What journalists are missing about mobile

Many journalists have started using their smartphones as a newsgathering and publishing tool, but Mark Briggs of KING5.com in Seattle says mobile devices can be so much more.

“Few reporters use smartphones as a research device,” Briggs says, a missed opportunity, in his opinion, because smartphones are “location aware.”

As an example, Briggs described how he might use a smartphone as the “Internet in your pocket” for a breaking news story involving the evacuation of a Las Vegas hotel.

What are Briggs’ three favorite mobile tools for journalism?

1. Twitter
2. Foursquare
3. Google Maps

 “Not enough journalists are ‘mobile natives,’” says Briggs, “people who truly know how to use the device for information gathering, tapping into power of everything you can access.”