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WTOP reporter Neal Augenstein is donating this iPhone and a custom microphone stand he designed to hold it at press conferences.

WTOP ‘mojo’ pioneer donates iPhone to the Newseum

WTOP radio's mobile-journalism pioneer Neal Augenstein covers D.C.-area news using only his iPhone. Today, Augenstein and WTOP are donating his iPhone 4S to the Newseum, which welcomes it as an artifact of the new era of mobile-empowered reporting.

"I'm delighted the Newseum is recognizing that mobile journalism is taking its place along legacy reporting tools," Augenstein told me via email. "Being able to record and edit audio and video, take and edit pictures, write Web stories, and do social networking on a single device has revolutionized my job." (more...)
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BBC develops iPhone app for its reporters
BBC's reporters in the field will soon be able to file video, photos and audio directly to the network's production system from an iPhone or iPad. Developers are adapting a special app to handle those functions. The BBC also is seeking to license an existing app, Luci Live, to enable reporters to broadcast live from a phone. "It is beginning to be a realistic possibility to use iPhones and other devices for live reporting, and in the end if you've got someone on the scene then you want to be able to use them," Martin Turner, BBC's head of operations for newsgathering, told || Earlier: 8 must-have iPhone & Android apps for covering breaking news; iPhone 4 offers new tools for journalists

Stelter: In Joplin, ‘my best reporting was on Twitter’

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The New York Times' Brian Stelter has blogged about his experience covering the tornado destruction in Joplin, Mo. — the first time he's reported on a natural disaster. Expecting to go to Chicago to interview Oprah Winfrey, he arrived ill-prepared, without boots, maps, or a pen for his notebook. "What I learned: always carry extra pens." Stelter ended up tweeting much of what he saw; he used Instagram to send photos, which helped him remember scenes for his stories. At his suggestion, the Times linked to his tweets on its home page. "It was, after all, the place where my latest reporting was being posted. ... Looking back, I think my best reporting was on Twitter. ... People later told me that they thought I was processing what I was seeing in real-time on Twitter. I was." He archived his tweets on his Tumblr.

Twitpic changes reveal conflict as users, journalists, photo sharing services have competing goals

The popular photo-sharing service Twitpic this month took more control over the photos that millions of Twitter users upload to its site each month.

Although it provoked an outcry from people who said Twitpic was infringing on users’ copyright, the … Read more


Ex-newspaper photographer helps amateurs undercut the pros

After taking a buyout from The Baltimore Sun, David Hobby started teaching amateurs cheap, effective lighting techniques. Steven Weiss writes, "Undercutting professionals by arming hordes of well-trained amateurs, just as the media companies have slashed photography budgets across the board, Hobby has helped changed the face of the photography business." Hobby says there will still be jobs for professional photographers: "You'll have fewer rock stars, and a much larger middle class."
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Damon Winter explains process, philosophy behind award-winning Hipstamatic photos

When I heard about the controversy surrounding Damon Winter’s award-winning series of photos that were captured with the Hipstamatic iPhone app, I contacted him to see if he would participate in a live chat on

He told me he … Read more

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Tackable works with San Jose Mercury News on crowdsourced photojournalism app

A private company is working in close collaboration with The San Jose Mercury News to build a smart phone app that could put newspapers at the center of a social network focused on photography.

The app, called Tackable, enables … Read more


Chat replay: What role do image apps like Hipstamatic have in photojournalism?

New York Times photographer Damon Winter’s third place award in the Pictures of the Year International contest has caused some controversy among photojournalists — not because of the images, but because he captured them with the Hipstamatic app on his Read more


RJI project tests and rates mobile journalism tools, from apps to hardware

The mobile landscape is changing fast, says Will Sullivan, and journalists need help keeping up.

Figuring out which apps to use can be a challenge, not to mention picking a phone. Aside from deciding between two iPhones (Verizon or AT&T) … Read more


Lack of concurrent voice, data connections on Verizon an issue for journalists

The iPhone 4 will be available on Verizon Wireless within weeks, but what does that mean for media companies?

With many newsrooms using smart phones to gather news and report live from the field, the iPhone’s availability on Verizon may … Read more

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