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Every mobile journalist can see the benefit of using a mic – recorded audio is picked up a whole lot better than it would be with just their smartphone, which can be crucial for audience engagement and storytelling.

It's a fact that bad audio can ruin your news package, but how do you find the mic that's going to be compatible with your phone?

This this depends on your phone’s inner input socket, Ravi Bajpai at IJNet explains.

Mic jacks come in a wide variety, but for our purposes, he explains about two: the Tip Ring Sleeve (TRS) and Tip Ring Ring Sleeve (TRRS). If your phone has a matching fit, the mic will work, if not, you'll need to buy an adapter. Check out this article before you buy.

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