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Seven apps all journalists should have on their phone

The days when a journalist could get by with paper, a pen and a filofax are gone. Editing pictures and videos, recording phone calls, doing research –  and remembering all of it – are now simply the realities of being a good journalist. But despite the many lows of digital age, such as not being able to hold a conversation without looking at our phone or being obsessed with likes on Instagram, there are a lot of ups too. Today there is an app for everything, so why not to try one that makes our lives as journalists easier? We’ve rounded up seven apps that every journalist should have.

 

1.Tape a call, iOS, Android, (£10.99)

Scheduled a phone interview but left the dictaphone at home? Tape a call will solve your problems. For £10.99 a year for unlimited recordings, this app lets you record incoming and outgoing calls in only a few clicks. It will become your friend for life.

 

2.Transcribe me, iOS, Android, (Free)

Does the thought of transcribing long interviews fill you with dread? Transcribe me uses speech recognition to convert any audio or video files to text. The app is free to download but charges £0.79 per audio minute. While it might not always be the best solution (who wants to swop their morning flat white for a three-minute long transcription?), it can really help if you’re on a tight deadline.

 

3.Journalism dictionary SMART guide, iOS, (Free)

This app defines more than 1,000 journalism terms from 13 categories, with a detailed description of every term. Come here if you want to find out what lobster shift means and if you think your made up words are not getting enough recognition- you can add them to the dictionary. What’s more, you can take quizzes in public relations, law and ethics to learn about copyright and how to stay away from legal trouble when writing an article. Less fun, but very useful.

 

4.Nuzzel, iOS, Android, (Free)

Opening Twitter after a few hours can be pretty stressful- all you see is a timeline full of quotes and pointless comments from people you don’t even follow. Nuzzel works as an extension to your already existing Twitter account. This app alerts you to the stories everyone has been talking about while you’ve been offline. By using your social graph to filter relevant information, it brings you stories from people and sources that you are interested in, whether that’s current affairs, showbiz or cat videos.

 

5.Pocket, iOS, Android, (Free)

Are you always collecting articles and sources for further research?And yes, vegan recipes also count as research. Sometimes this can be quite messy, especially when you’re screenshotting what you find and saving it to your photo gallery. Pocket lets you save material and creates a simple and easy to search private library. Using the recommend feature, you can share your saved stories – perfect if you’re working on a team project.

 

6.Quik, iOs, Android, (Free)

Created by Gopro, Quik creates awesome videos in just a few taps. It makes the complicated task-editing videos on a small phone screen easy peasy. You can add various effects to create beautiful short movies. David Attenborough-approved. Save them in HD and share instantly on any social media platforms, or simply send them via text or email. The app is especially useful when capturing and sharing a time sensitive story as the whole process only takes a few minutes.

 

7.Hydra, iOS, (£4.99)

Nothing is worse than a grainy picture “enhanced” with some Instagram filters.When there is no DSLR camera in sight, let Hydra swoop in and save the day. It lets you take perfect HDR pictures, even in the most difficult light situations and weather conditions by quickly replacing the standard iOS camera app. Do we need anything else to add?