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[liberationtech] Tools for journalists

Martyn Williams martyn at
Tue Jan 31 08:22:03 PST 2012


Can you clarify a little?

Journalists generally don't distribute or disseminate content to their
audience from their mobile phones. They would send it to their
organization, which would be in charge of editorial control.

An exception would be their personal Twitter accounts. Then it's usually
down to whichever app they prefer.

Blackberry phones have been popular with many journalists for some time,
especially at the larger organizations, although many corporate IT
departments now support iPhone and Android.

As for the actual handset, just about all my colleagues carry personal
cell phones. Some will also have a second work phone, which might be
better locked down. That's really down to the organization and bureau.

I think email and voice remain the number way that most journalists
communicate while in the field. As for the networks, it's usually
cellular or, in hot spots, satellite phones.

I'm not sure this answers your question...


On 01/31/2012 07:06 AM, Christian Payne wrote:
> I'm interested in knowing if there are any mobile tools used by journalists that aren't corporately owned and offer encrypted services?
> I'm particularly interested in any mobile apps capable of using decentralised or distributed networks to enable the sharing and dissemination of multimedia.
> Cheers.
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Martyn Williams
2012 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow
Stanford University
Cell: 650-391-4868

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