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

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  • Innovation

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    These tools will help you find the right images for your stories

    It's a hard sell to get anyone to read an article online if that article doesn't have an image. Most audiences find posts through social or search, both of which have a visual element. Articles without images show up as boring texts blocks that few will see and even fewer will click through.

    But what do you do if you don't have an image? Luckily, there are a variety of image hosting sites with generous licenses that journalists can sort through. No image, no problem.

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    These tools will help you parse treasures from trends in your archives

    All news organizations want to increase social engagement and traffic flow to their sites. Short of hiring more staff or buying followers (hint: don't do that), the easiest way to get a boost in traffic is to post to social at untraditional times, most often overnight. 

    But what to post? Most news organizations' archives are full of timely, still-relevant information that viewers would love to read. Here's how to surface those posts.

  • Innovation

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    These tools will save, highlight and share your best work

    We often pump out so much work that we forget or don't have the time to look back at what we've done. That often means that by the time we need to reference it again, or show it to a potential new employer, it has somehow vanished from the internet.

    Luckily, there's a glut of tools that make it easy to save and share the work that you've accomplished. Some even save articles in case the sites they're on go down. 

  • 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.

  • Innovation

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    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.

  • Innovation

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    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.

  • Innovation

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    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.

  • Innovation

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    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?

 
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