Audio editing news pieces can be  time-consuming, so a group has collaborated to create a mobile phone app — which is still being tested — to streamline the process “like Google Docs for audio.”

Audio editing news pieces can be  time-consuming, so a group has collaborated to create a mobile phone app — which is still being tested — to streamline the process “like Google Docs for audio.”

The app is designed for community radio stations, podcasters and students, but journalists who have access to expensive software and equipment will still find it useful, says project manager Jacky Tuinstra Harrison. The timely editing process where files are swapped back-and-forth between editors and reporters  will be significantly cut down by using the enRUe app, she says.

The idea for the enRUe app came about during a gathering of the National Community Radio Association, but it started to take off this year through a collaboration between online student media project The Scope at Ryerson and SourceFabric, which provides news organizations with software and support.

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A scaled down prototype has already been created through volunteer labour and “a couple thousand dollars,” says Harrison, but the group is looking to crowdsource funds to finish it. The goal is $12,215, which Harrison says will go toward the build and the launch scheduled for this fall.

Harrison says the music and arts community can use it as well, but it seems tailored towards citizen journalists who could get interviews and then edit them, quickly.  “It's not a day-long affair,” she says. “In an hour you have content. I think that would just be amazing.”