Journalism tools and tech

9 online tools to help journalists monitor their beat

The amount of information online can be overwhelming if you don't know where to look, so these tools can help you be more efficient in finding the most relevant stories

Posted by Alastair Reid on 24/09/14

Screencast: How to create interest lists on Facebook

This short video shows how to create and follow Facebook interest lists to organise posts around different topics

Posted by Abigail Edge on 19/08/14

Verification tips for both the source and the content

Experts in the field of verification shared their guidelines on verifying social media content at the World Editors Forum in Torino yesterday

Posted by Alastair Reid on 11/06/14

Monitoring the web: practical tips and tools for journalists

Advice for journalists monitoring their patch on social media and elsewhere online

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 23/05/14

How to: use Cronycle to curate Twitter and RSS

Create 'collections' to monitor news around a topic or beat

Posted by Abigail Edge on 14/05/14

Taggly app launches to watermark images and video

Tim Pool, renowned for his use of mobile technology in reporting, has launched the app for reporters and citizen journalists on iOS

Posted by Alastair Reid on 29/04/14

Screencast: creating an immersive Gigapixel image in Storymap

A guide to using Storymap to create an immersive, interactive image using Storymap's Gigapixel function

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 25/04/14

Facebook Newswire offers UGC verified by Storyful

Facebook Newswire has been sharing information verified by social newswire Storyful since late March, including images, relevant hashtags and breaking news updates

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 24/04/14

How to: build a StoryMap to take readers on a journey

Using StoryMapJS to tell stories across geographical locations

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 17/04/14

Tool for journalists: mattermap, for curating content

Create a mind map of crowdsourced information or quotes from the web using this free web tool

Posted by Abigail Edge on 15/04/14

Tool for journalists: Zapier, for automating web apps

Manage web data and work more efficiently by using this tool to automate actions between apps

Posted by Abigail Edge on 31/03/14

Tool for journalists: Snip.ly, to add text to pages you share

Add a custom message to any web pages you share with this free and simple link shortener

Posted by Abigail Edge on 24/03/14

How ReadWave wants to be a 'YouTube for writers'

The publishing platform, which limits articles to 800 words, hopes to build a community around topics and challenges for aspiring journalists

Posted by Alastair Reid on 19/03/14

Former journalist launches platform to 'share and save' news

Newspeg, a free platform for content curation and aggregation, offers journalists a visual way to collect and display content

Posted by Hannah Lawrence on 03/03/14

Social 'lie detector' will help journalists verify online rumours

Following the rumours that came out of the London riots, researchers are developing a platform to automatically verify information from social media

Posted by Abigail Edge on 27/02/14

Tool for journalists: Crazy Egg, for heat mapping web pages

Visualise where your web pages are getting clicks from visitors with this heat and scroll mapping tool

Posted by Abigail Edge on 18/02/14

Tool for journalist: Snapbird, for searching Twitter

Track down old tweets in your timeline, as well as favourites, mentions and direct messages

Posted by Abigail Edge on 10/02/14

Verification Handbook: Necessary tools for breaking news

The Verification Handbook, released yesterday by the European Journalism Centre, features tools and advice on verifying content in breaking news situations

Posted by Craig Silverman and Rina Tsubaki on 29/01/14

Tool for journalists: Is It Updated? for monitoring websites

Monitor websites and receive notifications when they are updated with this useful tool

Posted by Abigail Edge on 28/01/14

Tool for journalists: Spreecast, for social video conversations

Live-streaming platform for hosting or viewing videos with socially-integrated comments

Posted by Abigail Edge on 15/01/14

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From our editors' blog

Tool of the week for journalists: Taggstar, for adding links to your pictures

A free tool to allow readers to hover over images on your site and find links to videos, audio and more, and one that offers money making opportunities for publishers

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 18 October 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Story Wheel, for easy audio slideshows

A quick and easy tool for turning your Instagram pictures into an audio slideshow

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 4 October 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Cowbird, for unedited storytelling

A storytelling tool to allow people to tell stories in their own words, pictures, audio and maps

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 14 August 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Datawrapper, for quick data visualisations

A data journalism visualisation tool as recommended by Simon Rogers of the Guardian's Datastore

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 29 June 2012

CoveritLive switches to paid-only service

Popular liveblogging platform CoverItLive has announced the end of its free usage tier, becoming an entirely paid for subscription service

Posted by Daniel Bentley on 1 June 2012

Bitly launches 'bitmark' social bookmarking service

Bitly, the popular link shortener used by lots of news websites, announces its ‘bitmark’ service

Posted by Daniel Bentley on 29 May 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Transcribe, a Chrome web app that saves time

A free toll that allows you to transcribe an audio interview without having the toggle between a text-editing document and audio player

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 25 May 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Geofeedia, to locate real-time photos, videos and tweets

A great new tool that can help journalists verify breaking news stories

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 17 May 2012

Social magazine app Flipboard adds audio

Flipboard partners with SoundCloud, National Public Radio and Public Radio International to add audio, making the social magazine a multimedia experience

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 16 May 2012

Tweetbot partners with Storify to allow Twitter conversation sharing

Create mini Storifys of a Twitter conversation in a swipe and three taps with the Tweetbot update

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 1 May 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Thinglink, for interactive images

A great online tool to allow you to annotate images with rich media such as tweets, videos, photos and audio

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 26 April 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Google Follow Your World

Track change in an area of interest by receiving notifications when Google adds new satellite images

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 19 April 2012

Storify stories now on news reader app Pulse

Curated storytelling tool Storify signs its first syndication deal and is now available on social reader Android and iPhone/iPad app Pulse

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 19 April 2012

Independent uses Spotify button to add 'new angle to music journalism'

Independent adds digital music service Spotify's new play button

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 11 April 2012

Citizen journalism site Blottr launches Facebook app

Citizen journalism site Blottr launches Guardian-style 'frictionless sharing' Facebook app

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 10 April 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Muck Rack

Muck Rack is a site that aggregates Twitter and social media feeds for thousands of professional journalists

Posted by James Chapple on 5 April 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Timeline

A new tool for journalists created by a multimedia journalist and journalism professor

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 29 March 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: freeDive, to create a searchable database

A fantastic, easy-to-use tool to allow you to turn a spreadsheet into an interactive database

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 22 March 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Data.gov.uk's map-based search

Search for data sets using Data.gov.uk's map-based search tool

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 13 March 2012

Tool of the week for journalists: Cuttings.me

Portfolio site Cuttings.me launches new features: RSS and multimedia cuttings

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 28 February 2012

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