Apps for the photojournalist

As part of the 2013 World Press Photo Awards Days, a small team of multimedia experts (Antoinette Hoes, head of strategy, Tribal DDB in Amsterdam, and Claudine Boeglin, multimedia director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation) sat down with me to discuss the world of 'apps'. With cell phones being the most popular way to access the internet, and tablets quickly lowering in price and gaining in acceptance; it only makes sense that the world of apps - small applications designed for these devices - would be increasingly important to journalists trying to share their work with the world. 

What we discovered, however, was that - even more importantly - apps can help journalists see, explore, and report on the world in new and exciting ways. So while we did find one app that is a great example of how to do storytelling in the 21st century; many of the other apps we loved were tools designed for everyone, not just journalists. They all work great 'out of the box' but our challenge to photojournalists everywhere is to 'hijack' these tools; remix the technology to enhance your own storytelling and to make your media more social.

- Keith W. Jenkins, supervising senior producer for multimedia, NPR

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