Nokia’s chance to be the next Apple of journalism and PR – roundup of media phones for 2009

I’ve made no secret of my admiration for what the Nokia N95 can do as a reporting tool (or PR for that matter) – and the material gathered by the Manchester Evening News‘ Nicola Dowling validates that even further but the Nokia N97 looks like it could take things to the next level.

However it won’t be alone – though I think Nokia has a chance with the N95 and N97 to become to journalism and media gathering what the Apple and the Macintosh (along with Adobe and Quark) did to desktop publishing.

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What the future of journalism should be (AKA journalist makes new media work for him)

Jim Macmillan is a reporter (and other things) over in Philadelphia and he recently had a call to a fire. The rest of the tale is in the piece Just f8 and be there but basically, armed with an iPhone he was able to go and cover a story, file pics and be paid all before leaving the scene. 

This is the sort of thing newspapers should be looking at. When papers talk about training staff up for the new future of journalism, they should be getting in touch with Nokia and getting N95s for all staff (reason I say the N95 is that the N97 isn’t out yet and I think the N95 has more features than the iPhone as I showed in a review where I used the N95 as a reporting tool for covering T in the Park.)