Journalist’s Toolbox Update: May 23, 2016

Interviewing: StoryBench: A Digital Toolbox for Bringing Home the Perfect Interview offers some good recording and transcribing tools.

Verification/fact-checking: How Can Newsrooms Verify Video from Eyewitnesses? is a great set of resources from First Draft News.

Twitter: Best Twitter Search Tricks offers all kinds of filters and resources.

Data visualization: offers a great list of data visualization and mapping resources. For more data viz resources, visit The Journalist’s Toolbox data page.

Elections: If you’re looking to track campaign finance money, a good place to start is the Follow the Money site. Find more helpful tools and an archive of resources on our Elections page.

Weather: If you are covering outbreaks of severe weather, you’ll find some great resources on our Weather page.

Diversity: The Diversity Style Guide is a resource to “help journalists and other media professionals cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity. This guide, a project of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University, brings together definitions and information from more than two dozen style guides, journalism organizations and other resources.

Video editing: A couple of great video tools: YouTube to Facebook lets you convert your Twitter video into a native Facebook video. Showbox lets you edit videos and add graphics in your browser.

Investigative: FINRA: BrokerCheck lets you investigate registered brokers through this site from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Also: Seeking Alpha is a great tool for backgrounding companies. Also check out the NICAR 2016 Slides, Links and Tutorials

Mobile journalism: RJI has compiled a great list of five mobile journalism basics that will help during training. Mashable has compiled a helpful list: 100 Best iPhone Apps of All-Time. Read more on the Toolbox’s Mobile Journalism page.

Cybersecurity: This Powerpoint Security Tools for Investigative Journalists is full of resrouces and tipsheets to help protect your data and reporting.

Public employee pay database: The Center for Investigative Reporting built a database that let’s you search public employee salaries. Search by city, county and state. Very handy.

Online journalism tutorials: Cal Berkeley’s Jeremy Rue was kind enough to share these free online tutorials for journalists and students: multimedia trainingpublic records and journalism jobs.

Writing with numbers: Weird Converter is great for analyzing numbers and coming up with odd facts and figures for stories. It’s great for comparing sizes, weights and gives the reader some perspective. Find more resources in the Toolbox’s Writing With Numbers section.

Covering people with disabilities: You’ll find hundreds of resources on the Disabilities page.

Teaching tools: Many of you who use this site train your newsrooms and classrooms how to do online research: College MediaHigh School JournalismDesignBroadcast JournalismEthicsWritingReporting ToolsWriting with NumbersPhotojournalism and Copy Editing.

Reporting tools: Reporting ToolsPhone/E-Mail/Maps DirectoriesSearch EnginesExpert SourcesInvestigativeForm 990sPublic RecordsEthicsCheck Domain NamesGeneral Research and Writing With Numbers.

Student resources: College and high school students will find many helpful Toolbox resources for researching papers, reporting and more: Reporting ToolsPublic RecordsHistoryEthics and Copy Editing.


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