☀☀☀☀ Anews is a news app broken up into categories. You pick the subject matter you want to follow and stories pop into your feed. The app gets good user reviews; as of this writing, it was ranked in Russia by SimilarWeb but not in the United States. News apps help journalists stay up to date, and there is a variety to choose from. Anews is available free for mobile devices running Android or iOS. Julia Bashaw


☀☀☀ Being a journalist just got easier. Using IBM technology, the free app Anchor takes the hassle out of interviews. The app, available on the App Store and Google Play, just released a feature to record, publish, and transcribe phone interviews, all from within the app. The Verge tested this new feature. The app also encompasses podcasts of all kinds, separated down into bite-sized chunks for quick listening. With some fine-tuning, this app could prove beneficial for journalists. — Cole Feinbloom


☀☀ Expeditions is a free virtual reality tour app that gets good reviews for classroom use. Logging on by yourself isn’t beneficial unless others are leading tours within your wifi area. For journalists though, it could be beneficial if they were involved in an organized educational event that was planned. Julia Bashaw


☀☀☀☀ Habitica is a productivity and habit-building app with a fun role-playing twist. Similar to Evernote, Habitica helps users organize their busy lives. Even better, users can turn their real lives into games. Create your own character. Complete tasks in real life to level-up. Tasks can be one-time or habit-changing; you choose. Habitica is most useful for people (like myself) who thrive off of reward-motivation. It has helped me keep on top of deadlines as a journalism student and even got me to start exercising!  — Cat Supawit

Speak & Translate

☀☀☀ If Google Translate had a simpler, better-looking sibling, Speak & Translate would be it. With intuitive, polished design, Speak & Translate uses Apple’s voice recognition software to quickly translate voice or text into 100+ languages. However, like any translation software, it is not perfect. If you’re looking to translate more than a simple conversation, this might not be the app for you. Additionally, ads are constantly popping up in the free version and it only allows a handful of translations a day before asking you to buy the upgrade for $15.Cat Supawit


☀☀ Pushbullet bills itself as a way to share links and files between different devices, but its design more closely resembles messenger apps such as Skype chat or Line. There’s a limited selection of third party “channels” that send you notifications about things such as Google acquisitions. Alternatives such as Pocket and Google Drive are much better at saving content. — Chris McCrory


☀☀ Need a bathroom break? SitOrSquat is a restroom finder that promises to show journalists (or anyone in a hurry) the location of nearby public restrooms. You can give feedback on local bathroom quality by logging in and choosing Sit (good quality) or Squat (could be better). As an idea, it makes sense, but the last update was in December 2014.  I found the free Flush app does a better job, and is updated more regularly. SitOrSquat listed only a handful of restrooms around the Cronkite school. Flush displayed many, and allowed for more in-depth user response. — Hailey Koebrick


☀☀☀☀☀ Spot is Google Maps meets social media. This app allows users to create their own profiles and mark favorite restaurants, parks or other locations. These “spots” can be sent (with photos) to friends. Other users can follow you, like or comment on your spots. What’s more: the app tracks a user’s location and suggests popular spots. There is even a global discover page that details spots from around the world. Journalists could use Spot to show where they find news and share that, AP-style. —Kyle Dowd

Veracity – Reverse Image Search

☀☀☀☀ Veracity-Reverse Image Search requires three straightforward steps: download, upload, search. The tool was published by Dimitris Roilidis (2014) and is constantly updated for accuracy. This free app allows users to discover a photo’s meaning and background. An upload will list the sites a photo is found on, presenting journalists with a quick way to verify information on the go. Each search takes a maximum of five seconds. No matter where or when, upload any camera roll or Dropbox photo and investigate. — Emily Taylor



☀☀☀  Buffer is basically a social media organizer app. It allows you to manage accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus all from one app. It allows you to schedule when you would like your post to be made. This is something that could come in handy for busy journalists who want to have their stories out there ASAP but may not be near their phones all the time. Another fantastic feature about this app is the analytics feature it provides that show what posts were best received by your audience.  — Alexis Berdine