Technology is at a point where almost anything can be done on-the-go on a 4-inch screen. MLive Reporter Fritz Klug demonstrates how he uses his iPhone for all of his reporting and text editing for his job. Klug explains you don’t need to wait until you get to a computer to finish your story. Here are five apps that can help you do the same.
DropVox: A voice recorder app that automatically syncs to your Dropbox account. Available on the Apple App Store for $1.99.
Dynamic Light: This simple photo app can make low quality photos look like fresh professional grade pictures with the turn of a dial. The app is priced at $0.99 and is only available on Apple devices as well.
Capture: Free on the Apple App Store you can take a video, trim it and re-arrange an unlimited number of clips on your phone then upload it straight to YouTube. You can also add soundtracks onto your video from Capture’s pre-programmed tracks or from your own music.
Drafts: Take quick notes and save them in Drafts. You can add links and directly post your stories on almost any social media network and customize actions, themes and fonts. This is the most expensive app priced at $3.99 on the Apple App Store.
PlainText 2: A basic text editor that automatically syncs to Dropbox and iCloud. It does almost everything other word processors like Microsoft Word, but it’s free and stories can get written and published on-the-go.
Though all of these apps are only accessible with Apple products, you can still find similar apps for Android that work just as well. And whatever device you use for your mobile reporting and editing, be sure to keep plenty of space for photos, videos and documents.
For more tips on using your smartphone for journalism and his favorite apps, check out Klug’s website.