Holiday shopping list for journalism geeks

Holidays are just around the corner-- do you know what you're getting newspaper colleagues? Here are a few gift ideas for your friends, co-workers or yourself (why not?).

Price Range: $5-$15

Leather steno notepad holder For the "professional" journalist. It always feels good going into an interview with a classy holder for your steno pad. $10.86 on Amazon

23-in-1 card reader For every camera and gadget you could imagine: Compact Flash CF I, CF II, CF Ultra II / MicroDrive / Smart Media Card / xD / Secure Digital: SD, SDHC, SD Ultra, miniSD (with adapter), microSD/TransFlash (with adapter) / Multimedia Card: MMC I, MMC II, RS-MMC, HS-MMC / Memory Stick: MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, MS MG, MS MG Pro, MS MG Duo, MS MG Pro Duo $9.99 on Eforcity

Price Range $15-$40

Fun journalism t-shirts (proceeds go toward 10,000  Words) "Original tees for techies, geeks, journalists, font whores and more." And you can order them as hoodies too for the winter season. Prices vary on 10,000 Words Store (Zazzle)

Price Range $40-$80

OLYMPUS WS-110 USB Interface 256 MB Digital Voice Recorder Slip it in your pocket or purse and be ready to report any time. $59.99 on Newegg


Every journalist should have a version of Sounslides on his/her laptop for quick and easy audio slideshows. (If you're feeling really generous, you can get Sounslides Plus for $30 more)

$39.95-$69.95 at

Price Range $80+ (For the big spenders)

Flip video This convenient little contraption records up to 60 minutes of video and can fit in your back pocket. Quality is surely lacking, but it's nice to have, just in case.

$98.82 on Ritz Camera

Livescribe 2GB Pulse Smartpen Although they might be better off with a standard audio recorder and a 75 cent pen, your journalist friend will have fun (and look geeky) with the Licescribe Smartpen.

  • Record and link audio to what you write
  • Listen to your recordings by tapping on what you wrote
  • Search and share your notes and recordings from your computer

$199.95 on Amazon

Rode Podcaster (USB Microphone) One of the best podcasting microphones around. $229.00 on B&H

Have any more suggestions? Share your thoughts in the comments and I'll add them to the post.