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By Jolie Lee

Quick Response or QR codes are like super bar codes scanable by the camera in your mobile phone. Think of QR codes like hyperlinks in the physical world.

This technology could provide real opportunities for journalism, Lauren Rabaino reports in 10,000 Words.

For example, let’s say you go to an intersection with a QR code on a traffic light pole. You scan the code with your phone and instantly get all the news stories from that intersection.

Or, let’s say there’s a QR code outside of City Hall with the contact information of the local political reporter. A potential source scans the code, gets the reporter’s e-mail and sends a news tip within seconds.

Another possible use is to put QR codes in print. (Yes, isn’t this coming full circle, from print to online back to print!) The Washington Post has already done it by including a QR code in print that links to a page with reader-submitted Veterans Day stories and photos. (h/t @cdorobek for finding the pic)

I find the possibilities of QR codes for reporters exciting, but in the end I have to agree with Rabaino:

“The drawback here, of course, is that this might be too high-tech for a lot of readers. Not everyone is as geeky as us.”