- Google Docs
- Google Photos
- Otter Voice Notes
- Facebook Pages
Embarking on a career in journalism comes with many tasks to manage but there are several great apps that journalists can use to stay organized. The following list consists of five free apps that can help journalists to balance it all.
Google Docs allows you to create and edit documents from anywhere in the world. All texts in Google Docs are automatically saved to the cloud wherever there’s a connection. Documents that are typed offline are immediately uploaded to the cloud with no worries of being lost because they can be accessed through a Web browser. Journalists can also share their documents with multiple people through this app. Its smooth user interface allows multiple people to edit and annotate a single document in real-time.
It’s difficult enough to keep memory space free on a mobile device when it’s so tempting to fill it with endless photos and videos. When the job requires quick photos on the job, Google Photos allows the user to save unlimited pictures to the cloud. Once the photos are successfully backed up to the cloud, they can be deleted from the device to make more space available. The app also includes a feature that allows the user to easily create and order photo books. Photos and videos can be accessed at any time through the app or a Web browser.
Otter Voice Notes
Attempting to jot down notes during an interview can be both distracting and inaccurate but transcribing voice recordings can require lots of time. Dictation applications like Otter Voice Notes allow journalists to simply hit a button and let the device record the conversation and transcribe everything said. This app can record up to 600 minutes of audio with timestamps as things are said and identify which speaker is talking. The user can also export the transcripts from the app in multiple formats and quickly share with their colleagues or access the information online.
Journalists that work independently or are responsible for managing social media pages would likely find Facebook Pages to be quite useful. Instead of trying to balance business and personal life on one Facebook page, the Facebook Pages app allows journalists to keep their work accounts separate. Business pages also tend to appear more professional and give your visitors all of the necessary information for the business. These pages also allow journalists to upload photos and create posts that may appear in the timelines of their followers.
Journalists that work independently and have a blog would likely save lots of time and effort with the Wordpress app. Wordpress already allows its users to create websites for free and the sign-up process can be done from a mobile device. Because the app is so user-friendly, journalists can easily create and upload new content with images to their websites from their phones. Similar to its website, the Wordpress app is great for journalists because it’s SEO-friendly and allows the user to enter keyword tags and metadata for a boost in the search engines.
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These mobile apps are all offered for free with the option of in-app purchases but the free features have all been proven to be quite handy. With the help of these five apps, journalists can do their jobs quickly and efficiently.