Resources (LINKS!)

This is a list of links I’ve been compiling over the years. It is continually updated. Credit goes to a number of sources, including Amy Webb of Webbmedia Group and Katy Culver of University of Wisconsin-Madison and so many others.

Organizing and Storage Tools

  • Ping: Allows you to update your various social media status from one app.
  • DropBox: Great place to put documents etc that you’d like to share with people. Also a good way to backup your stuff on the cloud. Course you have to remember to actually upload the file.
  • SugarSync: Like DropBox, this allows you to upload files to the cloud. You can share them too. You do have to pay to upgrade.
  • Evernote: Kind of like Delicious but on a much grander scale. Allows you to capture actual web pages, video, everything and stores it both locally and on the cloud; has apps that help you organize. Quite nifty.
  • Delicious: Allows you to capture links and organize them like a clipping file
  • Selective Tweets: Updates your Facebook with only the Tweets you choose
  • Tweecious: A Firefox add-on that will aggregate your twitter feed for you into your delicious account
  • This is a great program that allows you to create, say, a presentation of websites.

Reporting Online (Finding Information, Search, Networking)

  • Search engine that does data visualization around the keyword. In beta.
  • allows you to go back in time and and find that URL you wanted to write down but never did. Let’s you search all of your own files in DropBox. It is a personalized search engine basically.
  • Quora: Crowd-sourced questions and answers.
  • Viewdle: A social camera (for Android; in beta); Imagine being in a crowded meeting and being able to identify that source speaking by pointing your phone camera at them and having your phone tell you who they are.
  • Emotional Surveying! Check out what the Guardian has been doing with gauging emotional environment for people.
  • Precognition reporting (in other words: what’s the future?): Terminator Vision app (created during a hackathon) and Recorded Future to keep you up on future trends etc. Cool, cool stuff.
  • Social proximity networks: These sites go beyond Foursquare and gowalla to target very specific social circles — Shortlist (conference networking; in beta), Sonar (uses Foursquare to identify who is next to you), Street Spark, and Nerd Nearby.
  • Ethics of Online Reporting: ASNE’s 10 Best Practices of Social Media

Multimedia Concepts, Programs, Examples

Interactive Platforms, Tools

Storytelling Today

  • Narratively: A cool new New-York-based project that strives to tell the stories of the weird, interesting and cool people in the Big Apple. Trying to get funding via kickstarter.
  • Kickstarter: Kickstarter is an online forum to connect people who have interesting projects with donors.
  • The Pulitzer Center is doing some really great long-form storytelling these days, particularly with a new project involving e-book publishing.
  • The blog as a narrative form. This is mediajunk’s proposal for a longer essay, but I liked what was said in a fairly short amount of space about blogging as story.

Finding, Building Audiences Online

Detecting BS Online

  • RegretThe Error
  • How Long Have You Been Tweeting? Check how long the twitter account has been around.
  • Klout: Everyone who has been active in social media has garnered a “score” of 1-100. The higher the score, the more active and influential they are.
  • Identify (Firefox) and HoverMe (Chrome): A way to identify someone online; shows you their combined social-media profile.
  • Exif: data embedded on photos. Accessing the data via any number of programs can show you, among other things, date and time the photo was taken.
  • Image Error Level Analysis: This helps you determine if an image has been manipulated.
  • WhoisNet: Allows you to look up the history of a domain name.
  • PRChecker: Check’s Google’s page ranking of any site.

Good places to look for public-domain images, videos, etc.

Metrics and Research for Social Media Platforms (H/T to RazorSocial)

Data Visualization

Ethics and Law for Journalists

Great Sources of Information for Reporters

  • US Census: Data on anything and everything derived form the government’s regular census (sometimes down to the neighborhood!)
  • Gallop Polls: Need some quick gauges of how people are thinking on certain topics?
  • Lexis Nexis: Accessed through your university or newsroom subscriptions, this database will show you everything that’s been written on a topic in major news pubs, trade press and everything in between.
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission: The SEC holds all the filings for all public and nonprofit companies such as annual reports. Great reading!
  • The US Government & Accountability Office: Nicknamed the government watchdog, GAO has reports and testimonies of all their investigations into various federal policies.
  • Hoovers: A great resource (particularly if your school or news organizations) for information on industries and business.


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