Demotix is thrilled to announce the release of our new app for iPhone!
Speed is everything. The app, now available in the App Store, allows reporters to upload news directly from their phone as the story breaks around them.
Screenshots from the app: left, the main menu; right, captioning a photo
While a lot of reporters currently upload breaking news from Wi-Fi hotspots and internet cafes near where they're shooting, the app will now let them cover the basics quickly using their phone's 3G connection and follow up later with a more detailed story and professional-quality images from their main camera.
It also provides a less conspicuous way for reporters to report news from places where being seen with a camera might draw unwanted attention.
Many of the images we distributed in 2011 (check out the Guardian’s coverage) were taken on cameraphones. The fact that the Syrian regime recently banned the iPhone demonstrates what a valuable tool the camera phone can be for front-line journalism.
The app also ties into our plans for the future; we're planning on making geolocation more important to the way we report and display the news we pull in from all over the world. That's why we're expanding our tech team with some new hires with experience in mobile development. Next step? - We're already thinking about how to build a great portfolio app to let our reporters show off their work on the go... ;)