As a journalist you can often find yourself rushing to make a deadline and reporting on the fly. It comes in not only handy, but imperative to have reliable smart phone apps that help you get the job done.
Since you may not always have access to a JVC camera, audio recorder, or sometimes even a reliable pencil I’ve put together a list of the five best apps for journalists that I’ve found necessary to help me do my job in a pinch.
5.) Citymapper (Free; iPhone, Droid)
This transport app makes navigating even the most intimidating cities effortless. The comprehensive app lets you plan your trip from A to B with real-time data that shows you the best mode of transportation. Citymapper won the Best Overall Mobile App 2014 by Mobile World Congress and Designs of the Year 2014 by the London Design Museum.
4.) audioBoom (Free; iPhone)
I can never stress enough the importance of having a reliable audio recorder when conducting interviews. Regardless of how fast you can write, there are always details that may slip through the cracks that can be picked up on your audio. This app is the most reliable that I’ve found to record audio and even edit it on your phone. And if that isn’t enough, you can download up to 2 hours of your favorite podcasts to listen to on the train when you don’t have internet access.
3.) Evernote (Free; iPhone, Droid)
Evernote is the all-in-one app that forces you to keep organized. You can keep lists, long notes, collect web articles and photos, and search effortlessly through your tangled mess of a digital workspace. It’s the perfect secretary who’s avaible 24/7 and doesn’t require a paycheck.
2.) Simplenote (Free; iPhone)
You’ll never have to miss a beat when compiling a story on the run. Simplenote allows you organize your lists, notes, ideas and most importantly, your stories. You can sync your iPhone to your other Apple products so whether you’re writing in the office, from the cab, or at home, you’ll never miss a beat.
1.) iTeleport Remote Desktop ($24.99; iPhone)
This app is essential for the scatterbrained reporter on-the-go. iTeleport allows you to access your home computers from your iPhone or iPad from anywhere with a 3G connection. With the potential to connect to up to 20 different computers you never have to worry about bringing your laptop with you while you report from the field.
Check out my list from last year to see what other apps you might want to consider.