3 December 2013
Skype has become a staple tool for journalists, yet, without a built in taping feature, it can be difficult to fully utilise it for newsgathering. As there is no in-phone means to record, reporters are forced to conduct interviews on speaker and tape them with a dictaphone. Not only does this turn out low quality audio, but it also carries with it an array of privacy concerns, particularly if the interview is being conducted in a public place. Skyrecorder provides a solution to this problem for journalists using Skype on iPhones.
27 November 2013
TinEye is a reverse search engine for images. Users can upload an image from their hard drive, or search its URL, and TinEye will retrieve any image that matches its ‘digital fingerprint’. Unlike traditional search engines, TinEye does not search via image name or SEO keywords. Instead, like a fingerprint database search, it retrieves images that match the pixel display.
18 November 2013
SoundNote makes note-taking even easier for journalists equipped with an iPad. Unlike the iPad’s built in Notes app, SoundNote allows journalists to both record audio and type, or draw, on the same interface. Audio is instantly synced with these annotations so that journalists can revisit entire parts of an interview by simply clicking on an associated note.
8 November 2013
Copy and pasting data from PDFs can be painful. Users are forced to copy one row at a time, or spend hours reformatting large chunks of the file. The process is incredibly time consuming and also risks loosing data Tabula, which is especially useful for journalists working closely with data, is an exciting free tool that allows data to be extracted cleanly from PDFs.
14 October 2013
For many journalists, especially those working with confidential information, privacy, both on and offline is of utmost importance. Today, online privacy is becoming difficult to achieve thanks to strategies for online advertising, which transform users into potential target audiences by mining their online activity data. So, how can journalists get around this? Hello Epic Privacy Browser.
23 September 2013
Being able to transform your voice directly into text is a handy skill that can make the life and work of any journalist much easier. This skill can be granted with the Dragon Dictation application. To put it simply, Dragon Dictation recognises the users speech and automatically puts it into text. This means that as a journalist, users no longer have to spend time writing out interview
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