iPads, another tool aiding the future of reporting

Journalism has progressed and evolved into something different has technology has continued to evolve. In the last decade, technology has advanced and began producing smart phones, tablets and applications that simplify and (or?) make life and jobs more complicated.

As someone who likes to backpack and be disconnected from technology for periods of time, once I got an iPhone, I couldn’t even imagine not having one now. I have found almost everything that I need is in the palm of my hand, and if it’s not, I can download an application that provides the ability. It’s aiding my social life as well as my professional life. What about other devices? One I have been curious about is the iPad.

Tablets seem like mini- computers without a convenient keyboard. Why would I want that? There was literally no appeal when I first heard about them. As I was reading some fellow bloggers posts the other day, I read a brief entry about a girl that used her iPad for a report she did from 2 p.m. to 7p.m. to having it on the front page of a newspaper the next morning.

By using her iPad, she was able to update her Twitter about her progress, use applications to quicken the process of writing, send a draft with her email and take a photo to be used in the article; all from wherever she wished to be.

That got me wondering how other journalists are responding to the iPad craze and their reporting.

Jim Colgan reported on the topic when the iPad first was released in 2011. He has a specific case where he interviewed people in Times Square about their favorite restaurants. In that moment, he looked up the restaurants inspection report online. As he told the people the sketchy parts they most likely didn’t know, he was able to record their reactions. He couldn’t have done that without the iPad.

The article continues to elaborate on reporters that have had success in his or her reporting with the use of the iPad. This research has opened my eyes to a related theme stemming from the shift of classic journalism to online media. Not only is journalism moving toward the dependence of the Internet, but it is also dependent on the tools associated. This makes me wonder if our dependence on this technology can affect journalism in a negative way. What if something breaks, stops working or becomes faulty? Can we rely on these products as much as the old fashioned?

Some reporters have even stated they prefer to rely on their gadgets instead of have a camera crew. Is that the safest idea? Or the smartest?

How do you feel about this issue? What is your experience with these technologies? Have the been good or bad or both?