☀☀☀ Firechat is a convenient app that can be used anywhere, with or without internet. You can communicate publicly or privately with other users on this app. It essentially is just a chat room app but the more you use it and more people you meet, the larger your network will become. Although this app may be suitable for chatroom users, I do not see much use for it in the journalism industry. —Alexis Berdine

☀☀☀ FireChat app promises free instant messaging to anyone nearby who is also using the app. It doesn’t require an internet connection or cell phone service. The app creates what is called a “mesh network” directly connecting one smart phone to another. If enough people were using it, during a disaster a journalist could communicate across the mesh network with others even if the internet and phone services were not working. —Group effort

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