Tools with Ren

Poynter Results

  • Innovation

    Article

    This tool makes custom surveys that are actually accurate

    How well do your surveys reflect the community? This tool can help. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! I know it’s only Thursday, but I thought it might be a good time for us to pull a “Freaky Friday.” Have you seen that movie?

    LaForme: Oh! I saw the one from the 2000s with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Is that what you’re talking about?

  • Innovation

    Article

    This tool puts professional video editing in your pocket

    Are you editing videos on your phone? This tool might make it hard not to start. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! Did you give out candy or take candy this year for Halloween?

    LaForme: A little bit of both. I wore a Winnie the Pooh onesie and sat on my friends’ porch with a drink in hand, waiting for trick-or-treaters. We only saw about 30. Still, a fun night. How about you?

  • Innovation

    Article

    This tool will help you build a chatbot

    This week's tool takes a step into the future, as our colleague Nick Saffan shares the bot-building tool he learned how to use at the Online News Association conference last week and the two bots he has already built with it.

    Hare: Hey, Ren! 

    LaForme: Hey, Kristen! Welcome back from ONA. I might be saying this too soon, but I actually didn’t catch the conference funk this time. Did you pick up anything?

  • Innovation

    Article

    This tool archives the sites you surf with shareable links

    How do you save what's behind your work? How do you share and show it? This week's tool offers a lot of ways to do all those things. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren!

    LaForme: Hi, Kristen! You’ve been working really hard this week on some great articles. Thanks for taking a few minutes to chat with me.

    Hare: Thank you! (We’re not talking hurricanes, right? Please say we’re not.)

  • Digital Tools

    Article

    Newsrooms used Facebook groups to help cover Hurricane Irma

    We have a lot of new ways to stay in touch with our communities when big news hits, but during Hurricane Irma, some newsrooms turned to a tool that's been out there for awhile – Facebook groups. Here's how they did it. 

    Hare: Are you as tired as I am this week, Ren?

    LaForme: I just un-evacuated St. Petersburg. Is that a word? It is now. Anyway, it took 16 hours to make a nine-hour drive. I’m pretty tired.

  • Innovation

    Article

    This tool builds recipes for making everyday tasks easier

    What if one tool could tie together other tools you're using and make everything streamlined? This week, we look at a tool that's been around for awhile and does exactly that.

    Hare: Hi, Ren! Do your eyeballs still work after the eclipse?

    LaForme: I’m seeing a few spots, but I am otherwise OK. How about you?

    Hare: All good! What are we talking about this week?

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