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Documenting and sharing the happenings of an event or
fundraiser can be tricky if you're responsible for organizing it as well.
Thankfully, with the power of mobile apps, you can be a photographer,
videographer, social media promoter, and a
liveblogger for your events. To kick off TechSoup's
2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge, we have compiled apps to help you showcase
your organization in action.
Also, make sure to follow TechSoup's Online Community
Coordinator, Alexandra Bezdikian, as she tests the digital
storytelling tools of the trade. She'll be reporting on a few of the apps
listed here, as well other storytelling platforms.
CoverItLive is the
go-to liveblogging tool for journalists all over the world. Nonprofits can also
benefit from this easy-to-use program. You can give real-time updates from
fundraisers or liveblog featured speakers at events from your laptop or mobile
device. CoverItLive is a bit more costly than other programs in this list so
make sure that your organization will get a lot of use from it. MediaBistro compiled some free
alternatives to CoverItLive in this blog post.
One of the easiest (and free!) ways to cover an event is by livetweeting
through Twitter. You can set up a
hashtag for your event or use pre-established hashtag. Additionally, make sure
to get the Twitter handles of any speakers or participants at the event. Click
here for a list of our favorite social
media management apps. After the event, Scoop
It (Android, iOS) is a useful tool for compiling press coverage, photos, social
media, and more into one, slick-looking page.
Instagram (Android, iOS)
is the ultimate social photo-sharing platform. You can add filters and effects
to your photos and share them with Twitter or Facebook. Like Twitter, you can
set up a hashtag for your event and tag your photos with it. You can even set
up an Instagram
printer at your event. If your organization uses Flickr (Android, iOS,
Windows Phone) to manage photos, the mobile app is a must-have companion. It
not only helps you keep your photos organized, but you can also use it to
upload and edit photos.
To edit your
photos on the fly, check out Adobe Photoshop
Express (Android, iOS). You can also create and share layered images with
the touch of your hand.
Turn your photos into word collages with Wordfoto (iOS). This app lets you turn any photograph into a mosaic made up of your chosen words. The
result is a one-of-a-kind image that you can share on your website or through
social media post-event. There are a number of apps that let you build
and share photo collages after a fundraiser or event. Layout (iOS),
Pic Collage (Android, iOS), Diptic (iOS), and PhotoGrid
(Android, iOS) are some of our favorites.
Pictures might be worth a thousand words, but video can show
your organization in action. Out of all
of the video apps listed here, Vyclone (iOS) might
be the best for covering an event. You can mix film taken on your iPhone with footage taken by other people
filming the same events.
Vine (iOS) (Note: Vine has a
17+ rating on iTunes) is one of the latest social video apps to emerge. The app
allows you record 6-second stop-motion videos with your phone's camera and then
share them with Facebook or Twitter. The finished result is an impressive,
looping video that can impress and inspire your audience. Cinemagram (iOS) is essentially the Instagram
for video. Like Vine, you can create
short and beautiful videos, but you can also apply filters and effects. You can
also create hybrids between photos and videos. If you need to record a longer video, the YouTube app is an old standby
for uploading and sharing video. Some phones even let you upload to YouTube directly
from your video gallery.
Do you use
your smartphone to capture and share your events? Tell us how and what apps you
use in the comments.
Image: Man with smartphone, Shutterstock
As the photographer, videographer and storyteller of our organization reading this post opened my mind to options that I never considered. The ability to share our story would be right in the palm of my hands. Thank you, Ginny, for this much needed info.