Tools make our journalism more powerful. They unleash our storytelling potential, unlock secrets in data, and help us share stories in new and compelling ways.
As newsroom ranks and audience attention spans shrink, tools are indispensable. Lucky for us, more and better ones are released every day.
Poynter, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and with the support of the American Press Institute, has committed to finding, sharing and provide training around the best journalism tools. We understand that great tools can be difficult to find and harder to learn (though you’d be surprised how quickly some of them will make their way into your daily work). We’re here to help.
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Learn how to use the best tools with our free digital tools webinar series
Our digital tools tutorial series offers comprehensive overviews, in-depth training, ideas and more for tools that we have handpicked from the crowd as some of the most useful for journalists. Each tutorial lasts between an hour and an hour and a half, is available at any time from any location and is completely free.
Social Media Tools
- Cultivating Local News Communities with Facebook Groups – Facebook Groups are an exciting way to build communities, especially on the local level. At a time when Facebook has deemphasized news on its feed, Facebook Groups also remain an effective way to interact with audiences and share meaningful stories with interested people. This webinar will discuss best practices in starting a topical Facebook group, how to involve your newsroom and how to keep the conversation going.
- Find Stories in Data Faster and Collaborate Better with data.world – Data.world helps journalists of any expertise and career level quickly find stories in data; collaborate on data projects with colleagues and with other newsrooms; add depth, relevance and vital context to reporting; build trust with readers; and extend the life of stories.
- Build Interactive Data Visualizations with Tableau Public – In this special two-hour workshop, learn to create, publish and share interactive data visualizations using Tableau Public, a free and powerful data visualization tool. We start with a tour of the Tableau interface, connect to an example data set, create a few visualizations and then pull those visualizations together to make a dashboard.
Video and Audio Tools
- Engage Audiences with Interactive Video with Verse – Verse gives viewers the option to navigate to sidebars like interactive Q&As for valuable interview extras that didn’t fit the main story, explore multimedia slideshows with video and photos and experience non-linear stories using the Pathfinder tool. It helps viewers find their own path through stories, resulting in higher engagement and happier viewers.
- Upgrade Your Transcription and Audio Editing Workflows with Descript – Descript is a new app that harnesses the most advanced automatic transcription technology to create the world’s first audio word processor.
- Build and Monetize Reader Relationships with Parse.ly: A Digital Tools Tutorial – Parse.ly provides digital publishers with clear audience insights to answer questions about how readers are responding to content.
- Fact-Check It: Digital Tools to Verify Everything Online – Learn how to check the veracity of images using tools like RevEye and Google’s Reverse Image Search, pick apart viral social media videos with InVid and YouTube Dataviewer and assess social media profiles with Account Analysis and StalkScan.
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For more great journalism tools, visit Knight Lab’s tools projects