So You Want To Be A Journalist 💁🏼📹

Thanks to Worldstar and TMZ, any asshole with a camera phone can get instant fame and gratification. Social media rules, and again with tools like Facebook and Instagram live, any injustice or cute animal video can become viral and win instant acknowledgment in our 3 second world.

This is a dangerous tool for the unwashed masses to have, because one finds the “Cash Me Outside” girl becoming the top viewed video while images of gas-choked Syrian children falls to the wayside.

However, the optimist in me demands that we have faith that people will do the right thing. For example, the United Airline scandal wouldn’t have captured people’s attention if the video hadn’t been included.

Another reason why I still cling to faith in my fellow man is because of self-made mobile journalist Tim Pool. Tim used his phone to capture pivotal moments int he Occupy Wall Street movement, and use the internet as a way to efficiently share his experience, as the experiences of other. He broadcasted live for hours on end to hundreds of thousand of viewers.

And although Tim isn’t a traditional journalist, his “citizens-reporting” is a brilliant example of everyday people seeing the news industry as lapsing in true, shocking, and un-biased coverage and doing something about it. Literally taking matters into his own hands.

Keeping Up App-erences

I had a harder time finding apps to use, simply because I feel that Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all have exactly what a budding journalist would need; live stream capabilities and the ability to send up to the second updates to a global audience. Twitter provides short bursts of information that keep the audience engaged and informed, while any live application can streak globally as well as to specific groups.

So (because the link I was provided didn’t like my computer) I decided to Google journalistic apps and see what the ‘interwebs’ vomited out to me. And low and behold, Buzzfeed provided me with a VERY extensive list of applications for journalists.

The first one that grabbed me (and worked on my laptop) was called Skimfeed; basically it’s the news version of TL;DR (Too Long;Didn’t Read). It boils down all the top stories into something a little more digestable for someone who doesn’t have the time or mental capacity to read long stories. Basically a poor-man’s version of The Week; all the information is spewed into cute bullets and easy to read paragraphs, which is perfect for someone trying to keep up in the top stories.

Next, I was drawn into a similar app called BriefMe. Part of the reason I liked this trend of ‘down and dirty’ journalism is because I know firsthand what its like to be handed a story you know nothing about and having to research said story en route to the site. BriefMe is just an aesthetically laid out app, easy to use and very quick with it’s search results. If I had the storage space, I would’ve instantly downloaded it.

Overall thought I feel like you don’t need a bunch of fancy apps in order to be an effective journalist. All you need is the passion and the knowledge.