13 Android apps for mobile journalists

Contrary to popular belief, the 21st century journalist isn’t all that different to the hacks of days gone by. The skills required today are broadly similar to what was needed 50 years ago – they must have meticulous attention to detail, leave no stone unturned as they strive to unravel the truth behind a story. And above all else, they must be ethically-inclined…in theory, at least.

But the tools of the trade today are very different. Out is the payphone and little black book of contacts, and in is the Twitter account, smartphone and other gadgets that can transform a simple hack into an editor, reporter, cameraman, photographer…and whatever else may be required to submit a story.

And in a week it was revealed that Android has almost half of the total smartphone market sewn up, here’s a look at a handful of Android apps that can help journalists harness the power of their pocket rocket to get a story from the streets onto the Web.

Tape-a-Talk: A simple voice recorder

Any self-respecting hack will require easy, instant access to a recording device. Tape-a-Talk is a simple, but pretty good quality voice recorder.

You can set the app to record high quality (.wav/pcm) and low quality (3gp) recordings, and it will let you pause recordings too (for .wav files), something that many of the basic recorders don’t allow. And long-clicking on a recorded file gives you the option of sending, renaming or deleting the file. You can also set the sample rate (8-44khz) and sample format (8/16 bit). The basic version of Tape-a-Talk is free, but you can upgrade to a pro version for about £3.50, which has additional features such as fast-forward/rewind recordings, and you can also splice recordings too.

There are countless other simple audio recording apps too, such as Voice Recorder and VoiceTask, the latter of which is pretty good for easy emailing of recordings.

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Abilene Reporter-News – Abilene, TX
The Reporter-News in Abilene, Texas, is looking for an education reporter to join its staff. We need a… than 10) and a brief bio to Editor Barton Cromeens at…

Media General, Inc. – Mechanicsville, VA
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Universal Studios – West Hartford, CT
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Lee Enterprises – Decatur, IL
Reporter The Herald Review, a Lee Enterprises newspaper in Decatur, Ill., is looking for an ambitious general assignment reporter. We are looking for someone…

Antelope Valley Press – Palmdale, CA
The successful applicant has some daily newspaper experience as a reporter and is equally skilled at crafting good headlines for the copy desk…

FDAnews – Falls Church, VA
FDAnews seeks a highly motivated editor/reporter to report and write daily articles on regulatory issues affecting executives in the pharmaceutical…

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Current TV taps former CNN veteran
David Bohrman has been named president of Current TV , overseeing programming, production, broadcast operations and digital for the channel. He comes from CNN/Cable News Network , where he most recently served as senior vice president and chief innovation officer. Before that, he was the Washington, D.C. bureau chief and senior vice president of news for the network. He had been with CNN since 1998. Current TV can be found on Twitter at @current. For further details, call 415-995-8200.

PBS names programming VPs
PBS/Public Broadcasting Service has named both Beth Hoppe and Donald Thoms to the role of vice president of programming, general audience. In this capacity, Hoppe and Thoms will be responsible for oversight of the present lineup as well as the generation of new primetime programming. Follow PBS on Twitter at @pbs . For additional details, phone 703-739-5000.

New managing editor at Us
Following the departure of managing editor John Kline at Us Weekly magazine, Lisa Broock (@ljbnyc) has been promoted to managing editor. She previously served as senior editor. Us Weekly offers the latest in celebrity and entertainment news and can be found on Twitter at @usweekly. For more information, call 212-484-1616.

GQ fashion veteran Cohen departs
Lisa Cohen , senior editor in fashion at GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly , leaves the publication on August 9. She worked for the magazine for 28 years and specialized in men’s tailored wear, such as suits, ties and shirts. Follow GQ’s fashion news on Twitter at @GQfashion. For more information, call 212-286-2860.

Daily Beast editor returns to Forbes
Randall Lane (@randalllane) is slated to re-join the staff of Forbes (@Forbes) as editor after Labor Day. He returns to the publication after having most recently served as an editor at large and senior editor for The Daily Beast. During his first stint with the magazine, Lane served in a variety of roles, including reporter, staff writer and Washington bureau chief. He additionally founded P.O.V. magazine and was editor in chief of Trader Monthly. To learn more, call 212-620-2200.

WashPo names domestic policy reporters, expands tech coverage
Brad Plumer (@bradplumer) and Suzy Khimm (@suzykhimm) have been named domestic policy reporters at The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) and bloggers at Ezra Klein, its domestic issues blog. Also at the outlet, Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), editor in chief of The Verge, has begun writing a technology column. The column, also titled The Verge, appears Wednesdays online and Thursdays in print and is part of a larger content share agreement between the paper and The Verge website. Call 202-334-6000 for additional details.

Wong leaves biz editor post at Chicago Trib
Lorna Lim Wong has left her position as business editor at the Chicago Tribune . She has previously served as the associate business editor and news editor at the Tribune. No replacement has been named. To learn more, call 312-222-3232.

Rose joins Gizmodo
Brent Rose has joined Gizmodo as a junior reporter covering a variety of technology topics, including consumer electronics, outdoor gear and software. He can be followed on Twitter at @brentrose and Gizmodo at @Gizmodo. For further details, visit www.gizmodo.com.

Writer jumps from ReadWriteWeb to TechCrunch
Sarah Perez has joined the staff of TechCrunch as a writer covering mobile technology and startups. She had previously been a writer for ReadWriteWeb since February 2008 as well as a contributor to now-defunct Microsoft Channel 10 blog. TechCrunch can be followed on Twitter at @TechCrunch and Perez is available at @sarahintampa. For more information, visit  www.techcrunch.com.

Finley to land at SiliconAngle.com
Klint Finley will join SiliconAngle.com on Aug. 22 as a senior writer where he will cover software, software development, enterprise and services. Finley is also a blogger at Technoccult and previously wrote for ReadWriteWeb. Finley can be found on Twitter at @klintron. To learn more, visit: http://siliconangle.com.

Fitbie acquires online editor
Mary Squillace has joined Fitbie as an online editor. She had previously been a Web assistant for Time Out New York Kids since March 2010. Fitbie can be found on Twitter at @Fitbie and Squillace is available at @squillace. To learn more, visit http://fitbie.msn.com.

White exits Women’s Health
Managing editor Scott White is no longer with Women’s Health . Prior to being promoted to managing editor at the magazine in May 2010, he served as assistant managing editor since he joined the staff in September 2009. To learn more, call 610-967-5171.

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Media General, Inc. – Marianna, FL
Reporter position open at the Jackson County Floridan… beginning reporter at a weekly or a small daily looking to move on to a bigger challenge. The reporter is…

Media General, Inc. – Mechanicsville, VA
Full time reporter with report to the editor of Powhatan Today. Based in the Powhatan office. Required to… to directions from editor on deadline, assist in…

The Advertisor Democrat – Norway, ME
Ambitious, Hard-Working Reporter wanted to report and… Send cover letter, resume, clips to: A.M. Sheehan, Editor The Advertiser Democrat 1 Pikes Hill, Norway, ME…

Lee Enterprises – Schuyler, NE
Seeking a full time editor. The successful applicant… editor, reporter, photographer and supervisor of other editorial staff or correspondents. The editor…

Lee Enterprises – Muscatine, IA
Please send writing, photo and video work to Chris Steinbach, Editor for the Muscatine Journal via e-mail at chris.steinbach@muscatinejournal.com…

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Intel – Hillsboro, OR
Managing Editor/Reporter with strong editin g… covering the technology industry either as an editor or reporter who can turn copy quickly and cleanly in…

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CNN cancels Eliot Spitzer show
CNN/Cable News Network (@CNN ) pulled the plug on In the Arena , the ensemble format show hosted by Eliot Spitzer . Following its cancellation, several weekday programs will shift time slots beginning August 8: The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will run from 4pm to 6pm ET; John King, USA will air at 6pm ET; Erin Burnett ‘s yet-to-be-titled show will broadcast at 7pm ET; Anderson Cooper 360 (@ac360 ) will air at 8pm ET and rebroadcast at 10pm ET; and Piers Morgan Tonight ( @PiersTonight ) will broadcast at 9pm ET. To find out more, contact 404-827-1500.

HuffPo UK debuts
The Huffington Post launched an international edition of its news and current affairs website: The Huffington Post UK . Based in London, the outlet offers breaking news, blogging and media commentary of interest to UK readers. Topics discussed include politics, business, entertainment, sports, religion, food, health, literature and technology. The site is led by editor in chief Carla Buzasi . The Huffington Post UK is available on Twitter at @HuffPostUK. To find out more, contact +44 (207) 092 2000.

WaPo announces staff changes
The Washington Post ( @washingtonpost ) named Claudia Townsend editor for health, science and environment on the national desk. She most recently served as the director of newsroom operations and has been on staff since 1981. Also at the paper, Dan Balz (@danbalz) was promoted from chief political writer to chief correspondent. He has worked for the publication since 1978 and previously held positions such as national editor, political editor and Southwest correspondent. To learn more, contact 202-334-6000.

New hire at People Style Watch
People Style Watch brought on Christa Lee as an editorial assistant. She most recently worked as a freelance beauty assistant for Glamour. Lee’s hiring comes on the heels of other staff changes at the title, as previously reported by the Navigator. People Style Watch can be followed on Twitter at @StyleWatchMag. Contact 212-522-7700 for additional details.

The Advocate appoints exec editor
Diane Anderson-Minshall was named executive editor of The Advocate. She previously served as editor in chief of Curve. Other outlets she has contributed to include People, The New York Times, USA Today and E! Online. The Advocate is available on Twitter at @TheAdvocateMag . Contact 310-943-5858 to learn more.

Cohen lands at Conde Nast Traveler
Billie Cohen will start as website editor for Conde Nast Traveler on July 11. She recently left Time Out New York, where she was the deputy features editor. Prior to that, she was a contributing columnist for The New York Times. To learn more, call 212-286-2860.

Dow Jones editor moves to LA Times
Joe Bel Bruno will join the Los Angeles Times as financial markets editor on July 11. He will be based in New York bureau until August, when he will relocate to Los Angeles. Bel Bruno most recently served as a news editor for the U.S. stock market team at Dow Jones Newswires . He also previously worked for the Associated Press . The Los Angeles Times is available on Twitter at @latimes and Bel Bruno can be followed at @joebelbruno . Contact 212-448-2839 for further information.

Changes at WSJ
Bryan Gruley, Chicago bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, is set to leave the paper in early fall. He has been with the Journal since September 1995, working in both the Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices. He will be replaced by Jason Dean, current deputy bureau chief at the Beijing bureau. Additionally, North American mining, steel and aluminum reporter Robert Guy Matthews has left the paper. He reported from the Pittsburgh bureau. For more information, call 212-416-2000.

Tech correspondent returns to National Journal
National Journal welcomed back Sara Jerome as a staff correspondent covering technology policy. Most recently, she was a technology policy reporter at The Hill and blogged for Hillicon Valley. She served her first stint at National Journal as a reporter and wrote for the Tech Daily Dose blog. Jerome can be followed on Twitter at @sarmje. Contact 202-739-8400 for further information.

New publisher at Mashable
Sharon Feder has been promoted from managing editor to publisher at Mashable . While at the blog, she has also worked as a features editor and assistant editor. Follow Mashable on Twitter at @mashable and Feder at @sharonfeder . For further information, visit www.mashable.com.

Editor promoted at Health
Frances Largeman-Roth was upped to food and nutrition director at Health. She previously served as senior food and nutrition editor since February 2007. Prior to joining the publication in April 2004, she was the managing editor for FoodFit.com. Health is available on Twitter at @goodhealth and Largeman-Roth can be followed at @feedthebelly. Contact 212-522-9400 for additional details.

Stacey named deputy editor at Shape
Michelle Stacey has been named deputy editor at Shape. She was previously acting executive editor for Whole Living. Prior to that, she was deputy editor and editor at large for Cosmopolitan. Stacey replaces Janet Lee. Follow Stacey on Twitter at @MichelleStacey2 and Shape at @Shape_Magazine. To learn more, call 212-545-4800.

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Lee Enterprises – Coos Bay, OR
South Coast. We need a beat reporter to cover local… resume, work samples and a list of references to Editor Clark Walworth: cwalworth@theworldlink.com. We…

Media General, Inc. – Mechanicsville, VA
Full time reporter with report to the editor of Powhatan Today. Based in the Powhatan office. Required to… to directions from editor on deadline, assist in…

Brainerd Dispatch – Brainerd, MN
Is looking for a reporter/editor eager to enter the brave new news world. The Dispatch, a digital first newsroom, seeks a reporter/editor who has online…

Blank Slate Media LLC – NY
opportunity to use reporting tools of the 21st Century while working with editors with many years of weekly and daily newspaper experience. Health insurance…

The New York Times Company – LA
You can e-mail your resume and clips to karen.dauzat@houmatoday.com or mail them to Dee Dee Thurston, managing editor, P. O. Box 2717, Houma, La. 70361.

Navteq – Chicago, IL
The Traffic Editor is assigned to a Traffic.com Regional… of all data. The Editor routinely works with… .

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White House changes at CBS News
Chip Reid has moved off the White House beat at CBS Television Network for CBS News, where he was chief White House correspondent. He is now a national correspondent for the network and will continue to be based at the Washington, D.C. bureau. Reid is replaced by Norah O’Donnell who has been named chief White House correspondent and will begin her duties in July. She most recently served as chief Washington correspondent at MSNBC/Microsoft-NBC and contributed on Today since May 2005. O’Donnell can be followed on Twitter at @NorahODonnell. For further details, call the D.C. bureau at 202-457-4385.

Keith Olbermann hires producer
Jessica Rosgaard joined Countdown with Keith Olbermann as a producer. She previously served as a producer for Lou Dobbs Tonight, when it was broadcast on CNN/Cable News Network. The show debuts on June 20, as previously reported by the Navigator. Countdown with Keith Olbermann can be followed on Twitter at @countdownKO. For further information, contact 415-995-8200.

Sellers assumes Style at Wash Post
Former deputy national editor overseeing health, science and environment at The Washington Post, Frances Stead Sellers, has been named Style editor at the newspaper. A replacement for her previous position has not yet been named. She had been deputy national editor since 2009 and joined the newspaper in 1997. The Washington Post can be followed on Twitter at @washingtonpost. For further details, call 202-334-6000.

Departures brings on assistant editor
Candice Chan joined the staff of Departures magazine. She is an assistant editor for the publication. The luxury lifestyle title covers travel, art, culture and fashion for American Express Platinum Card holders. Departures is available on Twitter at @DeparturesMag. Contact 212-382-5600 to learn more.

AOL nabs VF Web editor
Michael Hogan (@m1keh0gan) will be leaving Vanity Fair (@VanityFair) on June 26 to join AOL Television (@aoltv) and Moviefone as editor in chief. He will also be joining The Huffington Post (@huffingtonpost) as executive features editor. Hogan is currently serving as Vanity Fair’s executive digital editor. To learn more call 212-652-6400.

Milliken jumps from coast to capital at Reuters
Mary Milliken, current West Coast bureau chief at Reuters, will begin serving as Washington, D.C. bureau chief at the end of September. She has been West Coast chief since 2006, and previously was a news editor and senior correspondent in South America. She also covered emerging markets in Southern Europe. For further details, call the Washington D.C. bureau at 202-898-8300.

New hire at TheStreet
TheStreet welcomed Chao Deng as a markets reporter. She previously was a reporter covering mergers and acquisitions and technology for the Financial TimesdealReporter. TheStreet can be found on Twitter at @TheStreet_News and Deng is available at @chao_deng. For additional details, contact 212-321-5000.

Whitehouse leaves WSJ for Bloomberg
Mark Whitehouse was named an editor for Bloomberg View, Bloomberg News’ recently launched opinion section. He previously was a senior economics correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. A replacement for him at the paper has not yet been named. Bloomberg News can be found on Twitter at @BloombergNews. For further information, contact 212-617-2300.

SF Chronicle appoints tech columnist
James Temple was named a technology columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. His column, Dot-commentary, runs Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and focuses on technology legal issues, public policy and innovation. He most recently served as a technology industry reporter since August 2009 and, prior to that, he covered commercial and residential real estate. Temple can be followed on Twitter at @jtemple. Contact 415-777-1111 to learn more.

Heussner joins Adweek
Ki Mae Heussner joined Adweek: The Voice of Media as a staff writer. She previously served as an online technology producer at ABC News for ABC Television Network. Adweek can be found on Twitter at @Adweek and Heussner is available at @kheussner. Contact 212-493-4100 for more information.

New editor in chief at Women’s Adventure Magazine
Rebecca Heaton has been named editor in chief at Women’s Adventure Magazine. She previously was executive editor of Competitor. She replaces Kristy Holland, who left. Heaton can be followed on Twitter at @activegoddess. For further details, call 303-443-9687.

Dow Jones loses healthcare reporter
Dinah Wisenberg Brin departed from her post as a healthcare industry reporter for Dow Jones Newswires. She covered topics such as insurance providers, hospitals, pharmacy benefit management and drug wholesalers. She was based in the news service’s Philadelphia bureau since 1998 and, prior to that, was a reporter for the Associated Press. Dow Jones Newswires can be followed on Twitter at @DowJonesCompany. To learn more, contact 215-656-8285.

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Weiner was a Rock Star – All that changed in a Flash, literally

Editors Note By Albert N. Milliron

Congressman Anthony Weiner was a Democratic rock star not unlike the Young Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.  He was sure to be a shoe in for Mayor of New York City and even had some folks looking at him as a Democratic version of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

All that changed in a Flash, literally a flash of a camera that posted a view for all to see of a portion of a Congressman most are not interested in seeing.

Weiner had a way with making proposed government cuts by Republicans look comical and ineffectual.  He often took to the floor and made fun of the GOP attempts to kill NPR’s Car Talk or sacrificing Big Bird.  He was fun to watch, even if you sat on the other side of the issues.

Maybe that is the reason right-wing blogs and commentators took so much joy watching him come down as news of his Twitter Sexting, phone sex, and chatting up a porn star came to light over the weekend.

Having a last name like ‘Weiner’ where the best fun off all, as those of us liked to use word play had a field day.  Political Pundits became political punsters and the hits just kept on coming.

But when it was all over, and the fun turned into the realization that Weiner is a Congressman representing the people of New York. It became clear that he is just another politician to add to the list, both Democrat and Republican, that have failed the American people in fixing the problems that are the most important to Americans  in 2011:  The Economy, Jobs, the National Debt, failing Infrastructure, the role of Government, Education, Taxes, Entitlement programs and National Defense.

While Weiner was Sexting, Our Government is failing.  But what we did for a weekend was focus on the failing of a Congressman.  Maybe Weiner helped us in a way, like going to a movie when the world is falling apart outside the theater.

For whatever reason, it is time to return to what is important.  Whether Anthony Weiner should resign is not the question the Collective should be asking, that is for the people in the Ethics committee and the people in his district in New York. What we should be looking for is answers on our growing national debt, unemployment, etc.

I am reminded that all of us have personal failings, and it is always easier to point at the failings of others, but when it is all said and done, we must all look in the mirror and account for our own missteps.

It is time to get back on the road that leads to the recovery of America.  It is easy to focus on Congressman Weiner, but by doing so like peering through a pair of Binoculars, it defocuses on other things, things we need to be focused on like a laser beam.  That area of focus should be the 2012 Election.

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Memorial Day Open Thread – All Gave some, Some Gave All

We wish all a reflective Memorial Day

Memorial Day Open Thread – All Gave some, Some Gave All

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