Neal Augenstein

Amazon Fire records audio better than iPhone 5

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm



The new Amazon Fire isn’t ready to replace the Apple iPhone in my #iphonereporting bag of tricks, but audio recorded in the built-in microphone of the Fire surpasses the iPhone 5.

In a basic A-B test, the Fire sounds richer than the iPhone.

The Fire does not have a built-in audio recording app (like VoiceMemo for iPhone) so I used the free Easy Voice Recorder app on the Fire and Voddio on the iPhone.


The Amazon Fire is only available on AT&T, which provided me a device to test.

Earlier, I found the Samsung S5 sounds better than the iPhone, and I’d give the edge to the S5 over Fire, too.

Unfortunately, since I still haven’t found an intuitive Android multi-track editing app for Fire’s operating system it would be difficult to do a fully-produced report in the field.

Let me know what you think.

Tweeting audio for PIOs with AudioBoo

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

AudioBoo is my new choice for instances in the field where it’s necessary to record audio, do a quick trim front and back, add a photo, and share.

SoundCloud used to fill that role, but its recent decision to make its mobile app a “listening and discovery” app removed the ability to record audio in the app.

Now, my only use for SoundCloud is to share fully-produced reports edited on Voddio.

Here’s my earlier post describing why tweeting audio is such a valuable tool for public information officers and public relations professionals.

This is how an AudioBoo post can be embedded into a website.

Let me know if you have any questions.






Who “invented” #iphonereporting?

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Clearly, a lot has happened in the past several years, with journalists and others using smartphones and tablets to help tell their stories.

Today I was curious, and did a little research to see who first coined the word “iphonereporting.”

In my not-terribly-scientific-or-complete search through the Topsy search engine, I searched for variations:

It seems that this was the first variation to appear, in July 2008:

Of course Etan Horowitz is the @CNNMobile editor and blogs at

In January 2009 I joined Twitter, with a bunch of WTOP coworkers.

The first time we used Twitter in news coverage was during President Obama’s inauguration.

By the beginning of February 2010, I had started using my iPhone 3Gs to do all my audio recording, editing, and voicing. When I researched it a few years ago, it seemed like I was the first major market radio reporter to do all of his field producing on an iPhone.

Back then, I wasn’t concentrating on what to call what I was doing. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I would keep doing it.

I recall describing it as “doing all my reporting with my iPhone” and dabbled with the clumsy phrase “iPhone-only reporting.”

Also in February 2010 appears to be the first Twitter post with the hashtag (but capital R).

And, in June of 2010, another variation:

In November 2010, Damon Kiesow (@dkiesow), then of Poynter, was kind enough to write the first article about how I was using my iPhone, but neither of us referred to it as “iphonereporting.”

In February 2011 I launched my first Tumblr blog, and called it iPhoneReporting.

Ironically, according to Topsy, I’d still never tweeted with that hashtag.

And, finally in July 2011, this happened:

Now, of course, the hashtag is very active, and I learn a lot from colleagues and friends, including @MarcSettle, @GlenBMulcahy, @nicholasgarnett,  @CharlesRHodgson, @AmaniChannel, @robbmontgomery and everyone else who is kind enough to share their experiences.

That’s my take on how it happened — who can fill me in on other details?







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