SPJ National Convention: News Gear

Note: This is part of a series of updates from various seminars at the SPJ National Convention, which the SPJ DePaul executive board attended in early October.

Western Kentucky professor Kerry Northrup focused on some of the latest technologies and how journalists are using them at his “New Gear” presentation at the SPJ National Convention.

Northrup focused on the iPad and its strengths and limitations. He talked about its mobility and helpful applications, but mentioned the lack of a built-in camera and need for adapters (Apple Connection Kit for around $40) to import video and photos as weaknesses.

For the past 12 years, Northrup has developed a NewsGear kit that recommends several of the best technologies for backpack reporting. I agree with some (the iPad and the Sony NEX-VG10 HD video camera), I disagree with others (Nokia N8 smart phone over the iPhone 4).

Visit his site NewsGear.info and decide for yourself. — Mike Reilley