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Why TikTok star Sophia Smith Galer created an AI tool to help journalists make viral videos

In this special series that focuses on journalism rather than algorithms, we look at Sophina, the chatbot that turns text into viral video scripts, based on the success of a journalist and content creator with 17 million likes

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 13/06/24

How AI can help journalists track MPs financial interests

A new tool that uses generative AI to help analyse who pays members of the UK Parliament may soon be available to newsrooms

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 05/12/23

Tools for journalists: Missing Perspectives Directory, for connecting newsrooms with women

Women reporters can use this platform to look for assignments or send pitches to news organisations to increase representations of women's voices in the news

Posted by Jacob Granger on 27/11/23

Seven sources of free images for journalists

Searching for pictures for your next article or blog post? Look no further than these stock image sites and Creative Commons platforms

Posted by Jacob Granger on 04/08/23

Tip: Tools for creating audio articles

Text-to-speech technology allows more people to access your best pieces

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/07/22

Tip: Business tools for small newsrooms

Make sure your tech stack covers all the essentials without paying a fortune

Posted by Jacob Granger on 06/07/22

Tip: Tools for non-native English speaking journalists

Master reporting in English when it is not your mother tongue

Posted by Jacob Granger on 20/04/22

Tip: Become a pro at mobile video editing with LumaFusion

Learn how to use the functions of the go-to mobile journalism video app

Posted by Jacob Granger on 24/03/22

Tool for journalists: IPI Tracker, for monitoring attacks on the press throughout Ukrainian war

This database helps you search for all attacks on reporters and restrictions on media freedom linked to the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Posted by Jacob Granger on 18/03/22

SembraMedia launches research project to map Europe's digital media landscape

Project Oasis aims to be a catalyst for growth, investment and innovation for news outlets in Europe by profiling 1,000 organisations across 43 countries

Posted by Jacob Granger on 16/03/22

New course helps journalists stay healthy in an always-on culture

Training designed by journalists for journalists will teach you how to sustain your energy and sanity while doing the work you love. Plus you can win a place on the course worth £100!

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 14/03/22

Tip: Top tools for tracking the impact of climate change

Find, store and analyse the data behind environmental stories

Posted by Hilal Seven on 14/12/21

Tool for journalists: Storysmart, for online safety training

The NUJ offers free interactive online courses to help reporters navigate hostile environments, psychological trauma, cyber risks and dealing with injury

Posted by Jacob Granger on 07/12/21

Sponsored content: How Blinder can revolutionise your newsroom's remote interviews

Online interviews, when done well, can work wonders for a busy newsroom looking for high-quality content. This platform allows journalists to coordinate interviews, capture multimedia content and create great stories – all without any party needing new software or skills

Posted by Jacob Granger on 18/11/21

How to turn audio into an engaging social video

Waveforms and quote highlights can be a great way to tease out the best soundbites from your podcast on social media. We round up some of the best examples from around the media industry

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/10/21

Tip: Experiment with tried-and-tested tools for investigative journalism

Bookmark this list of muckraking tools and techniques that can help you gain access to elusive sources and data

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 23/08/21

Tip: Transcribe captions from YouTube videos

There is an easier way to turn audio on the online video platform into text

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/08/21

Five tools every journalist should try this year

Whether you are back in the newsroom or still working from home, these apps and online platforms can make your life easier

Posted by Jacob Granger on 10/08/21

Four ways journalists can protect sources using the “deep web”

These tools will help you hide from censors when reporting on and within authoritarian countries

Posted by Nathan Clarke on 25/02/21

Seven tried-and-tested steps to growing your digital subscription model

Thinking of rolling out a reader revenue strategy or revamping your existing one? The Google News Initiative shares tools and templates refined by newsrooms worldwide

Posted by Jacob Granger on 24/02/21

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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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