3 Helpful Tools for Journalists

There are plenty of tools and apps out there for journalists. But sometimes you need a guide to help you sort through them all. Here are three informative sites that feature the best tools you can use on your beat.

1.) SPJ Journalist’s Toolbox
You can find a wealth of news gathering tools, tips, and resources here in one place – practical stuff that can come in handy if you’re analyzing college campus crime data or simply looking for holiday feature stories. Just today I was just browsing through the Toolbox and I found a link to the National Christmas Tree Association, which offers plenty of  stats  (In 2009 US shoppers bought 28.2 million real Christmas trees, and 11.7 million fake ones) and interesting factoids (This year marks the 500th anniversary of the first decorated Christmas tree. Who knew.)

2.) Mobile Reporting Tools Guide
This helpful booklet was recently published by Will Sullivan (author of Journerdism, one of my favorite blogs of all time). It includes detailed reviews of lenses, lights, tripods, and all sorts of editing apps. [PDF]

This site offers tools for everything: audio, data visualization, maps, polls, video…Props to Chris Amico, the interactive editor for PBS newshour, for putting it all together.


Emily Sweeney is a staff reporter at The Boston Globe. You can follow her on Twitter (@emilysweeney) and find her on Facebook and LinkedIn, among other places.

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