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Detroit Free Press: A Psychologist's View on Interviewing
An interesting perspective.

Guide to Taping Conversations in All 50 States
Can we tape or can't we? Answers from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

A free web app designed to take the pain out of transcribing recorded interviews.

14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

The Plug: Reporter Hub

Screencast: Using Online Tools to Transcribe Audio

"No Train, No Gain"
A helpful site for newsroom training tips from Steve Buttry of the Omaha World-Herald.

Cyberjournalist: Online Reporting Tips and Resources
Dozens of tips and lengths. Reporting Resources
A comprehensive resource for reporters on deadline, this site offers links and tips for finding public records, business coverage resources and tips on software and how it can be used by journalists. It is run by Jonathan Oatis, an American journalist working for Reuters in London.

Using Hidden Cameras

NY Times Campus Weblines: Interviewing Techniques
Covers the basics very well. Good for college, high school journalists. Web Crawler
Great for developing story ideas, this site scans the Web sites of more than 400 local television stations, and compiles and e-mails the results. Also a free e-mail newsletter.

AJR: Journalists Are Questioning News Embargos

Interviewing Basics for Bloggers

Verification Junkie
This tool from Josh Stearns centralizes several social media verification tools in one place. Great for reporting and fact-checking on deadline.

Covering Communities
Helpful tips for citizen journalists.

Transcribe Tool
Load an audio file and you can transcribe it. Fast, efficient. Great tool for reporters doing long, in-depth stories. Checklist for Recording Phone Conversations

Beat Reporting/Specialty Reporting

Sunlight Foundation: Online Foreign Agent Lobbying Database
The Foreign Agent Registration Act requires the Justice Department to maintain detailed reports of lobbying firms hired by foreign governments and by organizations. Just select legislators from a menu and it will show their records, lobbyist ties, etc.

Caption and translate any video.

Transcribes video/audio. Costs $2 a minute. First five minutes free.

Poynter: College Media and Interviewing Techniques
Explores email, phone, social media interviews, etc.

Poynter: Some College Media Ban Email Interviews
Import any website and make it a usable data sheet or API in minutes.

Automatically summarizes an article. Add to your bookmarklet bar.

Mapping tool.

Web app to transcribe audio interviews.

San Francisco Chronicle: Crap Detection 101
Howard Rheingold offers tips on challenging the information people find online. What's credible and what isn't? Tools
This government site is a tool for helping to build your own database using government statistics.

Poynter: Tips for Interviewing Traumatized Sources

A rich text editor from The Guardian to enable journalists to write rich content.

LooseWireBlog: Why You Shouldn't Quote from Wikipedia
Great commentary on online journalism trends.

NY Times Campus Weblines: Beat Reporting
Covers the basics very well. Good for college, high school journalists.
Training resources for the media.

This blog highlights useful sites and articles of interest to journalists.

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
Countless seminars and training on using databases and software.

The J-Files: CAR Skills Checklist
From Jeff South at Virginia Commonwealth.

Beginning Reporting
For those teaching and studying the craft at a fundamental level.

Committee to Project Journalists: Journalist Security Guide
.PDF guide book to covering news in a dangerous, changing world.

Poynter: Pulitzer Prize Winner Sara Ganim on Reporting the Sandusky Trial

Covering Courts
Tips from the St. Petersburg Times and Dr. Cecil Greek of Florida State.

Covering Courts Criminal Justice Links
Dr. Greek's criminal justice links.

What Reporters Need To Know About Municipal Budgets
Includes terms, and it walks you through the process.
Good networking site for journalists seeking sources and for non-journalists looking to connect for business purposes.

Providence Journal: Journalists Primer to Budgets
From the Journal's Dave Herzog. Suicide Coverage Guidelines
Tips from Poynter's Al Tompkins.

Obit Writing and Reporting Tips
Suggestions from journalist Gerry Goldstein.
"An opinionated quarterly magazine that chronicles the dead -- famous, infamous and non-famous. Warning: Some is fictional.
Run by SPJ, this site offers a centralized location for journalists seeking development opportunities. It includes a database that allows you to search by zip code.

Providence Journal: Power of Words
A weekly lesson on writing. Tips, links, stories, etc.

Lee Newspapers: Writing Matters
Writing tips from reporters on staff of the Lee chain.

Poytner: Covering Political Speeches

Tips for Uncovering Sealed Cases

The Journalism Center on Children & Families

The Journalism Center on Children & Families: Tips for Covering Child Sex Abuse Cases

SLA News Division: Surveys and Forms Section
Great resources for public documents and research.

Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media
A tips and ideas sheet from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School. The document recommends considering stories such as trends in suicide rates, recent treatment advances, individual stories of how treatment was lifesaving, myths about suicide, warning signs of suicide, etc.

Providence Journal: Reporters and Photographers Working Together
Tips from Bob Wyss of the Journal.

Journeys in Sound: Radio Storytelling Techniques
National Public Radio reporter John Burnett offers tips in this session, which includes audio clips.

Reporting Tips on Indo-Pak Tensions
From SAJA, background and links to news sources on relations between Indonesia and Pakistan.

No Train, No Gain
A great collection of handouts and contacts for newsroom training.
An independent editorial calendar, a forward planning tool for UK journalists to spot future feature ideas and story leads. Finding Basic Stats Online
A complete reference library available for a $40 annual fee. Includes reference books from dictionary to medical, government, etc.

Media Professional's Guide to the Net

Harvard's Nieman Narrative Digest
Updated every couple of weeks with tips and ideas about narrative writing.

Harvard's Notable Narratives Database
A database of narrative journalism samples. Search by dates, source, topic, etc.

NY Times Interviewing Techniques
A great set of tips from the paper's learning network.

Reporting in Indigenous Communities
Storify collection of tools from the IRE national convention seminars. Covering a Beat

SportsJones: Good Sportswriting
Recommends examples of good sportswriting. The Sports Beat
Maintained by Investigative Reporters and Editors, includes Web links by sports category. Writing Tips from Buster Olney
New York Times beat reporter shares suggestions on writing on deadline, covering a beat and staying fresh.

Community Media Workshop (
Part of Columbia College, this site has resources on covering important issues in Chicago.

Scowling at Their Notebooks: How British Journalists Understand Their Writing
Donald Matheson Cardiff University, UK.

The IRE Resource Center: Tipsheets from CAR Conference Speakers
This is an actual database of tipsheets that IRE members can download as PDF files directly from the Web site. You have to be an IRE member to access the database.

Tiddly Wiki
A single html file which has all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the content, the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet. Because it's a single file, it's very portable - you can email it, put it on a web server or share it on a jump drive.

Critical Thinking/Analysis/Accuracy
Many useful tips and techniques.

Longview (Mo.) Community College: Critical Thinking in Journalism

Common Nonsense
A free online textbook about the scientific method and critical thinking, written for students and professionals in business, law and journalism.

James Lett: Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
The magazine for science and reason.
Resources for critical-thinking.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly or Why It's A Good Idea to Evaluate Web Resources
From Susan E. Beck of the New Mexico State University Library.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators at
Tips on evaluating Web resource.

Evaluating Web Resources
From Jan Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate of Widener University.

San Jose State University: Critical Thinking Resouces
Another good university site that features links to readings exercises and more.

Miscellaneous Reporting Techniques Sites

ASNE: The Local News Handbook

Consumer Price Index
Check the index for your area.

The Privacy Paradox Online
From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Scirus: A great science search tool.

The National Library of Medicine Dietary Supplements Labels Database

Foreign Agent Lobbying Database: From the Sunlight Foundation.

FAO Food Price Database

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