This week we offer five useful apps for mobile reporting, explain how to find coding resources on GitHub, and explore ideas for transforming local election coverage.

PART 1: Apps for mobile reporting

Amid an ever-increasing number of options, we identify five of the most useful smartphone apps for mobile reporters. We also hear from journalists and app creators about how these apps are being used in the field.

Reporting by Chelsea Stuart.

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For more information on the apps we featured, visit their websites:

For additional information about mobile reporting:

Mobile-journalism pioneer Neal Augenstein, a radio reporter for WTOP, offers advice for mobile journalists about equipment, apps, sharing through social media and more on his website.

Mobile journalist Aimee Heckel uses her website to discuss being a modern journalist, including app reviews, new technology and the stories she covers along the way as a reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera and member of the Digital First IdeaLab team.

Apps for Journalists Tipsheet (PDF file compiled from this year’s IRE Conference which included more than 100 sessions on various topics related to investigative journalism)

Top mobile apps for investigative journalists (Compiled by IRE and includes type, price and a short description for each of their selected apps)

The Society of Professional Journalists offers this collection of mobile resources, including a list of mobile reporting tools (toward the bottom of the page).

PART 2: Code-sharing on GitHub

GitHub is a social site for sharing code, and many newsroom developers are sharing their work on the site for others to use. Amanda Krauss, an interactive developer at the Texas Tribune, and Sisi Wei, a news applications developer at ProPublica, explain how journalists can use the site to find resources for their own newsroom projects.

Reporting by Sarah Harkins.

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For more information:

This article from the Knight Lab at Northwestern University explains the vocabulary used on GitHub and provides links to several news organizations’ GitHub pages.

If your newsroom is completely new to coding or GitHub, this news quiz from Mother Jones is a great starter project.

There are many other news organizations with GitHub pages. You can search GitHub and find pages for many of the major news organizations. Here are some examples:

PART 3: Improving local election coverage

Recently named Reynolds Fellow Scott Swafford will spend the next several months developing ways to improve local election coverage in smaller communities. Swafford, senior city editor at the Columbia Missourian and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, explains what he hopes to accomplish and what he thinks needs to change.

Reporting by Sarah Harkins.

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More information about Swafford's project can be found in this RJI article.

To see the April 2013 voters guide Swafford oversaw for the Columbia Missourian, click here.

For more information about the Reynolds fellowship program, click here.

Reuben Stern  
Director of NYC Partnerships


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