A growing number of photojournalists are using apps to tell their stories. Is this the best medium?

This article titled “Is smartphone journalism the way forward?” was written by Karin Andreasson, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 29th November 2012 12.32 UTC

Filtering apps such as Instagram and Hipstamatic have penetrated the world of photojournalism. The Guardian picture desk receives a lot of filtered photographs from news agencies on the wires. We recently included the Hipstamatic shot below, of a man appearing to levitate, in our Picture desk live blog.

It's the sort of image that usually illustrates lighter stories. To mix up their coverage Getty had its photographers shoot the US elections on their iPhones as well as conventional DSLRs.

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