Neal Augenstein

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5 must-have apps for #iphonereporting

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Having the right tool is important for any job — especially if most of your work is done on mobile devices.

One benefit of #iphonereporting: experimenting with apps is far cheaper than purchasing hardware, as you explore ways of doing your job faster and better.

Here are my current 5 must-have apps

1. Voddio
Multi-track recorder/editor for audio and video. Workflow designed by a journalist, Voddio facilitates down-and-dirty or intricate field reports.
Cost: Free with $9.99 sharing unlock

2. SoundCloud
In-app recorder and ability to upload larger audio files, including fully-produced reports produced with other editing apps.
Cost: Free

3. Twitter
In addition to 140 characters of text, Twitter’s mobile app supports quick sharing of links, including SoundCloud and YouTube URLs and photos.
Cost: Free

4. Camera+
In a breaking news situation, a reporter doesn’t have time to fumble for an app with which to snap a photograph. After taking a picture with iPhone’s built-in camera, Camera+’s presets offer several exposure tweaks before quick transmission.
Cost: $1.99

5. YouTube
Most video editing applications support one-touch uploads to YouTube, and easy sharing on all social media.
Cost: Free

Avoiding “Oh, S#!T” while #iphonereporting

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

There’s no worse feeling for a reporter than realizing you screwed up and didn’t record the interview or news conference you thought you’d completed.

The walk of shame to the editor’s desk to explain “something happened” is so awful, I wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again.


Let me know if you have any questions.

Twitter chat on #iphonereporting

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

Participated in a great Twitter chat hosted by PBS MediaShift, sharing tips and strategies on #iphonereporting.

Click here to see the Twitter chat

Let me know if you have any follow-ups!

Cheapest, most important accessory for #iphonereporting

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm


A microphone windscreen costs under five dollars at any music store or online, yet it’s the most important accessory for #iphonereporting.

The built-in microphone of the iPhone is very susceptible to wind — even a stiff breeze can ruin a recording.

Yet, a simple windscreen has allowed me to use my iPhone during coverage of a hurricane.

Just slide the bottom of the iPhone into the windscreen (remember the built-in mic is just to the left of the charging port) and you’ll be fine.

Looks silly? Maybe. Works? Yep.