The app gives you another way to interact with Berkeleyside

Update, Feb. 2022: The Berkeleyside app no longer exists. Read our stories at Berkeleyside.org and sign up for our free newsletters.

Berkeleyside spoke to a lot of people at yesterday’s Jazz on Fourth festival and we were surprised how few of them knew about our iPhone app — even many regular readers were unaware it existed.

That’s probably our fault for not promoting it enough. So here goes…

We want our readers to have as many ways as possible to access Berkeleyside. There are tweets, Facebook posts, daily emails and RSS feeds, in addition to our main focus — the website.

The Berkeleyside iPhone app (the link takes you to our app in the iTunes Store) was launched in December 2010. The Berkeleyside app has all the news 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 have also taken 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 a short note to tell us te story. Many Berkeleysiders are using the app to expand our reach around the city — such as on the occasion of a serious house fire on Queens Road last month. Why don’t you join them?

If you do install the app on your iPhone, give us feedback. For the moment, we haven’t been able to create an Android app with relative ease, but that could change —  and we hope to be able to offer an iPad app one day too.

The Berkeleyside app costs just $1.99. If you become a Berkeleyside subscriber or donor — in so doing supporting local independent journalism and Berkeleyside — we’ll send you one for free.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...