iPhoneography: The future for community newspapers?

ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME knows I’m a big fan of Apple products. During a recent visit with a client in San Francisco, I took an hour out one evening to visit the flagship Apple store there. I later joked with my older daughter (also an Apple fan) that they threw me out of the store…for excessive drooling.

So I’ve read with interest recent suggestions on the internet that newspapers should look into providing staffers with the iPhone 3Gs. That model is now free with an AT&T contract.

Among the advantages of a reporter/photographer having an iPhone 3Gs:

1. A 5 megapixel camera.

2. A video camera.

3. All pix and vids can be immediately uploaded to your office.

4. It can be used to transmit a screen shot of a map from the location of a breaking story.

5. It is a phone and it can be used to keep in touch with the office—or make calls to sources.

So, the idea is intriguing.

A recent conference in San Francisco (where else?) was devoted to a new skill: iPhoneography.

From the report:

“The iPhone (only one of many camera-equipped phones) was the clear winner of the day—most 1197 speakers and attendees owned iPhones, and admitted that it is their most frequently used camera. In fact, when one speaker asked the crowd who didn’t use an iPhone for mobile photography, less than half a dozen hands went up.

Attendee Cheri Fulk, who received her degree in photography, says she usually carries around her iPhone and another camera, yet still takes more pictures with the former. ‘I like the immediacy and flexibility of [the iPhone],’ she said.”

Is iPhoneography the future for community newspapers? Can’t say for sure…but it may be the present.

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