Tools with Ren

Poynter Results

  • Innovation


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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