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105 Free Multimedia Journalism Tools (2013)


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105 Free Multimedia Journalism Tools (2013)

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  9. 9. PLATFORMS The platform’s primary asset is its simple ease of use, said Michael Cervieri, adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He said Tumblr users can easily publish multimedia content — text, images, audio, video, quotes, links or chats – in just a few clicks after logging in. LINKFriday, March 1, 13
  10. 10. PLATFORMS Allows user to create a free blog quickly and easily.Friday, March 1, 13
  11. 11. PLATFORMS Allows user to create web pages in typical Google fashion -- simply and intuitively.Friday, March 1, 13
  12. 12. PLATFORMS Named one of TIMEs 50 Best Websites, Weebly has an easy, drag & drop interface to create your own website.Friday, March 1, 13
  13. 13. PLATFORMS Make your own free website with photos, videos and ecommerce. Free web hosting.Friday, March 1, 13
  14. 14. PLATFORMS Allows user to create more sophisticated-looking Flash sites. Investigative Journalist theme.Friday, March 1, 13
  15. 15. PLATFORMS Allows user to create more sophisticated-looking Flash sites. Investigative Journalist theme.Friday, March 1, 13
  16. 16. PLATFORMS Journalists getting into the blogging game can learn the basics about popular publishing platform WordPress with this video by Emmy award-winning journalist and ICFJ trainer Patricio Espinoza. LINKFriday, March 1, 13
  17. 17. PLATFORMS How is using WordPress MU and BuddPress to create a new model for citizen journalist engagement in New Jersey. LINKFriday, March 1, 13
  18. 18. PLATFORMS An In-Depth Review Of Pressfolios, The Newest Portfolio Site For JournalistsFriday, March 1, 13
  19. 19. PLATFORMS “Everything has done so far has been about making life easier for journalists — quick, easy to use and a clean design,” founder Nicholas Holmes says here.Friday, March 1, 13
  20. 20. PLATFORMS While it’s not specifically geared to journalists, many find it useful because you can stream all your social networking sites, videos, RSS feeds and a variety of other content into one page. Source here..Friday, March 1, 13
  21. 21. PLATFORMS Even though it isn’t exactly an online portfolio site, is all about promoting yourself. Source here..Friday, March 1, 13
  22. 22. WORKFLOW Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail as easy as email, free US long distance, etc. Push ‘4’ on your keypad, and Google Voice records your call.Friday, March 1, 13
  23. 23. WORKFLOW Google Docs for Journalists: An Introduction (, March 1, 13
  24. 24. WORKFLOW Simply better phone calls - free visual voicemail, caller ID, call blocking, voicemail sharing and ‘ditchmail’!Friday, March 1, 13
  25. 25. WORKFLOW Rapportive replaces the ads in your GMail account with publicly available information about the person who sent you the email: links to their social networking accounts, their photo and biographical info, even a live feed of their tweets. Not only that, if you mouse over other email addresses included in the email, those people’s info shows up, too.Friday, March 1, 13
  26. 26. WORKFLOW “Pipl returned an impressive number of results for my own name, including my personal homepage, press mentions, SEC documents, MySpace page, Amazon wishlist and profile—stuff I didnt realize or forgot was online.” (Source)Friday, March 1, 13
  27. 27. WORKFLOW “Spokeo became the first firm sued by the FTC for sale of data collected from online sources, including social media, for employment screening purposes.” (, March 1, 13
  28. 28. WORKFLOW Using Dropbox for JournalismFriday, March 1, 13
  29. 29. WORKFLOW Pixlr is a free online photo editor. Edit, adjust and filter your images.Friday, March 1, 13
  30. 30. WORKFLOW GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.Friday, March 1, 13
  31. 31. WORKFLOW is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research.Friday, March 1, 13
  32. 32. WORKFLOW Photosynth is a software application from Microsoft Live Labs and the University of Washington that analyzes digital photographs and generates a three-dimensional model of the photos and a point cloud of a photographed object. (Wikipedia)Friday, March 1, 13
  33. 33. WORKFLOW Create, share and collaboratively work on mind maps with MindMeister, the leading online mind mapping software. Includes apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.Friday, March 1, 13
  34. 34. WORKFLOW XMind is the kind of free application that makes you forget youre not paying for the privilege of using it. (Source)Friday, March 1, 13
  35. 35. WORKFLOW Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.Friday, March 1, 13
  36. 36. WORKFLOW SimpleNote is a note-taking app that syncs what you write — whether you’re using a mobile device or a computer — live to the Web. It’s been around for two years but got a very significant update (tags, versioning, word count, sharing) in August. Its real power lies in its ability to work with a host of other desktop and mobile apps and browser extensions.Friday, March 1, 13
  37. 37. WORKFLOW Piklist is not your standard plugin… it’s a system for adding power to your website.  Turn WordPress into a full- featured contact manager, customer portal and anything else you can think of.Friday, March 1, 13
  38. 38. WORKFLOW Markupwand is a PSD to HTML web app that allows you to upload PSD files and automagically converts them into HTML & CSS, emailing you the data. (Source)Friday, March 1, 13
  39. 39. WORKFLOW Audacity Basics for Journalists (YouTube)Friday, March 1, 13
  40. 40. WORKFLOW Transcribe is a free Google Chrome extension that assists the user in transcribing audio files to text.Friday, March 1, 13
  41. 41. WORKFLOW You can add Googles professional level speech recognition support to your web pages just by adding the webkit speech input element. (, March 1, 13
  42. 42. WORKFLOW By providing a single place to store all your newsrooms data PANDA will encourage knowledge sharing, prevent the loss of information and slow knowledge attrition when reporters retire or change jobs. Never again should more than one reporter FOIA the same dataset. (Source)Friday, March 1, 13
  43. 43. WORKFLOW New York Times to Launch Online Corrections Form (Poynter)Friday, March 1, 13
  44. 44. WORKFLOW Disqus is featured on many major publications, such as CNN, Daily Telegraph and IGN and about 750,000 blogs and websites. (Wikipedia)Friday, March 1, 13
  45. 45. WORKFLOW Good for comment moderation: “IntenseDebate offers some truly hardcore moderation options. Customize your settings to moderate by keywords, number of links, commenter email, and/or IP addresses.” (Source)Friday, March 1, 13
  46. 46. CURATION 10 Ways Journalists Can Use Storify (, March 1, 13
  47. 47. CURATION Storyplanet, which was backed by MITs Joichi Ito and former head of online at Al Jazeera English Mohamed Nanabhay, lets journalists package content into interactive experiencesFriday, March 1, 13
  48. 48. CURATION Storyful is the first news agency of the social media age. From Storyful’s Blog: "We learned the first task of a breaking newswire in the age of social media is to avoid repeating what everyone already knows. It is not enough to declare an event has happened. A social newswire must provide the raw material for context, understanding and depth."Friday, March 1, 13
  49. 49. CURATION is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.Friday, March 1, 13
  50. 50. CURATION is best for curating a topic over a sustained period.Friday, March 1, 13
  51. 51. CURATION Create topic pages with photos, videos, tweets and documents. Share them with everyone.Friday, March 1, 13
  52. 52. CURATION Pearltrees is a visual and collaborative curation tool that allows users to collect, organize and share any URL they find online.Friday, March 1, 13
  53. 53. CURATION Instapaper is an application aimed at time-shifting the consumption of online content, including journalism.Friday, March 1, 13
  54. 54. CURATION Utopic provides the fastest one-click bookmarking with auto-tagging.Friday, March 1, 13
  55. 55. PUBLICATION There are some great examples of individual writers, journalists and independent news sites using Audioboo. Community site has used the app to upload audio of breaking news events, with editor James Hatts describing the tool as having the idiot-proof brilliance of the Flip camera. Meanwhile micro news site Towcester News has started experimenting with the app - including this short interview with Formula One commentary legend Murray Walker. "The beauty of the medium is the brevity," editor of the Onion Bag Blog, Jason Cobb, tells, March 1, 13
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  57. 57. PUBLICATION User-friendly liveblogging software.Friday, March 1, 13
  58. 58. PUBLICATION Mobile Journalism with Ustream, the worlds largest live interactive streaming platform with nearly 60 million unique monthly viewersFriday, March 1, 13
  59. 59. PUBLICATION Five Creative Uses of Document Cloud (10,000 Words)Friday, March 1, 13
  60. 60. PUBLICATION The organization uses the concept of crowdsourcing for social activism and public accountability, serving as an initial model for what has been coined as activist mapping - the combination of social activism, citizen journalism and geospatial information. Ushahidi offers products that enable local observers to submit reports using their mobile phones or the internet, while simultaneously creating a temporal and geospatial archive of events. Most recently, Al Jazeera Balkans deployed Ushahidi crisis mapping platform on Feb 5, 2012 to track the snow/cold emergency in the Balkans. (Wikipedia)Friday, March 1, 13
  61. 61. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Create, share and explore stunning high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramic photography with GigaPans revolutionary technology.Friday, March 1, 13
  62. 62. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Media Future Now: Dipity and “Journalism Through Digital Storytelling”Friday, March 1, 13
  63. 63. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Timeline JS Picked Up by Journalists Worldwide (Knight Lab)Friday, March 1, 13
  64. 64. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Examples of ProPublica’s Timeline Setter in action. (10,000 Words)Friday, March 1, 13
  65. 65. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Storytelling with VuVox. Examples on, March 1, 13
  66. 66. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Interactive, embeddable and customizable wordclouds.Friday, March 1, 13
  67. 67. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING This is a simple way to make your own maps and use maps for making apps.Friday, March 1, 13
  68. 68. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Data visualisation tools from IBM. Site allows users to upload data and then produce graphic representations for others to view and comment upon.Friday, March 1, 13
  69. 69. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Google Fusion Tables are used by many news outlets to build data visualisations. Fusion Tables enables users to transform data into visualisations such as charts and maps, which can then be embedded into news sites. Users can also combine data sets.Friday, March 1, 13
  70. 70. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING currently offers a sample of free infographics which journalists can create based on certain data entered, such as a hashtag or Twitter accounts.Friday, March 1, 13
  71. 71. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Piktochart helps users create engaging presentations from their data/informationFriday, March 1, 13
  72. 72. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Based on the Google Chart API, Hohli is a brilliant tool to create great charts the way you like them. It will let you create lines, bar and pie charts, Venn diagrams, radar charts and scatter plots.Friday, March 1, 13
  73. 73. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Visualizing data with Tableau, a trainers perspectiveFriday, March 1, 13
  74. 74. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING GeoCommons delivers visual analytics through maps. We make it possible to view massive amounts of data, make decisions and solve problems with no prior experience.Friday, March 1, 13
  75. 75. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Add interactivity to your data stories. is built with newsrooms in mind.Friday, March 1, 13
  76. 76. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Cowbird aims to be the "worlds simplest and most beautiful storytelling tools", and enables users to create multimedia stories with audio, images, text and other features.Friday, March 1, 13
  77. 77. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING ThingLink offers the ability to make images interactive by adding points to a still image and attaching links, such as to other content, multimedia or social media pages.Friday, March 1, 13
  78. 78. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING According to TechCrunch, "it’s the e-commerce angle that will likely interest publishers the most", with Taggstar, with the ability to make images "shoppable" with links to products.Friday, March 1, 13
  79. 79. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING A mixed media packaging tool that allows you to make interactive documentaries in new formats with sound, videos, pictures and text.Friday, March 1, 13
  80. 80. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING The tool lets journalists create "moments", which are they key parts of a story, and can include a range of multimedia content such as images, YouTube videos and links to outside articles and wider content. These can then plotted on a timeline and map, with audio overlay for a narrative if required.Friday, March 1, 13
  81. 81. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Can Prezi be a storytelling tool for online journalists? (, March 1, 13
  82. 82. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Popcorn Maker lets users place tweets, maps, links to other web content and images on top of video from YouTube or Vimeo, or audio from SoundCloud. The original media file – whether video or audio – is added to Popcorn Maker by pasting in the URL.Friday, March 1, 13
  83. 83. ALTERNATIVESTORYTELLING Allows you to analyze relationships among civic, political and business leaders in a country, or a city, or a company or any organized collection of people. Visualizes relationships within these power and influence networks.Friday, March 1, 13
  84. 84. MOBILE Turn phone into a document scanner, fax, PDF creator and more.Friday, March 1, 13
  85. 85. MOBILE Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects.Friday, March 1, 13
  86. 86. MOBILE Access your entire photo library on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac devices.Friday, March 1, 13
  87. 87. MOBILE Instagram is more about branding and engagement than eyeballs and dollars. After some campaign trail experimentation, the Associated Press is encouraging its staff photographers to use their personal Instagram feeds in a professional capacity. How Journalists are Using Instagram (, March 1, 13
  88. 88. MOBILE How News is Delivered Through Vine (, March 1, 13
  89. 89. MOBILE Listen to live audio from over 3,600 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world (primarily in the United States and Australia, with more being added daily) on your phone.Friday, March 1, 13
  90. 90. MOBILE * Watch live and recent videos, discover upcoming events * Broadcast live to any number of viewers using the camera of your device * Interact with your audience by issuing a poll or chatting * Access your Ustream Crowds and events that you’re attendingFriday, March 1, 13
  91. 91. MOBILE An intelligent video editor that stitches clips together, adds transitions, and lets you add an audio track of your own.Friday, March 1, 13
  92. 92. MOBILE Scan for Wi-Fi hotspots around you Search for public Wi-Fi anywhere in the world View Wi-Fi hotspot detail, call location, get directions or share the hotspot Filter results by location (cafe, hotel, etc.) or provider type Works both online and offlineFriday, March 1, 13
  96. 96. MOBILE TweetDeck is your mobile browser for staying in touch with whats happening on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz. TweetDeck makes it easy to stay up to date and organized no matter where you are.Friday, March 1, 13
  97. 97. MOBILE Banjo integrates the largest social networks to provide an on-the-ground view of what’s happening anyplace at anytime. Reporters use it to direct msg people near breaking news locations.Friday, March 1, 13
  98. 98. RESOURCES Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios.Friday, March 1, 13
  99. 99. RESOURCES The Acronym Finder is a searchable database of over 4 million acronyms, abbreviations and meanings.Friday, March 1, 13
  100. 100. RESOURCES The Name Engine provides the correct name pronunciations of athletes, entertainers, politicians, newsmakers, and more. Even well-known names are often pronounced in different ways, leaving you to wonder what the correct pronunciation is. Youll find the right answer here. Better yet, youll actually hear the right answer.Friday, March 1, 13
  101. 101. RESOURCES Downloadable fonts with a variety of usage rights/restrictions.Friday, March 1, 13
  102. 102. RESOURCES Search through more than 297,000 free icons. Browse icon sets by category, artist, popularity, date.Friday, March 1, 13
  103. 103. RESOURCES is a site rich with resources for copy editors and those who teach it. Tips sheets, quizzes, even Dow Jones copy editing practice tests.Friday, March 1, 13
  104. 104. RESOURCES Where to find free sound effects and royalty-free music (10,000 Words)Friday, March 1, 13
  105. 105. RESOURCES Stories that are best enjoyed away from your desk — whether it’s on a daily commute, an airplane, a subway, or your couch. It’s in-depth stories, perfect for the iPad, iPhone or Kindle, and apps like Read It Later, Flipboard and Instapaper. (, March 1, 13
  106. 106. RESOURCES The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you.Friday, March 1, 13
  107. 107. RESOURCES RebelMouse is your social front page. Connect all of your networks to create a beautiful, dynamic site in seconds. ‘Five Ways to Use Social Media Curator RebelMouse’ (Poynter)Friday, March 1, 13
  108. 108. RESOURCES Leveraging Klout in journalism (example from The Buttry Diary): “Went to Klout, searched “mets” (both topics and influencers), then sent @tweets to the handful of the “experts” with higher-than-average Klout scores.Result was a few retweets and links … and our most-viewed story of the day. Seems like a great way to help move anything in the universe of “features.”Friday, March 1, 13
  109. 109. RESOURCES Directory of all congressional Twitter handles.Friday, March 1, 13
  110. 110. RESOURCES This may be one of the most useful tools ever invented for media professionals, particularly those working in public relations. Muck Rack has launched a platform to filter and analyze how journalists are covering the news in real-time. Its best feature is a handy tracking tool that emails users when journalists tweet about relevant terms. (, March 1, 13
  111. 111. RESOURCES This may be one of the most useful tools ever invented for media professionals, particularly those working in public relations. Muck Rack has launched a platform to filter and analyze how journalists are covering the news in real-time. Its best feature is a handy tracking tool that emails users when journalists tweet about relevant terms. (, March 1, 13
  112. 112. RESOURCES This may be one of the most useful tools ever invented for media professionals, particularly those working in public relations. Muck Rack has launched a platform to filter and analyze how journalists are covering the news in real-time. Its best feature is a handy tracking tool that emails users when journalists tweet about relevant terms. (, March 1, 13
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