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February 16, 2012
Scoops Via Your iPhone
Wow, if news breaks around you, whip out your iPhone and follow the steps for producing a reliable news account on "Get It Right, A field guide to practical and critical thinking for citizen journalists." Yep, it's an app-sized school of journalism.

There are six "lessons," from "What is news?" and "Reporting Basics" to "Ethics." There's also an Equipment Checklist, but we've got a quibble there. The list includes cameras, a computer, batteries, earphones, and a microphone, but no pencil and paper! Maybe that's because the app was developed by Catherine Antoine, president of the Global Media Forum, who in her day job is the Director and Managing Editor of Radio Free Asia online. Citizen-folks aren't out on the street with all that gear, Catherine, but they might have a pencil and paper.

This is a worthy effort to advise folks of the basics of news gathering. Now, if someone could come out with a comparable app on the basics of PR!

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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