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Monthly Archives: August 2015

The skinny on recording apps, devices for journalists

Recording apps

Finding the right recording app can be a challenge for journalists.

Recording phone interviews got a whole lot trickier when journalists stepped out of the office and started using cells as primary contact numbers. As a freelance journalist, I fought my husband for years on giving up our home office landline because I didn’t want the poor-quality recordings that clunky suction mics produced.

That was 10 years ago. You would think that, given the leaps and bounds we’ve made in communications technology, we would have come further. Yet most cell recording options for roving journalists are still a bit “meh.” Bottom line: Almost none of the recording apps are free (no matter what they advertise), most recordings they produce are a somewhat muffled and many are cumbersome to operate.

Some options, though, are better than others. Here are a few that Kip Program — and journalists we know — have luck using.

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Research spies on social media, citizen journalism practices

Say what you will about the journalism and mass communication profession, there is never a shortage of research, surveys and focus groups to provide for sufficient navel-gazing.

As a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, I am never at a loss for new material on my desk. The quarterly journals just keep stacking up. Scholars thrive on these research reports. Journalists, not so much.

The recent American Society of Newspaper Editors’ report garnered a lot more attention in the media world than a study on the adoption and use of citizen journalism content by online newspapers.

The gist of the ASNE 2015 newsroom census: Newsroom staffs are down another 12.7 percent from the previous year. In short, 32,900 journalists have jobs compared to 56,000 in 2000.

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