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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’s Try This! — Tools for Journalism is an effort to find, share 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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  • Digital Tools

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    13 questions to ask before adopting new tools or changes in the newsroom

    Getting people to try new things in the workplace can be challenging. But it’s nearly impossible after they’ve witnessed change after botched change tossed aside to progress’ junk heap.

    As newsroom leaders, colleagues and employees, it’s our duty to keep open to change and work to make sure our coworkers remain willing, too.

    There are four distinct attitudes about change in any workplace: willing adopters, cautious enthusiasts, skeptics and the fatigued. 

  • Innovation

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    These tools will make your work and your work life better

    We talked about a lot of tools here this year. What were your favorites? Here are ours. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! It’s beginning to look a lot like time for a highlights article to end the year. Before we start, I just want to say how much fun these are each week (for me at least.) Thanks for being on the hunt for ways to make our work better.

    LaForme: Kristen! Working with you on these is always such a delight. I hope some of these things I’ve shared have helped you and the folks who read these things.

  • Digital Tools

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    Your 17 favorite tools for journalism from 2017

    Let’s celebrate what we did right this year. I crawled through all of 2017’s newsletters and pulled out the tools you enjoyed the best from each one. Consider this the list of most interesting journalism tools in 2017.

  • Innovation

    Article

    This tool digitizes documents and receipts from your phone

    How are you saving paper? This week's tools makes it easier. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! What are we talking about today?

    LaForme: Hi, Kristen! It’s getting close to the end of the year and I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the stuff you think about at the end of the year. Mostly money. Well, always money. But more right now.

  • Digital Tools

    Article

    Who's that interrogating you? These tools can help you avoid a sting

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here.

    Friends call it creepy. Then they ask me to look up their Tinder dates. It's probably weird, but I love to research the people I meet.

  • Innovation

    Article

    This tool helps you save those videos you worked so hard on

    Maybe you've figured out how to save your words before the internet eats them. This week's tool can help you save your videos, too. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! Happy almost December! What are we talking about today?

    LaForme: Hi, Kristen! We talked a bit about why it’s important to save your work a couple months ago. I recommended using the Internet Archive to find and download old content.

  • Digital Tools

    Article

    Drop the jargon and write like a human with the help of this tool

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here.

    Someone told me way back in J-school that journalists should write at an eighth-grade reading level. Or maybe it was sixth. Either way, like many of us, I’ve largely ignored that advice out of vanity. And sometimes laziness.

  • Innovation

    Article

    This tool will remind you to have some fun, too

    Tools can help us tell better stories, cover our communities and stay on top of digital changes. Also, sometimes, they can just be fun. This week's tool is a great reminder of that. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! How was your tofurkey?

    LaForme: So one year, not too long after I stopped eating poultry, my mom did a really nice thing for me by buying and cooking a tofurkey. Sorry if you’re reading this mom, but it was so gross that I haven’t touched anything like it since. I mostly stick to side dishes on T-day these days.

  • Digital Tools

    Article

    The best automatic transcription tools for journalists

    Automatic transcription tools have been on the market for a while now, and they’re finally getting good. It now takes just a few minutes, and a few dollars, to upload audio or video to a site and receive a fairly comprehensive transcript. 

 
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