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The iPhone "revolution"

Parade of SmartphonesImage by B.K. Dewey via FlickrMark Luckie recently wrote about how the iPhone will revolutionize journalism. You may remember our coverage of Abilene Christian University’s iPhone initiative and the challenges it presents to student media.

Luckie argues that the rise of the smartphone is going to put more pressure on reporters and editors.

This means even shorter deadlines for reporters, and even quicker turnaround on blurbs that can be posted to the web immediately. It also means consumers will be more receptive to mobile video which, on the iPhone’s predecessors, had to be viewed on a screen the size of a postage stamp. The phone currently has built-in YouTube access for those videos hosted on the video sharing site, but it puts a greater demand on Apple to create Flash compatibility on the phone so news sites can provide video in a central location.

In the past, I’ve argued that student media outlets need to begin equipping reporters with laptops and wireless cards so they could file from location, even when there isn’t WiFi access. Now, it might be a better idea to give reporters a smartphone. However, annoyingly, the iPhone doesn’t have an accessory keyboard that makes typing easier.

And convincing college print journalists to think about publishing to the web first is still a challenge, since print readership remains strong on campus.

For more on the iPhone 3G, Mindy McAdams has been blogging here and here.

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