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.

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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.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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