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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

Seven free tools for journalists to try in 2021

Upgrade your editing arsenal and organise your schedule at no extra cost with this round-up of mobile apps and online resources

Posted by Jacob Granger on 05/01/21

App for journalists: MyScoop, for commissioning mobile and citizen journalism

This new tool allows you to upload film and photo exclusives during breaking news events and charge organisations for using your content

Posted by Jacob Granger on 03/11/20

Tip: Prepare for the US presidential election

Reporting live on US election day? GIJN provides expert sources, tools and strategies to make it through the event

Posted by Sophie Aristotelous on 02/11/20

Tool for journalists: The Progress Network, for finding experts on societal solutions

Looking for inspiration or new sources for reporting on what the world can do to solve its biggest problems? Look no further than this network of journalists, scientists, academics and other professionals

Posted by Jacob Granger on 27/10/20

App for journalist: JSafe, for reporting online abuse

Do not suffer in silence. This app built for female, female-identifying and non-binary journalists allows you to report instances of harassment and trolling, and receive follow-up support

Posted by Jacob Granger on 19/10/20

Want to discover more constructive journalism stories? This app curates them in one place

Squirrel News compiles articles from the likes of the Guardian, Bloomberg and BBC which report on the solutions to society's problems

Posted by Jacob Granger on 10/09/20

Six simple steps to beef up your cybersecurity while WFH

Journalists face new threats to their sources and personal information in times of a global pandemic

Posted by Nahla Davies on 09/09/20

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist launches a stress management tool for newsrooms

Since the beginning of the pandemic, most journalists feel overwhelmed but just keep going. If that sounds like you, you may want to make a change before you burn out

Posted by Marcela Kunova and John Crowley on 24/08/20

New mobile journalism learning tool is set to win hearts

Want to try your hand at smartphone storytelling techniques? With this deck of cards, you will always have a MoJo trick up your sleeve

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 18/08/20

Reuters launches AI-powered tool to speed up discovery of historic videos

The technology can recognise key public figures and transcribe speech from videos dating back to the 1900's to make soundbites or clips easier to locate and use

Posted by Jacob Granger on 12/08/20

Our.News creates 'nutritional' fact-checking labels to help audiences make healthier news consumption choices

Want to know exactly what makes up your media diet? This tool breaks down all the 'ingredients' of online articles to fight misinformation and build readers' trust

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 05/08/20

Need data for your next story? This tool can get you the stats before the official figures are out

Here is how Sky News reporters sift through search traffic and social media trends to find new story leads

Posted by Jacob Granger on 29/07/20

International Fact-Checking Day: eight resources for verifying information

From news labels to toolkits, this selection of free tools can help reporters identify and debunk false information

Posted by Daniel Green on 02/04/20

Need a source for your next story? This platform puts experts on speed dial

ExpertFile database can help newsrooms find the ideal interviewee and get them on the phone in a fraction of the time

Posted by Jacob Granger on 13/03/20

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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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