The app gives you another way to interact with Berkeleyside

From the start with Berkeleyside, we’ve been determined to let our readers find as many ways as possible to access our information. There are tweets, Facebook posts, daily emails and RSS feeds, in addition to our main focus — the website.

From today, there’s another way you can get Berkeleyside — our own iPhone app (the link takes you to our app in the iTunes Store). The Berkeleyside app has all the content from Berkeleyside, a tab to find our latest tweets, a neat gallery display of the photos on our Flickr pool and a search function.

We’re also taking advantage of the iPhone’s capabilities with a citizen reporter capability. You can take a photo with your iPhone and then send it directly to us with an explanation of the story. We hope Berkeleysiders use the app to expand our reach around the city.

We’re also eager to improve the app. If you do install it on your iPhone, give us feedback on it. Are there functions you’d like to have in addition? Is something not working quite right? We’ve started work now as well on a separate iPad app which we hope to be ready early in 2011. For the moment, we’re not working on an Android app, but that could change (we’re experts at doing Berkeleyside — this venture into software is stretching our capabilities).

The Berkeleyside app costs $1.99. If you’re a Berkeleyside subscriber or donor, we’ll be sending you the app for free.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...