Also as part of the presentation, from all the research this semester we also made a recommended mobile gear kit for journalists using the Apple iPhone:
VeriCorder 1st Video
- Video, audio or photo slideshow presentation
- Multi-track editing
VeriCorder XLR Mic Adaptor
- Use with stick microphone
- Adaptor includes headphone jack
- Best sound quality
Gorilla Mobile Tripod
- Legs bend allowing the most flexibility with positioning for mobile device
Sima LED Light Panel
- Cold foot, hot shoe
- Adjustable arm
Photogene (Photo Editing)
- Useful features for editing photos
- Multiple export locations
Mophie Juice Pack Air
- Charger and case in one
- Great battery backup
Part of this recommendation was for the journalism school teachers, students and local media outlets where students are working here at the University of Missouri. As you may know, journalism students are required to purchase an iPhone or iPod Touch as part of their school supplies.
After receiving a lot of praise and feedback from the Mobile Reporting Tools Guide, Mike McKean and the RJI Futures Lab has agreed to offer another group of Senior Capstone students to help continue building out the guide with me through the Spring semester. This time around though we're going to focus more energy on filling out opportunities with Android and tablet devices for mobile reporting, as well as updating the current guides and adding more Apple and hardware tools.
We're going to be working on our shopping list over the winter break, so if you have any mobile or tablet reporting tools from apps, to hardware, to web services that there you're interested in, but weren't sure if they were worth the money, please let me know (contact info below) and we'll add them to our list to try out. We've already received a handful of good leads and are looking for more to help you and the industry move forward quickly in this emerging space.
Will Sullivan is a 2010-2011 Reynolds Journalism Fellow studying mobile development. He blogs on the RJI Mobile Blog and Journerdism.com. He can be reached at will @ Journerdism.com, on Twitter @Journerdism or on Facebook.