CMTO Trainers have been discussing tools and apps community media volunteers can use to be mobile reporters and citizen journalists.
CMTO Trainer Bronwen Loden attended Podcamp in Canada a few years back, an informal conference about citizen journalism and DIY media.
“A presenter from Vericoder was there talking about their mobile journalism applications,” Bronwen says.
Vericoder was founded by former mobile journalist Gary Symons to develop tools for mobile journalism, and for hyper local media networks.
“Also I like that they abbreviate mobile journalism to mojo,” Bronwen says.
An innovative project, NT Mojos is underway in the Northern Territory, auspiced by the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
Bronwen also likes the owle bubo, a stand for the iPhone that assists in taking stable pictures or recording video.
CMTO trainee, Kahiwa Sebire also shared some mobile journalism app tips with her trainer, Ili Tulloch.
The “iRig recorder”, is a free app designed to work with the iRig branded microphone, a uni-directional condenser mic which plugs straight into the iPhone.
The app allows editing and exporting of files via E-mail, Wi-Fi, FTP, SoundCloud or iTunes File Sharing in a variety of sizes and formats.
Tools and apps are increasingly being designed for andriod phones too, check out this great article on The Next Web on 13 ways to use andriod apps as a mobile journo.
The usefulness of mobile tools and social networking for journalists was highlighted recently by citizen journalist, Gari Sullivan.
He raises the question of why, in an world where any one can start a facebook coversation with someone in any city in the world, are we still relying on the mainstream telling of news.
Listen to Gari’s podcast for the Commnity Radio Network’s The Wire here.