Journalism tools and tech

Tool for journalists: Hemingway, for better writing

A text editor featuring Markdown formatting and a focus on "bold, clear writing"

Posted by Abigail Edge on 18/05/15

Tool for journalists: Riddle, for interactive polls and lists

Quickly put together a poll, quiz or list to enhance your stories online and increase shareability

Posted by Abigail Edge on 11/05/15

7 data viz tools for covering the UK general election

A selection of (mostly free) data visualisation tools and apps for journalists covering the upcoming UK general election

Posted by Abigail Edge and Catalina Albeanu on 14/04/15

How to publish stories to Medium

A guide covering some of the blog-publishing platform's newer features, including the homepage editor, tagging, unlisted publishing and adding to 'Publications'

Posted by Abigail Edge on 07/04/15

How to get started in mobile journalism

Mobile journalists and trainers shared their tips and starter advice at the Mobile Journalism Conference in Dublin

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 01/04/15

The Times digital team launches 'quoteable' image tool

The Times and Sunday Times is following in the footsteps of Vox Media and NPR by releasing its own open-source image creation tool

Posted by Abigail Edge on 05/03/15

Contributoria 'Topics' allow the public to commission stories

NGOs, media outlets and commercial companies can now set briefs for independent journalists using the collaborative publishing platform

Posted by Abigail Edge on 03/03/15

Creating images for social media with Canva

Design tool Canva can help you create images to share alongside your stories on social media in minutes

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 16/02/15

10 tips for journalists using WhatsApp's new web client

It's been a long time coming, but WhatsApp has finally launched its web service. BBC apps editor Trushar Barot shares some tips for journalists using the platform

Posted by Abigail Edge on 22/01/15

Tool for journalists: Tweetbe.at for managing Twitter lists

Use Tweetbe.at to update your lists and create new ones with filtered searches including geolocation

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 21/01/15

Instagram image search tools for journalists

Search multiple hashtags and map your results with these handy Instagram search web resources

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 13/01/15

Google Chrome browser extensions for journalists

Check out these tools for social media monitoring and analytics, research, curation and more

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 07/01/15

Tool for journalists: Create interactives with Story Maps

Create different styles of maps to tell visual stories with this free resource

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 23/12/14

10 Firefox add-ons for journalists

Firefox is 10 years old this month. Here's a look at some of its useful add-ons for image editing, social media search and productivity

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 25/11/14

Apps, tools and resources for National Freelancers Day 2014

Check out our collection of articles for freelancers this year including online communities, productivity apps and publishing platforms

Posted by Abigail Edge on 19/11/14

10 productivity apps for freelance journalists

A useful list of apps for freelancers to help with everything from planning a story to organisation and time management

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 19/11/14

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

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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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