What are the best apps for journalists?

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    #1Microsoft OneDrive

    Microsoft OneDrive
    Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service where you easily store, share and backup your files such as documents, photos, and other files from anywhere, on any device or computer. 
    Software

    Web, Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Anthony Gibson
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "OneDrive is a great cloud system for backing up your files. Upload them to the OneDrive app and you can access them from anywhere with any device as long as you have an internet connection. You won't have to worry about data loss either. This is highly recommended for valuable data."
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    #2Byword

    Byword
    Byword is a markdown app for writing in plain text efficiently. This will help you to avoid distractions and focus on writing while syncing your texts in iCloud and Dropbox to access them wherever you may be. 
    Apps

    Mac, iOS

    $10.99- with in-app purchases

    Ai Gong
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "I was looking for an application that would help me with my journalism work, but Byword does not have the features I need. While Byword could be capable of helping writers, it does not have any additional features that meet my needs as a journalist. "
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    #3iA Writer

    iA Writer

    iA Writer is a plain text editor that supports Markdown, and provides a clean space for the creator's mind. The main goal for the app is allowing the user to focus on the text, with no distractions.  

    Apps

    Android, Mac, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Stephen Garrett
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "Smartphones aren't the best tools for writing text, but this app helps quite a bit. It's even used by professional writers. The ability to focus on one sentence at a time allows one to concentrate and produce better work. The filing system is a handy way to keep one's notes in order. "
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    #4Voddio

    Voddio

    Voddio is an audio and video editing app specially designed for journalists and storytellers. You can send media files from your device to a variety of destinations, like websites or media company ingress systems.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Zachary Duncan
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "What makes this app better than just opening your phone and taking a video and then cropping it, is that its a professional video editor. It separates the audio and the video and allows you to edit everything separately. Once you are done with your on-the-go reporting, you can export and then send the link to anyone for download. That is extremely useful when it comes to sharing as you dont have to send the file itself to each recipient. "
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    #5Voice Recorder & Audio Editor

    Voice Recorder & Audio Editor

    Voice Recorder & Audio Editor is a free app for iPhone and iPad that offers unlimited recordings, text notes attached to the record, cloud support and some advanced features. It also transcribe recordings into text (in-app purchase).

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Stephanie Reyes
    Written on July 27, 2018
    "When you're a journalist, you can't always have a tape recorder with you. That's why I like this app so much. It's on my phone, so I can just whip it out whenever I need it. The sound quality is pretty ok, although you might need to point the phone at the other person for maximum quality. I also like how the app organizes my files."
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    #6Smart Voice Recorder

    Smart Voice Recorder
    Smart Voice Recorder is an app helps you to recorder long conversations or declarations developed by SmartMob. The app works in the background and it can record up to 2 GB per file limit. 
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Kathy Kim
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "It seems to be a very well put together application for live sound recording, and it seems very easy to export out of the application to share via things like dropbox, whatsapp and email. It can record when the screen is locked and display is off which is handy for not draining the battery. "
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    #7KineMaster

    KineMaster

    KineMaster is a professional video editor for your devices. You can apply color LUT filters, add effects, and transitions. The video editing app for Android and iOS supports several layers of video, images, and text. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Paul Medina
    Written on July 18, 2018
    "This used to be a pretty decent app, and worth paying for the upgrade. However, the most recent update drastically lowered the output quality. I'm hoping this is just a bug for this release, because the output file is so poor quality that I'd need to consider another app if this isn't fixed."
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    #8Magisto

    Magisto

    Magisto is a smart video editor application which has the capability to make professional looking videos. This app is recommended for people who do not have any prior formal video editing skills. It is available for iOS and Android devices.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Stephanie Oliver
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "This is a great way to make professional looking movies and videos. The way technology is constantly improving, keep up with video marketing is an important tool and concept to have. I think Magisto is easy to use and will make your videos look professional for your business."
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    #9Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Moisés Valdez
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Dropbox is a great app for pretty much anybody who needs to share files with other people. The sharing functionality is great for a journalists who might need to pass a document off to an editor without having multiple copies of it around everywhere."
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    #10Cameo

    Cameo
    Cameo is a video editor that lets you combine clips from your Camera Roll to edit, trim and splice. It's easy to use and it allows you to create professional looking videos with high quality filters, themes and the soundtrack you choose.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Walter Moore
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "This is a pretty good video editing app that you could use as a journalists. But i could see a more inclusive app being more useful."
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    #11Evernote

    Evernote

    Evernote is an app that allows users to create all kinds of notes and keep all their ideas organized and collected in the same spot. The app also offers a lot of tools to share ideas and even create agendas for their teammates.   

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Frank Jenkins
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "Evernote is good way to stay organized, as it provides high-quality diagramming features. I also appreciate that it has multiple levels or tiers of pricing - the free version does not really feel gimped or limited at all. There's really no downside to at least trying it. I don't know if I'd use it to take notes on everything, but it would be suitable for certain kinds of note-taking, for sure."
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    #12Happy Scribe

    Happy Scribe

    Happy Scribe is an online tool which will help you transcribe your audio or video files in just a few minutes using a voice recognition technology. The transcription can be accessed and edited with its Interactive Editor.

    Online Tools

    Varies by plan

    Gwendolyn DeSilva
    Written on March 14, 2019
    "It translates audio to text or video to text in a matter of minutes, reducing the need for manual transcription. It speeds up turn around time immensely."
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    #13Blackboxai.tech

    Blackboxai.tech

    Blackboxai.tech is a note-taking tool that provides transcriptions of meetings, speeches, news conference, and interviews. It allows users to search for files using any keyword, and it plays back the instance where the message is mentioned.

    Websites

    $8- Varies by plan

    R Rizk
    Written on September 26, 2018
    "Hi Everyone, here's a video of Blackbox the mobile application that is transcribing instantly the State of the Union Address of the Former President Obama, and making voice searchable. Sign Ups are open from the website for early access at $8/Month unlimited transcripts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwemmCZ3pUc"

Summary

Best What are the best apps for journalists
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Microsoft OneDrive Software 26 Free
2BywordApps 22 Paid
3iA WriterApps 18 Free
4VoddioApps 17 Free
5Voice Recorder & Audio EditorApps 15 Free
6Smart Voice RecorderApps 12 Free
7KineMasterApps 10 Free
8MagistoApps 9 Free
9DropboxApps 8 Free
10CameoApps 7 Free
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