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Tip: Seven tools for investigative journalists

Bookmark these seven best-picks to help you with anything from sorting through datasets to verifying information

Posted by Jacob Granger on 04/09/19

Tool for journalists: Timetoast, for creating interactive timelines of events

Timeline visualisation helps audience understand the backstory and context of news. Here is how to create it

Posted by Daniel Green on 29/08/19

Tool for journalists: Digital Help Desk, for training reporters in digital security

To protect journalists against online threats, Reporters Without Borders has launched a hub providing guidance on encryption, account security and more

Posted by Jacob Granger on 22/07/19

Mobile journalism workflow: how to make quality content go further

Field reporters no longer need six bags and a laptop, they can get footage for TV, radio and online in one fell swoop with a few tools and apps

Posted by Jacob Granger on 22/07/19

Tool for journalists: Representation Matters, for royalty-free images that promote diversity

When picking a picture for your next piece, this stock image site is a go-to place for better representing ethnicity, sexuality, disability and body positivity

Posted by Jacob Granger on 10/06/19

Tool for journalists: Newsroom Transparency Tracker, for assessing trustworthiness of news

'Trust indicators' enable viewers to take a look at the people, practices and policies driving 52 regional, national and international media outlets

Posted by Jacob Granger on 04/06/19

Tool for journalists: Thread Reader, for turning Twitter threads into articles

Getting tangled up in messy Twitter threads? Convert those loose posts into simple-to-read articles and save them for later

Posted by Jacob Granger on 21/05/19

Tool for journalists: SumAll, for gauging your social media presence

This automation tool will send out email digests and social media posts breaking down key metrics such as mention reach, likes and new followers on a daily and weekly basis

Posted by Jacob Granger on 30/04/19

Tool for journalists: Outriders Network database, for discovering the best interactive storytelling projects

Use this knowledge-sharing platform to find inspiration for your own data journalism work

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 24/04/19

Tool for journalists: INJECT, for finding unexpected new angles for your stories

Use this browser extension to boost your creativity and see your topic in a brand new light

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 07/01/19

Tool for journalists: Auto Futures, the free digital hub for reporting on the automotive industry

Download press releases, copyright free images and videos at this ‘one-stop hub’ for brand-owned content from industry leaders

Posted by Jacob Granger on 16/10/18

Tool for journalists: Mix, an online portfolio for sharing and curating your favourite articles

The free platform is designed to help you get your work seen, while you browse and discover other articles on the web

Posted by Jacob Granger on 03/09/18

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 05/09/16

How to create a pitch log using Trello

A guide for freelance journalists on tracking multiple pitches using the project management tool Trello

Posted by Abigail Edge on 10/06/16

Why storytelling ‘is still everything', despite new journalism tools

Journalist and producer Scott Rensberger reinforces the power of the story as reporters begin to experiment with mobile journalism tools and techniques

Posted by Caroline Scott on 03/05/16

App for journalists: WePress, for pitching your work to publishers

Get your work commissioned within a network of professionals with this free app

Posted by Caroline Scott on 01/10/15

New app aims to be a security resource for journalists

The free app, called Umbrella, includes tool guides and information to help journalists stay safe in the field and online

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 29/09/15

5 apps for journalists to record phone interviews

Recording interviews offers an extra layer of protection for journalists, as well as enabling easier transcription. Just remember to ok it with your interviewee first

Posted by Abigail Edge on 21/07/15

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

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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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