useful. There are multiple ways of recording info, but the easiest is to use the voice recorder. By saving a name and number and address through voice, you can search using voice recognition which makes it doubly quick retrieving data. You can also capture images and store them in your own custom directories, so taking a pic of a business card is a fast way to store complete contact details.
Twitter Client Price: $2.99 For: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad News which used to break fastest through Reuters now tends to be tweeted first. With multiple timelines and push notifications you get to fully customize your twitter app. This is probably the best twitter app for diarizing people and projects. User reviews appear to reflect this.
iMovie Price: $2.99 For: iPhone You obviously need to shoot and edit footage on the go, and one of the best cheap apps is iMovie. Editing is made easy with the apps simple drag and trim feature, with a pinch to zoom in to detailed time specifications. You can quickly upload to Youtube Live or CNN iReport and share your HD footage with most social media platforms. There are a couple of drawbacks though, this app can’t be used on the iPod Touch or the iPad and it is reported to be a bit sluggish. **Alternative apps for recording and editing footage are Splice and Qik, Ustream and Justin.tv.
Skype Price: Free For: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac computers Speaking to others at home and abroad is crucial. Skype has risen to become one of the leading mobile internet networks enabling you to talk for free from one account to another, or to landlines and mobile phones at extremely cheap rates. Talking face-to-face has become incredibly advanced where buffering is minimal, and this app can be used on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Mac, PC and internet TV’s plus other smartphones and tablets. A word of caution: Skype's recently updated version has some terrible reviews especially by people with iPads where the video streaming doesn’t appear to work. If you are using an older version with no bugs, it may be worth not upgrading just yet.