Evernote, Tout Impress Me As Mobile Apps I Could Use

When it comes to mobile apps, I’ve tried Evernote and Tout and think both could help me as a mobile journalist.

When it comes to working as a mobile journalist, there are more and more tools that make the task of telling stories on the go easier.

There’ s no more portable tool than a notebook that you can pick up and, along with a pen, take notes.

Imagine that?   An “old-fashioned” stack of paper bound together with a wire spiral.    It still works.

And, guess what else works– themicrocassette recorder.  You can do wonders in recording sound with it.    It aids in note-taking and it’s small enough to fit in your pocket, along with the notepad.

Of course- these tools are NOT the focus of this post.

Portability vs. Mobility

Just because something is portable doesn’t mean it’s mobile.   What?     You can carry around a tape recorder, full-size or micro cassette.  You also can carry around a typewriter that has a case.   These tools are portable, but are they really designed to be used ON THE GO?

Portable equipment can moved from one place to another.   But,  I would not be able to used a portable typewriter just anywhere.

Nowadays, we can do so much more with just one device.   And, the devices are DESIGNED to be moved frequently.  They’re small enough, lightweight and created with the idea that the user can work in virtually the palm of his/her hand.

Tout it Out

Tout is a video service that came online just about three years ago in 2010.    The site is describe on its

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web site as a “mobile video publishing platform changing the way leading news, sports and entertainment brands engage their audience wherever they are.”

The Tout mobile application enables journalists, TV reporters and media companies of all types to quickly and easily capture video updates on their smart phone or tablets – and with one click, publish those video updates instantly to real-time feeds on their websites, mobile APP’s, or to any major social platform where they have a presence.

Broadcasting & Cable Magazine reported on the site in December 2011 calling a “social video” web site.    At the time, some television stations were already talking about what options Tout presented to them.

But, does this really replace having a real HD-television camera on the scene of a story?

Apparently, WESH-2, the NBC affiliate in Orlando, has found a use for the site.    Jason Guy and Meredith McDonough have posted two of the seven Tout’s on WESH’s Tout site.

While it has a lot more Touts,  WFLD’s 71 videos on its site don’t seem to be very current.   The Fox Station in Chicago only has three contributors who are using the site.   Mostly the videos are more promotions for stories that they’re airing on TV.

So, based on these TV examples,  I think the jury’s still out on Tout for TV.

As for me,  well I have a channel, but only a few followers and a handful of videos.

At least I’ve given it a try with my smartphone.

Another mobile app that I’m willing to give a try is Evernote.

Evernote’s Advantages Go Beyond Just Centralizing Notetaking

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 8.55.23 PMWhen it comes to taking notes, if you’re like me, you’ve own scribbled something down and then lost the note.

Evernote makes that less likely to happen because your notes are in the CLOUD.   (As in cloud computing)

I just set up an account for this site.

So whether I’m on my computer desktop, my laptop or a mobile device, I will be able to access those notes anywhere.

I also see on this device that you can add audio to a note.  That seems impressive.  But, I will have to try it out.

Sports Talk at Texas Tech Provides Chance to Meet Terrific Students, Faculty

Monday I gave a lunchtime lecture, “Researching Sports Media When You’re Not a Sports Fan,” in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

LUBBOCK, Texas–   Even though I am here for the 12th Engagement Scholarship Consortium on the Texas Tech campus this week, my visit to the new College of Media and Communication building for a lecture Monday is probably what I will remember most.

The Question-and-answer period was one of the best parts of my talk Monday at the Texas Tech College of Media and Communication.
The Question-and-answer period was one of the best parts of my talk Monday at the Texas Tech College of Media and Communication.was what I will remember the most.

My brown bag lecture,  “Researching Sports Media When You’re Not a Sports Fan,” drew a nice crowd of faculty and students interested in sports and media diversity, two topics that have claimed a lot of my scholarly attention this year.

I am so grateful to  Drs. Kent Wilkinson and Weiwu Zhang for inviting me over to talk about my research, even while I’m in town to dialogue on community engagement projects.

What great questions from the doctoral students in the audience Monday!   In the process, I learned about a new NFL rule on hiring that would inform my research.  Another student who graduated from an HBCU has become a new colleague.

And, I got a chance to catch up with two of our  Alabama grads– Glenn Cummins and Kevin Stoker while getting acquainted with a Florida graduate, Trent Seltzer, who chairs the Public Relations and Advertising unit here.  Did I mention, I also re-connected with a fellow UGA grad, Geoffrey Graybeal, who’s the media entrepreneurship guru at Texas Tech.

Even though Texas Tech is one of the original Big 12 schools,  there’s a whole lot of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) sown into the faculty just in the College of Media and Communication alone.

I will recap some of the points of my talk over on the Alabama SportsCom blog a little later.

Weeklong Visit to Lubbock Begins With Texas Cuisine, New Impressions of the “Hub City”

Getting a chance to gain a new perspective on West Texas this week on a five-day visit to Lubbock for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s 12th Annual Meeting hosted by Texas Tech University.

This file photo of Broadway entrance to Texas Tech University doesn't quite capture the spirit on campus during this homecoming week.
This file photo of Broadway entrance to Texas Tech University doesn’t quite capture the spirit on campus during this homecoming week.

LUBBOCK, Texas— For the first time in 12 years, I am back in the region known as West Texas as we begin a five-day visit to the town known as the home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The last time I was on the Tech campus was a few months before 9/11 in 2001 for the National Black Graduate Student Association.

Boy, a lot has changed in this college town since then.

A whole new side of town has been built that includes the host conference center where the 12th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium is taking place.

The Overton Hotel and Conference Center has been housing our meetings the last two days.

If Sunday’s brunch and yesterday ‘s breakfast is any indication, the Pecan Grill will be a great memory.  They have venison burgers at this restaurant.  I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try one of those.

My friends and colleagues from Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communication have introduced me to one chain and one local restaurant.

I have to say the salmon and the crab cakes were memorable at the Texas Land & Cattle location here in Lubbock.     I did some research and found there are more than 20 locations of this restaurant around the Lone Star State.    And, there is even a location closer to my hometown– Richmond, Va.  in Concord, NC.   I will make a point to visit this restaurant again.

But, Lubbock should be proud of what Billy Rizzo’s and Stella’s Restaurant has to offer.   While’s it’s known for its Italian cuisine,  I thoroughly enjoyed the seafood there.    The trout and the vanilla bread pudding were most memorable at this restaurant.

As the intensity of the conference increases today and we’re offered boxed lunches at the Student Union on the Texas Tech campus,  the cuisine will be a little less memorable.  But,  I’m glad my week here is off to such a great, yummy start!