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Citizen Journalism

by Anne Middleton, on June 17th, 2015

If you have a passion for the truth, you may be a potential citizen journalist.  The concept of citizen journalism has taken off in recent years, and is deeply tethered to the advances in mobile technology.  Citizen journalism is the idea that people without professional journalism training can use modern technology to create, augment or fact-check media, be it a local PTA meeting or a national disaster or any other issue important to you.  If you are interested in citizen journalism, we have tools to recommend for your sleuthing efforts.

First of all, as a citizen journalist, you need to be quick on your feet, street-smart and have a reliable mobile device.  Look to T-Mobile to outfit you with the latest Android devices.  There’s not a Starbucks on every corner, so if you need to pound out a slug line fast and lack an internet connection, you can use your Android phone as a modem using the PdaNet.  Need to retrace a chase you witnessed?  The My Tracks app for droids helps you to retrace your steps.  With free shipping on all orders of $25 or more, you’ll be off to a great start as a citizen journalist. 

Another Android app, Flix Wagon, lets you broadcast live video online, and you can also choose to email or SMS the video to a private group too.  Need to keep a pulse on the coverage of an incident to fact-check it?  Install Google Reader to monitor RSS feeds.  Verizon has great data plans, stellar service and the reliability of the Verizon network.  With $50 off and free shipping on select phones and devices, you can be sure that once you get the scoop, you’ll have a reliable carrier to spread the news.

Truth sleuths are in good hands with T-Mobile and Verizon.  If you’ve ever wanted to explore being a citizen journalist, the variety of apps and tools available continue to expand and improve.  Our promo codes will be there to help you save while you pursue your passion for the truth.