Apps for the student journalist: Evernote

What: Evernote

Platform: Desktop, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, WebOS
Cost: Free (with an upgradable premium version for $4.99/month or $44.99 annually)

Evernote is a great app for journalists to use for gathering and organizing information. You can type notes, save photos and gather audio all within the app. In addition, it allows you to work on your mobile device or desktop computer and access all your information no matter where you are. While the app could be used in a variety of ways, here are the ways I think student journalists could get some use out of it:

  • Have interview questions stored on Evernote so you don’t have to flip back and forth when taking notes.
  • Take notes at events and save photos from the event within Evernote to help you with your reporting.
  • Use the audio capture feature to record an interview with a source (or even multiple sources at different times) and save it within your notes from the event.

You can easily search through your notes to find what you’re looking for and you can even share your notes with others if you are collaborating on a project.

 

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 20th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook “Student Journalism and Media Literacy.” You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He’s a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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