"Smart Phone, Smart Journalism"
Friday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On campus at UT Austin
- Learn how to make the most of the handiest reporting tool around – your smart phone!
- Find out about smart phone apps every journalist must have
- Get tips and advice from the pros
Meet the Speakers
Registration is free to TPA members through a Texas Press Association grant. Registration is limited to 16 participants, so sign up ASAP! Contact
to register. Lunch will be provided.
With more than 17 years in television news, Kate Dawson has worked as a field producer, line producer, and writer at WCBS in New York, ABC News Network Radio and the Fox Channel in New York and San Francisco.
Christian McDonald is the Online Projects and Data Editor for the Austin American-Statesman. He's been with Cox Media Group since 1990 and in Austin since 1999, mostly managing or developing their online sites. He is a graduate of the University of Texas.
Robert Quigley, a senior lecturer at the Journalism School at the University of Texas at Austin, focuses on new media and social media. He is a 16-year veteran of the print journalism industry. In the last few years of his newspaper career, he helped the Austin American-Statesman reach national prominence with its use of new media and social media.
Wanda Garner Cash
Wanda Garner Cash is associate director at UT’s School of Journalism, where she led the reform effort that will introduce a new reporting curriculum in Fall 2012 that emphasizes storytelling across multimedia platforms.
Smart phones and social media
Reporters and editors no longer need the megaphone of the publication or TV broadcast to get the word out about a news event or to get feedback from their community.
Armed with a smart phone, journalists can have on-the-spot conversations with newsmakers and the audience, gather location-specific data and become a one-person news wire.
Savvy journalists can also tap into the experiences of the community, who are often the first at a news scene with their own smart phones, to build a more complete story.
This session will explore the latest mobile apps that every journalist should have on his or her phone, the techniques for spreading information and for telling better stories.
Led by Robert Quigley, a senior lecturer for the UT School of Journalism and Christian McDonald, the online projects and data editor at the Austin American-Statesman.
Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Enjoy a catered lunch without leaving the classroom so you can visit with instructors.
Using smart phones to put video on your website
Journalists can Tweet their story teases on various social media platforms using easy-to-find and free apps. Text their assignment back to the office during sensitive courtroom cases or sporting events. Shoot and upload video or photos directly to their publication’s website.
Learn the technical aspects and the tricks of the trade. Learn about inexpensive accessories and the best new apps.
Led by Kate Dawson, senior lecturer at the School of Journalism