Wavefront hooks leading citizen journalist up with VeriCorder mobile journalism app
Wavefront sponsored video reporter Chris Morrow’s smart phone and connected her with VeriCorder to experiment with its innovative iPhone-based mobile journalism, or mojo, app
VANCOUVER , B.C. and KELOWNA, B.C.; March 18, 2010 – Citizen journalist and a leading contributor to an international cable news site Chris Morrow travels the world, camera in hand, documenting stories for the international news network. A mobile phone is possibly the second most essential piece of equipment for Morrow. During her 17 days covering the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver last month, Morrow relied heavily on a smart phone sponsored by B.C.’s mobile technology commercialization center Wavefront while producing more than 30 reports with the majority aired on CNN and HLN.
Wavefront also connected Morrow to one of its mobile community members, Kelowna-based VeriCorder Technology, a company developing a new breed of mobile journalism, or mojo, applications. VeriCorder’s ShowCase software for the iPhone is a new mobile reporting tool for those who want to record, edit and file multimedia stories directly from their handset to the web. The application was tested before its launch at Wavefront’s Vancouver facility and was one of 25 locally developed mobile solutions showcased by DigiBC, the Digital Media and Wireless Association of B.C., at the Robson Square media center during the Olympics. Wavefront also sponsored eight handsets for DigiBC staff to showcase other locally developed mobile phone applications during the games.
Morrow plans to continue using and evaluating the innovative reporting solution for VeriCorder now that she has returned to her base in San Diego.
“It’s an amazing new product, and I look forward to using it in my adventures around the world,” said Morrow, who traveled to Haiti in February to document relief efforts and next plans to travel to Rio de Janeiro to cover the Red Bull MotorSport in May.
Morrow’s reports have received nearly 4 million views online and of the more than 800 reports she has filed, more than 600 have been broadcast nationally and internationally on the cable news network. Morrow’s film “Wyland: Earth Day” documenting artist Wyland’s 24-hour Earth Day mural project in Long Beach, Calif. in 2009 won the Best Film in the San Diego Filmmaker Series at the 2009 San Diego Film Festival. To learn more about Morrow or watch her reports, see http://www.ireport.com/people/ChrisMorrow.
Wavefront is the community-based commercialization center for Canada’s wireless and new media development companies. Wavefront improves speed-to-market and delivery of mobile applications and devices by providing emerging companies with a suite of WaveGuide™ training, mobile industry advisory, incubation and testing services that facilitate market linkages and commercial engagement with the mobile ecosystem and enterprise companies around the world.
VeriCorder is a Canadian high-tech company with headquarters and R&D labs in Kelowna, British Columbia. The company makes iPhone-based enterprise software for journalists, podcasters and other multimedia professionals. In 2010, VeriCorder will release four software programs through the iPhone App Store, and for enterprise deployment, all designed to make it fast and easy to record, edit and send fully-crafted stories from the field in to the newsroom. VeriCorder specializes in integrating mobile software into newsroom systems, allowing reporters to create a television, radio, or web news story, and post it instantly into common playout systems. You can find out more at:
Wavefront is a registered trademark of Wavefront Wireless Innovation Society of British Columbia.