Free Web Tools Presented To Journalists At SPJ Conference

I had a great opportunity to present free web tools at the Society of Professional Journalists Conference in Fort Worth over the weekend. Along with news reporters, Rebecca Aguilar and Kent Chapline, we were able to successfully present very functional mobile and web tools that can be downloaded for free.These tools can be utilized in both iPhones and all Android phones as well as from computers.

News can come at any moment and I believe that these tools will help reporters, photographers and journalists capture the moment, publish it and share it with the public because of the new media we have today. I’m not a journalist myself but I know the importance of today’s media platforms and the content that can produced and shared whether it be text, video, audio or images.

News events can take on any form at any time and nowadays and you don’t have time to put together a news crew or setup broadcast equipment. Technology has improved enough where a smartphone with selective apps is all that you need to cover a hot story. Some say that the journalism industry is dying but I think that it was late in the game when it came to adopting to emerging media, but there’s still time to adapt and utilize these tools for a tech savvy society. A journalist’s experience in collecting information and disseminating it is still valuable because storytelling is vital whether your’e in journalism, public relations or photography. One needs to embrace the value of social networking and mobile technology that will successfully produce the information for the public.

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I 'mFrankie De Sotoand I was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I graduated at the top of my class from the University of North Texas with a BA in Art and 2 minors in Marketing and Radio, Television, and Film. I have been doing graphic design for the past couple of years creating graphics for advertising, signs, brochures , and flyers but I decided to return to school to expand my knowledge into more new media applications such as web design, human /computer interaction, Flash animation and marketing communications. I graduated with an MFA in Arts & Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. My current studies are focusing on social media and marketing communications which in part encouraged me to begin this blog as well as my love for Hispanic culture and online media practices.
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