Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Futures Lab: Five features smartphone apps for journalists

I was recently featured on a Reynolds Journalism Institute's Futures Lab video.

The topic: Reporting apps, GitHub and election coverage.

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.

The featured apps: 


Here, I talk about how Camera+ has become a staple for my mobile journalism pursuits.
I also need a better microphone (ahem, boss?).

Check out the full video here, full of tons of great information and ideas for the modern journalist. Or watch it below.

Mega props to Chelsea Stuart, who did a stellar job on this project.

I won! Watch out, Atlanta!

The cat memes worked! I am humbled and grateful to announce I am one of five journalists from across the nation chosen to attend the Online News Association's conference in Atlanta in October. Thank you so much for rallying behind me and voting for me! Kapow!    


Moral of this story: Cat memes always work.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Tout for videos: Rated B-

So everyone's really into Tout. At first, I thought it was the same exact thing as Instagram, minus the reputation and followers, but the more I play with it, the more it grows on me.

I'm still not fully sold. Hence, I rate it a B-. Here's why. Plus some tips on making it work for you.


Captures short video clips on your iPhone and uploads them to Tout.com. Easy to learn. Offers stop coverage: shoot, pause, shoot, pause, up to 45 seconds for upgraded version; 15 seconds for regular. (I rarely recommend shooting the full 45 seconds, for attention-span reasons).


I think you can find a Tout opportunity for almost every story, whether it's the subject (or reporter) giving a short teaser for an upcoming story, a daily weather story, a peek into a scene you're writing about or just a video equivalent of a stand-alone glimpse at the community.

Stand-alone: What Boulder does on a hot summer day
Addition to story: Chain-link fence "fabric-bombing" project at historical house

Last call!

Last call! This is one of those things that takes five seconds that can make a big difference to a hardworking reporter.

I'm one of the 20 finalists to attend the exciting Online News Association's conference this fall. Please vote for me here. Share with your friends, if you can. Most votes wins! Thank you oodles.

Anyone can vote through 6 p.m. today at:

Vote for Aimee and then brace for the magic.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dear The World, help a sista out

I'm one of the 20 finalists to attend the exciting Online News Association's conference this fall. But I need YOU (and your mom) to vote for me, because the Homecoming Queen with the most votes wins. It takes 10 seconds. Please do it! Vote for Pedro, and I will make all of your wildest dreams come true. 

Anyone can vote through Friday, at www.insidethunderdome.com/2013/07/15/finalists-5-rep-dfm-ona13/

To further encourage you to vote for me, I have created an animated gif. Isn't that how democracy works now? I used makeagif.com. It's super easy to use and free.

Vote for Aimee on Make A Gif