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Zoomcorder.com gives power to people to record Zoom and other video meetings without being at their PC or phone. Simply enter a meeting URL and a recording of the meeting is sent to watch at any convenience time on a phone or PC like a YouTube video.

10-Plus Tips for Online Teaching
Slides from Oregon’s Damian Radcliffe at AEJMC 20.

Inside Higher Ed: Making Remote Learning Relevant

Journalist’s Toolbox: Productivity Tools

Host webinars, meetings and more.

High Fidelity: Online Audio Spaces for Groups and Crowds

Event-hosting site for Zoom. Similar to Eventbrite.

Journalism.co.uk: Journalism Student’s Survival Guide to Online Lectures

Virtually attend any Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, WebEx, Goto Meeting, Goto Webinar video meeting. Get a recording sent to you of the meeting for later viewing and archival purposes.

Record and transcribe Zoom meetings.

Screencast in your browser with the Chrome plug-in.

Screencast in your browser with the Chrome plug-in.



Load a link from a Trello board, Notion, Markdown, Figma, etc. into this browser-based tool and it converts it into a slideshow presentation.


SPJ: Tools for Educators

SPJ Press 4 Education Skills Trainings
Ten short videos on basic journalism skills.

API: Student Journalism Resources
Good materials for profs, advisers too.

News media literacy and journalism lessons.

Hearst Demystifying Media Series
Archive of podcasts and TV interviews about the media. Good for teaching.

TrollBusters: Staying Safe Online and Offline (Student Edition)
Textbook you can order online.

Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder: Finding and Analyzing Underreported Stories

Journalism + Design: Tools for Teachers

NPR: Teaching Podcasting: A Curriculum Guide for Educators

JEA Podcasting Guide

Professionally designed templates in this cool presentation slide-building tool.

Topic-based channels where you can collaborate, share, and just talk about your day without clogging up a group chat. Good option to Slack.

Good for designing documents and handouts.

Resources for journalism instructors at many levels: high school, college, newsroom, etc.

Resources for college journalism instructors.


Teaching Resources for Google News Initiative Tools
Training videos, exercises, tipsheets and more.

Mobile and Social Media Journalism: A Practical Guide
Blogs, tutorials, industry sources, syllabuses and more. Site is tied to a journalism textbook.

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

Poynter: Reliable Resources for College Media Covering COVID-19

American Archive of Public Broadcasting
A vast, searchable and streamable radio and television archive with programs created by public media stations across the country from the past 70+ years. The AAPB includes local, regional and national news coverage, cultural content and more which can be used to provide context around today’s headlines. Searchable transcripts are available and many items can be embedded online.

Verification Handbook
From Craig Silverman, this guide gives you tools to verify digital content for emergency coverage.

Dart Center: Resources for Educators Training Journalists Covering Sensitive Issues
Resources from San Diego State professor Amy Schmitz Weiss on teaching students to cover topics such as suicide, homicides, sexual assaults and other traumatic news events.

The Slot: The Nine Commandments of Caption Writing

PBS MediaShift: Where to Get Journalism Grants
Great list.

GIJN Teaching and Training Tools

Rethinking Schools: Online Geography Test
A good quiz to give young reporters.

Thsrs: The Shorter Thesaurus
A great tool for headline writing. This thesaurus gives you synonyms the same length or shorter than the word you enter. This helps if you’re stuck on a headline and can’t think of a concise word to use on a tight headline count.

AP Style Exercises Online
Developed by Ron Hartung, writing/editing coach at the Tallahassee Democrat.

Poynter: Editor’s Guide to Identifying Plagiarism

No Train, No Gain
A great collection of handouts and contacts for newsroom training.

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.

Television News Center
A public nonprofit that trains TV journalists. Site offers tips, training, etc.

Pressnet: Journalists, Journalism and Mass Media in Internet
Site editors say it’s for “journalists, mass media, students, teachers and professors of the journalism and the social communication.” Includes a world directory and specialized directory.

Plugged In: Using the Internet for High School and Professional Journalism
Downloading this online publication from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation will prove valuable to students and educators, station interns and journalists new to the profession.

Reading List for Innovative Ideas on Journalism Education
From the Online News Association.

Academic Earth
Lectures and teaching resources galore for professors.

Photojournalism e-book: Breaking into Photojournalism
Kenneth Wajda, an author and an award-winning photojournalist, wrote an e-book for students and other photographers interested in how to break into the business of photojournalism. He covers how to find and shoot spot news, the importance of professional ethics and respect, how to build a sports and people portfolio on the side, and how to approach news and photo editors with your photographs. A must-read for aspiring photojournalists.

Connect Online, LLC
An online directory of writing education for journalism, poetry, screenwriting, etc.

Free access to the largest collection of public education data ever assembled.

American Council on Education

American School Directory
Do searches for schools.

Track down Canadian schools.

“Establish a national forum on the design and implementation of education policies that empower all children to achieve their personal bests in school and in life.”

National Center for Education Statistics
A complete electronic catalog and fast facts.

Newsweek: America?s Top 100 High Schools

Department of Education: Public Education Data
Covers elementary and secondary schools from U.S.

Healthy Schools Network

Family Taxpayers Network
Look up teacher salaries at Illinois public schools. Helpful research tool.

U.S. Department of Education: Education Statistics

Academe Today
Chronicle of Higher Education.

National Education Association

Nation’s Report Card
The Department of Education administers NAEP in several subject areas and publishes quantitative results in the participating states.

National Center for Education Stats: School Locator
A great search tool.

Overview of Public School Districts, 2001-02
From the National Center for Education Stats.

Educating School Leaders Report

Public School Student, Staff and Graduate Counts (2001-02)

College Opportunities Online
Links to more than 9,000 colleges, trade schools and universities in the United States.

National Tutoring Association

Network Nuggets
Links to dozens of education sites.


Education Week
Electronic version of the magazine. Daily news updates.

National Assessment of Educational Progress
NAEP was mandated by Congress to monitor knowledge, skills, and performance of the nation’s children.

National Institute for Early Education Research

MSN.com: Beating Scholarship Fraud
Seven tips from experts.

FinAid.org: Basics on College Financial Aid

Year Out Group
Offers resources on taking a year off before college.

Taking Off
Offers resources on taking a year off before college.

Washington Post Education Coverage

The National Home Education Research Institute

Links to several good stories and education sites.

Coalition for Student and Academic Rights (COSTAR)
A network of lawyers, professors and students aimed at protecting academic rights. Good for finding sources and backgrounding.

Electronic School News

National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators
Only a bunch of academics could have a title this long. It’s a good site though, with links of interest and a newsletter.

Claims it’s the “first global portal for children, parents and teachers.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

SelectSurf Education Links
Links to several great education sites.

Education Index

Privately run site covers mostly Arizona and California; may expand to other states.

School Wise Press
Compare California schools by using variables such as test scores and demographics.

Offers studies and stats on teacher shortages nationwide.

National Assessment of Educational Progress

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) Home Page

Association of School Business Officials

National Association of Secondary School Principals

National Association of Elementary School Principals

Generation YES: Youth and Educators Succeeding
Several cool projects, including a youth technology mentorship program.

Education Publications

Curriculum Services

Council of Chief State School Officers

Council of the Great City Schools

Title I Report

LessonTutor.com: Study Tools
Great for back-to-school stories, this is a list of study tools for school kids.

Roll Call Online

Find helpful sites for research.

Universities List

USA Colleges

AcademicInfo.net Research Resources
Has links on the 9-11 tragedy and other information.

Special Ed News
Focuses on special education and student/teaching needs.

Learning Exchange
News updates, education links and more.

Awards non-profit and philanthropy grants. Site has a publications, newsletters, research and sources page that could be helpful to journalists.

Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning
A good links/resource page, state resources and more.

A state-by-state breakdown of cybercheating, based on papers tested through Plagiarism.org’s Turnitin.com program.

This is an information and resource site for high school athletes who want to apply for college athletic scholarships. Teaches students basic communication skills.

The Youth Free Expression Network (Y-FEN)
An anti-censorship coalition to challenge Internet filters, v-chips, abstinence-only education, etc.

America’s Alumni Directory

Features an alumni directory and more.

Bullying Online
A UK journalist shares this site, which is based in England but deals with school bullying issues from all over the world. Many reference and tips for parents, administrators, kids, etc.

Scholastic Research Tools: Women’s History

American Alumni Directory

Nearly 5,000 listings of colleges, universities.

Five College Archives Digital Access Project

Women In World History Curriculum

American Women’s History: A Research Guide

Internet Women’s History Sourcebook

Alliance for Catholic Education
Run by Notre Dame, this site offers news, resources, etc.

School Nutrition Association
Many helpful resources, including food safety, legislative action, newsroom, recipes, nutritional facts, studies, etc.

Edutopia.org: George Lucas Educational Foundation
Video library, teacher training, development tools and more.

Teacher Planet
Lesson plans, research, calendar of events and other resources for teachers. Includes some current events and journalism teaching resources.

WorldClock Time Zones
Track your time zone from any other city/zone in the world.


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