11 Best tablet apps for writers and journalists

by Doug Drinkwater

February 18 2012

Journalists are increasingly looking for ways to be more efficient and more reliable in researching, reporting, and filing stories. TabTimes looked at the 12 most important tablet apps for the profession.

Links & Apps

  • 1 iJournalist Pro
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    iJournalist Pro

    At $94.99, iJournalist Pro is very expensive, but it's valuable because it allows reporters to automatically file over-the-air stories directly from their tablet or phone. Journalists can write their own scripts and even add comments for the news reader in the studio. The .WAV audio format ensures compatibility with news room software and services.

  • 2 iTeleport for iPad
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    iTeleport for iPad

    A great little app for unearthing that story you stored on your home PC, iTeleport will dip into your PC using an Internet connection, including 3G. A handy tool for a crisis.

  • 3 Evernote
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    While not specifically aimed at note-taking journalists, there is no doubting that Evernote is a fantastic tool for both journalists and PR folk. The ability to piece together, and store, an article for continuation on any internet-connected device is priceless, while the integration with some news sites and news aggregation apps makes it easy to pick up on third-party stories.

  • 4 Dropbox
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    Like Evernote, Dropbox has not been marketed towards journalists, but is a brilliant modern-day editorial server. The ability to add and organize folders is superb, and is especially handy for freelancers and teams working on various projects.

  • 5 Wi-Fi Finder
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    It’s a fairly basic app in appearance and functionality, but Wi-Fi Finder is a great little tool. The app offers a quick and easy way to find your nearest WiFi hotspot (both paid and free), allowing you to hotfoot there and get your work up online.

  • 6 Dragon Dictation
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    Dragon Dictation

    Surprisingly great for dictating notes, whether that be for reminders, fully-fledged interviews or for piecing together your prose using just your voice. The dictation is not always 100% correct, but you’ll get the gist of what you’ve dictated. Integration features for email, Facebook, and Twitter make life a lot easier.

  • 7 Tweetdeck
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    Looking to break your story live via Twitter or Facebook? Tweetdeck is the best way to go, allowing budding journalists to push their exclusive news to their company and personal Twitter accounts, as well as Facebook.

  • 8 Webster’s New World Dictionary
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    Webster’s New World Dictionary

    It may be expensive at $15.99, but it’s the official dictionary of the Associated Press and has over 163,000 entries. Allows journalists to look up words quickly, bookmark words for future learning, and works offline. Law and medical versions are available for Android.

  • 9 WriteRoom
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    An affordable app with an array of features, WriteRoom lets journalists write articles, create and organize folders, and sync work with Dropbox. The app has a simple word counter, lets user jump letters or words in one fell swoop, and search for word definitions.

  • 10 WordPress
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    It’s a little limited in what it offers, but WordPress is a fine app for updating your (or your company’s) blog on the iPad or iPhone. If you're a blogger, chances are you're already using the platform.

  • 11 CoverItLive
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    Used by the likes of Sky, Fox and the Washington Post, CoverItLove enables journalists to publish live commentary, photos, audio and video in real-time when at an event, as well as approve comments and post and manage Tweets.


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  • agencius
    2 years 4 months ago

    This article is awesome, iJournalist Pro, iTeleport for iPad, Evernote, Dropbox, Wi-Fi Finder, Dragon Dictation, Tweetdeck, Webster's New World Dictionary, Writeroom, Wordpress and CoverItLive all cool ones to read about here of course.

    App's for the journalist on iPad do parallel the legal world, so some of these overlap with that article in purpose. But should be considered as well for the serious writer:


    Note Taker HD ($4.99) – one of several note-taking / handwriting apps we featured.

    Voice Brief ($1.99) – reads aloud your calendar, weather, Twitter feeds, as well as your e-mail with an in-app purchase.

    Cymbol ($1.99) – you can type a section symbol (§) on the iPad by tapping and holding the ampersand on the symbol keyboard. Then someone asked if there was a paragraph symbol (pilcrow ¶) and I couldn’t find one! Thankfully, I was able to find the Cymbol app that not only gives me a paragraph symbol, but also daggers (†) and double-daggers (‡) along with a whole set of subscripts and superscripts. You still have to type what you need in Cymbol and copy & paste to your other app, but hey, it’s great to have access to so many symbols on the iPad!

    DocScanner ($3.99) – I included this document scanning app for the iPhone because you have the option of performing OCR on the image of the document. It’s not perfect, but it’s great to have access to this option when you need it.

    Note, a journalist needs to be able to report first, but at times, you can just use a scanner app such as DocScanner if a neanderthal style press release gets handed to you in the front of your iPad with the intention to clip out a paragraph or two for quicker citations.

    You can mark it up with Cymbol, or if you wish to review the flow of the words via sound, use the voice playback ability before sending to it the editors desk.

    All in all, lots of great ideas in these tablet apps.

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