Editor’s note: This blog is part of a series of guest posts from my social media students at Eastern Michigan University. Follow the conversations at #sm379 and @ginaluttrell.
The app I chose to do for my heard it here first is a pretty simple one but I think that the Apps we use the most are the ones with simple purposes. I chose the ESPN scores app to do for class because it is something I use on pretty much a daily basis and I don’t know what I would do with out it.
The way it works is you can download it for either Iphone from itunes or for an android cell phone from the Google play store. It is a very easy app to use and gives the user the option of picking their favorite teams from various sports. After selecting you favorite teams your phone will then send you updates whenever there is either a score in the game your team is playing in, notify you on injury reports, or even let you know if a major trade has come up.
Coming from a sports journalist this app is an absolute must to have. There are thousands of times where I was somewhere (wedding, class, work, ETC.) where I couldn’t find the game I wanted to watch or wasn’t able to watch at all. With the app I now can always be up to date with what is going on with my favorite team, how they are doing, and all the major headlines of the day. It also provides you with the option of watching videos of the highlights of the day which you can then share with the Twitter app which then directly leads into the social media realm of possibility.
Social media and sports reporting are now completely intertwined and you can no longer do one without the other. If you are at a game you need to be able to tweet out your own information and insight on the game which is vital to promoting and expanding your brand as mentioned from the book. I myself have used the ESPN scores app while reporting at a Eastern Michigan basketball, I had pulled it up on my tablet and opened up the box score of the game so I didn’t need to write down the stats of the game. I was then able to focus more on the game and take more in-depth notes.
In any journalistic situation any tool that you can use to your advantage is always helpful. No matter what it is if you have it at your disposal you should use it. Even if it is something as simple or silly as an app it can still help you move forward and expand your career.