Jim Colgan

Jim Colgan was a producer and digital editor at WNYC Radio for almost ten years. He now works independently, helping news organizations with mobile mapping projects and consulting for technology companies that include the texting platform, Mobile Commons. Jim launched one of public radio's first ever crowdsourcing projects by asking listeners of WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show to report on the price of milk, lettuce and beer at their local grocery store. Jim is also an active member of Hacks/Hackers New York.


How online audio tools can help journalists

First blogs, then Flickr, then YouTube, then Facebook, then Twitter, then Tumblr… If you were told there’s one more thing that you have to be using to survive in journalism, you’d be forgiven for lashing out. But that’s exactly what … Read more


How journalists are using the iPad to enhance their reporting

Many journalists know what it’s like to have a source freeze when you pull out a microphone or start recording them on camera. What were once colorful anecdotes can quickly turn into stilted monologues.

Now that the quality of mobile … Read more


How a college journalist created SoundNote, an iPad app for recording interviews

How do you design a mobile app for journalists? Do you commission consultants to research a tool they think reporters will use? Do you spend weeks observing the daily habits of journalists to try to anticipate their needs?

If you’re … Read more


7 ways to get your audience to participate in mobile mapping projects

News organizations are increasingly involving the community in their reporting and trying to figure out which approaches work well.

One way to get your audience involved is to combine the ease of mobile texting with the visual appeal of a … Read more

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