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Evernote for Journalists

Posted by Anirban on 31 Jul 2014

Posted by Anirban on 31 Jul 2014

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Keeping record of everything they do may become a herculean task for journalists sometimes, owing to their busy and hectic schedules and always on-the-move lifestyles. They will probably have to frantically check sent folders and try to scrounge through folders on their hard drive, if they had to look for a story they wrote last month. And this is only legit considering they deal with myriad documents and things every day, and it may become hard to organize things sometimes. Well, nothing to worry! Evernote helps you with all that without any hassle. Here’s how Evernote helps Journalists and make their work easier and more effective:

Archive all your information

If you’re a Journalist, you can use Evernote to take snapshots of your handwritten notes (or log your typed ones) or images, audio notes from all your interactions/ interviews and save them with relevant metadata. The metadata can include the subject or topic being covered or even the source and all the information can be accessed back anytime through searchable text and tags. You can even save all your important emails to notebooks and go back to them whenever you need them. Some journalists also use it as an address book by taking pictures of business cards. The text is searchable, so it’s easy for journalists to quickly look up someone’s business card within the app.

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Research effectively and easily

Whether you’re reading something in a local library, going through web pages on your browser or just putting together your ideas. Evernote helps you incredibly in doing all your research seamlessly. You can just start by creating a Notebook for any story you’re working on. If you’re surfing the web and want to save it, you can use a browser extension to either send a link or the complete contents of a web page into an Evernote note. And you can obviously quickly type notes as you’re doing your research.

Access everything from anywhere

You must be working on your work desktop, laptop, home desktop, iPad and/or mobile. Synchronizing your work at so many places is a challenge. Evernote lets you access all your notes wherever you are.This comes handy when you have to check a piece of information or a phone number when you’re on the go. Just as handy, you can jot down a quick note, snap a picture or record a voice memo, and sync it to the Evernote database you maintain on the web and on your primary computer.

Share notes and Collaborate

Evernote also helps you work better with your team. You can work collaboratively with someone else or a team, and share your notes with them. Multiple people can feed into the same notebook, making collaboration easy, particularly for newsrooms. You can even publish any of your compiled resources by making an Evernote notebook publicly viewable or share your work-in-process with selected collaborators you invite into an otherwise private notebook.

So Evernote can be a crucial asset to your work life as a journalist and help you remember everything. From clippings files to draft management, Evernote can become a journalist’s close companion.

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