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Here are links to a bunch of the tools I think are pretty useful for journalists. Let me know if you think I should add something to the list.

  • Storytelling Toolbox/Menu Presentation
  • twXplorer – A useful way to search Twitter.
  • How to search Twitter by Geolocation
  • ThingLink – To annotate photos so that readers an interact with them.
  • Infogr.am – A free-mium tool for interactive infographs (here are a couple others:piktochartvisual.ly, easel.ly)
  • Datawrapper – charts and maps
  • Tableau Public – Advanced data visualization tool. (They offer a free version if you publish your visualizations publically. If you want to keep more control over access, you have to pay, though there are some discounts for educators).
  • Caspio – Tool to create searchable databases (and do a bunch of other things with data, including visualizations). There is a free version, which is linked here, but the free version is limited in features.
  • TimelineJS – A free tool to allow for the creation of interaction timelines
  • StorymapJS – A free tool for the creation of interactive storytelling maps
  • JuxtaposeJS – A free and easy tool to create photo comparison sliders
  • SceneVR – a free and easy tool for make stories with 360-degree video
  • SoundciteJS – A free and easy to use tool to add audio layers to your stories.
  • StorylineJS – A free tool to add annotations to line charts
  • ThingLink – Tool that allows you to essentially make any image interactive by adding a clickable multimedia layer.
  • Storytelling with Google Maps – a resource page from Google
  • MapAList – Easily map location data
  • Canva – easy to use design tool, especially useful for designing social posts
  • If This Then That (IFTTT) and ways that journalists can use it
  • Various mobile apps from Adobe (especially Capture CC, Comp CC, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Fix, and Premiere Clip).
    • Look at Adobe Spark, which has three tools (Spark Page, Spark Video, and Spark Post. Spark Page is used to package web content. Video is used to create animated videos with narration. And Spark Post is a great tool to quickly design social media content.)
  • Videolicious – A fast way to make broadcast-style videos on your iOS device (StoryMaker is one I’ve heard that is similar for Android)
  • PlayBuzz – tool to create interactive quizzes that are embeddable on your site.
  • Powtoon – Create animations, including infographic videos.
  • Wayback Machine – Look at what websites looked like in the past.
  • Hemingway Editor – App highlights complicated, complex sentences, helping you edit.

And here are a couple places where I learn about new tools: