An easy way to manage business cards

CamCard allows users to photograph a business card and upload the information directly to their contacts list.

CamCard is application that allows people to take a photo of a person’s business card and directly upload their information to your phone’s contact list. The free application, available on Apple and Android devices, divides the information into categories within the contact folder. The app allows users to share business cards by sending them internally through the application. Additional information can be added or taken out before the contact information is created. Processing time is minimal and is extremely easy to use.  — Jake Santo 

A quick but basic way to edit photos on your phone

Picsart allows basic photo editing on your phone.

PicsArt is an app similar to Adobe Photoshop. There are great features but the app has somewhat limited functions. It is a useful resource for journalists because it allows for them to edit photos in a pinch and on the go. That access is great for when you have a deadline and you may need to color correct a photo. Available for free on Apple and Androids. — Daria Jenkins

This app will track how much time you spend on social media — you might not want to know

RealizD tracks your social media time. 

RealizD tracks how much time you spend on each social media app on your phone. It helps visualize your daily screen time, while also helping set goals for how much time you want to spend on social media, games, etc. The app also shows how much data is used on what apps at one time. With such hectic schedules and deadlines, journalists need to be great at time management, so this app helps keep us accountable. Available on Apple and Android. — Daria Jenkins 

Take notes and record at the same time

SuperNote allows the user to take notes and record simultaneously.

SuperNote, available for the iPhone and Android, allows users to take notes while simultaneously recording. The free app allows one picture per note, but the upgraded version allows multiple photos per memo. The app, which is rated 4.5 stars on iTunes, is effective, however the same thing could be done using the ‘Notes’ and ‘Recorder’ app on a smartphone. Although the app works well, it is not anything special. — Kayla Satterfield

Tweetstorm app could be good, but….

Storm It is a tweetstorm app that allows users to type multiple tweets before pressing a single button to tweet them simultaneously. This app could be useful to journalists who want more characters or who need to tweet in threads. It also makes it easier to compose, manage, save and preview multiple tweets at a time so that the journalists’ information is better organized. Despite several good reviews, the app does not have many functions, and some do not work or are glitchy. Available on Itunes and Google Play. — Jessica Ferrigno

Innovation and Fake News

Addressing the centuries-old problem of fake news requires innovative approaches. Technologists, journalists, educators, researchers and others have a role. Everything from “correction bots” to greater journalism transparency to a high school “news literacy” requirement was discussed in 2017 at a “news literacy working group” meeting co-hosted by Facebook and the Cronkite School. What follows is Cronkite School Innovation Chief Eric Newton’s initial report on the issue and some of the ideas from the session.  In 2018, ASU is working on the issues through a startup project called the News Co/Lab.

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Lightroom offers professional-grade editing

Lightroom CC allows iPhone and Android users to edit their photos at a professional level. The free version of the Adobe app allows you to easily navigate to change the color, brightness and even the saturation of your photos, along with a lot more. The app also offers presets to give your photos a theme to start out with. The upgraded features, for $4.99 a month allow you to selectively edit parts of your photos.  Lightroom CC is great for journalists who may not have access to a high-quality camera to make their photos look clean and professional.  — Kayla Satterfield


Snapseed photo app releases new update

Snapseed allows photo editing for the web, social media.

Snapseed is designed to help journalists and others reframe photos and add filters to enhance them for publication on the web, social media and elsewhere. Snapseed just released a new update with new presets and perspective tools to adjust skewed lines. It offers easy to use pro-level tools. Users can also add text and frames which distinguishes it from other photo editing apps. Journalists will also find it helpful that it can handle JPEGs and DNGs. It is a useful app if a journalist is on the move and does not have time to use photoshop on a computer. Available on Apple and Android.  — Jessica Ferrigno



Foreceipt: A better way to keep track of expenses

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Foreceipt allows journalists and anyone else who travels for work to create detailed expense reports by taking photos of receipts. It allows options to edit the information for various business needs, which may be particularly useful for freelancers. The app links your Google Drive account and sends copies of your receipts into Foreceipt folder in your account. This free application is available on Apple’s App Store with a current 4.4 rating. The only drawback is you have to allow access to your Google Account for the application to work properly. — Jacob Santo

Keep up on news and events with Banjo


The Banjo app allows you to see what’s going on in the places you care about keeps you up to date on current events by showing trending events, sports, music, and other happenings in the places you care about. You can sign in through other social media accounts and connect to multiple sites to find events and stories nearby. When I tried it out, it showed me concerts here in Phoenix as well as a shooting that happened back in my hometown. The app is great for the modern journalist because it keeps them informed on what people are interested in in their area and across the U.S.  Available for Apple and Androids

— Daria Jenkins