10 Great iPad Apps for Journalists

When the iPad launched in April 2010, PR pros, journalists and marketers were buzzing about how the new device would benefit their job. Fast forward to today, just a year and a half later, and many of us can’t imagine our lives without one.

The hectic life a journalist, who is always on the go, can benefit greatly from an iPad. They are lighter and smaller than a computer, yet can do just about everything your laptop can do. But with thousands of Apps available, which ones are a must for journalists? Check out the ten below, and decide for yourself.

Dragon Dictation
Sometimes you just don’t have room or time to type out a story, email or tweet. This is where Dragon Dictation comes in. According to their website, “Dragon Dictation allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text content for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. You can dictate status updates directly to Facebook and Twitter, send text or email your friends, send notes and reminders to yourself … all using your voice.”

If you find yourself without access to Wi-Fi, this App is for you. A great way to keep notes, this is a journalists best friend. Demian Turner, a developer and entrepreneur, answered a question on Quora about the best iPad apps for journalists. Check the question on Quora for more great suggestions.

5-0 Radio HD Police Scanner
One of the best ways to stay up on breaking news is to listen to police scanners. Long gone is the day of having a bulky radio to hear the police scans. Now you can listen via your iPad, with the 5-0 Radio HD Police Scanner. One review of the app on iTunes says, “this is the best app of its kind, I use this all the time, great sound quality, great user interface, a five year old could understand this app and use it.”

This is a great app to have all of your newspapers and magazines you read in one place. Described as, “your social magazine,” Flipboard is a great app for any journalist needed to look up research quickly and easily.

According to MarkdownNote’s website, “MarkdownNote makes it really easy to create notes using John Gruber’s popular Markdown markup language in your Mac or iPad. Using live preview feature, you can preview your Markdown markup syntax to HTML on writing. Sync your documents with Dropbox.com, built into MarkdownNote for iOS and using the desktop client on Mac.”

Filterstorm Pro
This app was built with the photojournalist in mind. “Filterstorm Pro redefines your photography workflow. Built with photojournalists’ needs in mind, Filterstorm Pro’s batch processing features let you edit, add IPTC metadata, and transmit multiple images at once,” reports the App store.

Documents to Go
It’s nice to have access to your Microsoft files when you’re out of the office. Documents to Go allows you to access these files without having to email yourself (or if you forget) the document. One review says, “I use this app multiple times a day. It’s so convenient to have my all of my spreadsheets available on my iPhone, rather than having to get on the laptop. Definitely worth the $10.00.”

Air Display
If your office is too small, or you’re in a tight spot and need a second monitor, this app is for you. Air Display wirelessly connects to your laptop, making your iPad your second display. This app will work for Macs or Window OS systems.

Lugging around a dictionary can get heavy, instead just use this app. WordBook is a comprehensive, quick and intuitive dictionary and thesaurus of the English language. It’s a great combination of comprehensive contents and fast intuitive interface.

Can’t imagine life without your iPad? What apps can you not live without? Let us know in the comments below.

About Shannon Suetos

Shannon Evans Suetos is an online marketer living is San Diego, and the owner of What’s Your Two Cents? WYTC is a blog dedicated to reporting the latest trending news topics to spark a conversation among readers. You can also follow Shannon on Twitter @ShannonEvansSM.


  1. I have wanted to ditch my old laptop for a while and have taken the idea of a tablet seriously. With such an on the go lifestyle, college student going into the pr industry, I feel like this is one of the best decisions I could make. I can carry it anywhere and like you said it can do anything a laptop can. On my iph0ne one of the apps I like is awesome note. This app allows me to have folders and lists for all of the different things I think of during the day weather that is to grab something at the store or that an assignment is due soon this app categorized all my confusion!

  2. I myself do not have an Ipad, and it seems weird to me, but completely believeable that people cannot live without one especially with some of those apps listed above. They sound insane. The 5-0 Radio HD Police Scanner, I remember being younger and seeing real police scanners and how big and bulky they were. It amazes me but does not surprise me that they are now on the Ipad. Furthermore, I actually learned today in class what dropbox.com was. Before I thought it had something to do with Blackboard, so I really liked seeing how classroom information is going hand in hand with the outside/real world information that can be very helpful in the work place. However, I do not agree that WordBook should have made it to this list. Computers have been allowing people to access the dictionary via the internet or Word for several years now and I am sure it was available when the first Iphone came out as well.

    • Hi Sara,

      Glad to see you are learning about DropBox. I find it extremely useful. I also remember my neighbor having one of those large police scanners, when I saw this app, I had to put it in the list!

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