Try This! — Tools for Journalism

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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.

Try This! — Tools for Journalism is supported by Google News Lab as a part of a partnership with Poynter to help journalists find and use digital tools, including but not limited to Google's tools. This project is also supported by a generous gift from the American Press Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, who fund a digital transformation project at Poynter. Poynter retains editorial control over site content.

More information about Try This!, as well as the rest of Poynter's digital tools articles and training, can be found on our digital tools channel page

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.)

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