Great resources for the modern journalist


Frank Wiese, Senior Editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, shared some of the tools he says he’s learned in just the last five years in Saturday morning’s Training and Arming the Modern Reporter session.

Wiese encourages using a combination of these tools to achieve “powerful things.”

Document CloudDocumentCloud runs every document you upload through OpenCalais, giving you access to extensive information about the people, places and organizations mentioned in each.

Google Docs Free, web-based office suite offered by Google. The program allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating with other users live.

Fusion Tables– Data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share data tables. (Fusion Tables are an extension of Google Docs.)

Twitter  – A common tool used by most journalists, however, Wiese stresses the importance of using search to find news events. – “Tool for sleep-deprived journalists,” Wiese joked. Great for setting up auto-tweets through several accounts.

IFTT – Connecting social media tools together for an effective spread of information.

Python – Widely used general-purpose, high-level programming language. Great way to gather information off service and archive for newsroom.

Beautiful Soup – Module for Python

API: An application programming interface that specifies how some software components should interact with each other. The government is releasing information in non-traditional formats, like APIs. A powerful tool for connecting resources.

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