Tuesday, December 31, 2013

22 Tools & Apps For Bloggers & Digital Journalists

1. Storify: A journalist favorite!

No list of journalism tools would be complete without Storify. This tool allows you to drag and drop tweets, YouTube videos and other social media elements into a post and add explainers.

2. Datawrapper: Easy-to-use tool for creating charts built by journalists, for journalists

Datawapper is quick and easy to use. Simply copy a table from a spreadsheet, paste it into a box on Datawapper, and click a button to create an interactive chart. You can then copy and paste the iframe code to embed it

3. ThingLink: Add rich links to images

If you have a photograph or image that needs some explanation, use ThingLink to add links to media, such as Wikipedia, YouTube and Twitter.

4. Timeline JS: Make a Google spreadsheet an interactive timeline
Creating timelines using Timeline JS is a joy. It is as simple as entering date details, image URLs, and captions in a Google spreadsheet. The instructions are on this page.

5. Tableau: Make interactive data visualisations

Tableau Public is a free tool for making interactive graphs and other visualizations that allow your readers to explore the numbers behind a story.

Here is one published by The Wall Street Journal.

6. Storyful MultiSearch: Rapid social media searches

This Chrome app allows you to enter a keyword and search a range of social media platforms with a single mouse click. A series of browser tabs are opened and you can toggle through the results.

7. WolframAlpha: A smarter search engine

WolframAlpha describes itself as a "computational search engine". What it allows you to do is enter a phrase or question and it will give you a collection of relevant information.

8. FollowerWonk: Search Twitter bios

If you are trying find a potential source or contact on Twitter, this tool lets you search the information in people's bios. I might want to find a journalist in Poland, for example, or perhaps a lawyer specializing in employment law.

9. Topsy: A Google for Twitter

Topsy allows you to search every tweet going back to 2006. The 'search by date range' option is particularly useful. 

10. TinEye: To help you find fake photos

11. Banjo: An iPhone app for searching for people

Banjo lets you search for social media users at a particular location.

12. iSaidWhat: A great audio option (£2.49)

This is a great iPhone app for recording audio. It's simple, saves files even if you get interrupted during a recording, and allows you to share audio over a wifi network or via USB.

13. FiLMiC Pro: An iPhone video camera upgrade (£2.49)

An iPhone app for recording video that offers manual control over sound, white balance, focus and exposure. (And one recommended by mojo experts Marc Settle and Glen Mulcahy)

14. Voddio: Turns your iPhone into an editing suite (free but you pay to unlock the sending functions)

Voddio lets you edit audio and video packages on your phone or iPad. It is much used by BBC 5 Live journalist Nick Garnett (aka 'the iPhone guy').

15. Bambuser: Livestream video from your phone (free)

Bambuser is not limited to the iPhone; it can be used on a multitude of devices. Simply open the app or mobile site, hit record and you are livestreaming.

You can add an embed into a news story if you want to broadcast that feed on your site.

16. SoundCloud: A community with which to share audio

17. Transcribe: A web app for making it easier to transcribe interviews ($20 a year)

If you regularly record interviews and transcribe quotes, do you often find yourself toggling between a text editor and an audio player? If so, Transcribe will save you time.

You upload the audio and write within the window below the player. When you hit 'escape' to pause and then again to play, the audio automatically rewinds a second or so, which is a real help when transcribing.

Transcribe is a Chrome web app, which also means you can use it offline. It was free until this week and there is now a $20 annual charge.

FREE ALTERNATIVE! http://www.voicebase.com/

18. Cue: Your own private Google

Cue lets you search your own files. By linking accounts, such as Google Drive, LinkedIn, DropBox, Twitter and Facebook, you can search for keywords. 

19. Ping.it: Google Alerts on crack

Recently launched Ping.it is not your average RSS reader. Users can either add a feed or simply set up keyword alerts, and then choose to only get notifications of those alerts if the keyword is in a story with a particular number of Facebook shares, likes or tweets.

20. IFTTT: To connect the net and set up alerts

IFTTT stands for If This Then That. It allows you to connect various accounts, such as Facebook, Dropbox, email and SMS.

It can be used to set up alert systems, so you can receive an email (or a text message) when a particular event happens.

21. Maptastica.com is a component of the n0tice.org toolkit for journalists: you can crowdmap any story without any mapping skills and include participants on mobile or desktop.

22. See all photos/images/pictures on a TWITTER account: TWICSY !

 This post was condensed, embellished and re-blogged from journalism.co.uk

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Michael Savage Radio

Some good news for local radio: when Michael Savage moves to 3pm Eastern in a few weeks, his program will air in the Albany metro area on talk1300.  That channel has been heavily criticized of late for dropping its afternoon hostess, but business is what business is.

Local afternoon and evening radio talk shows tend to fall into a rut with 5 or 6 hard core callers who dial in at predictable [boring] moments every day.  There are between 25 and 50 or so regular listeners who may or may not call.  Back in '99 I used the internet to draw a larger mix of listeners and callers.  Once we filled an IRC chatroom to capacity while keeping a constant bank of callers on hold. In addition to local listeners we had our biggest out of market audiences in Denver and Boulder, Colorado, New York City, Montreal, Tokyo and the state of Alaska!  Those were great times. I have a few shows on cassettes and many of the ones involving the JonBenet Ramsey case are available on the net, if you know where to look.

Sent from my BlackBerry® powered by Virgin Mobile.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Audio content from the United Nations is now available on mobile

New York, NY (December 10, 2013) – AudioNow, the world’s leading call-to-listen platform, and the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) today announced that audio content from the United Nations including news and features as well as live coverage, is now accessible by phone in eight languages. Based on an agreement signed by both parties, the service will begin in the United States and will expand globally within the next few months.

Listeners can access UN Audio content – including radio programmes, news bulletins and features stories, interviews, daily press briefings and live coverage of many UN General Assembly and Security Council meetings – by simply dialing in a local access phone number on any landline or mobile device. This service does not require a smartphone or apps and it uses voices minutes rather than data plans, making it the least expensive way to access such content. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices, and as feature phones remain in high use in many parts of the world, this kind of call-to-listen platform is emerging as one of the most affordable ways for listeners to connect to their favorite broadcasters and organizations.

“We are excited to join forces with AudioNow to make it easier for people to access UN programming,” says Mr. St├ęphane Dujarric, Director of the News and Media Division at the United Nations. “This collaboration is an example of an innovative and cost effective way to take UN stories and issues directly to audiences worldwide in multiple languages.”

In the United States, listeners can now access daily UN Radio news in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish as well as audio from TV features and live briefings and meetings coverage in multiple languages. Recent UN Audio coverage includes: continued humanitarian relief following Typhoon Haiyan; debates on the current crisis in the Central African Republic; and discussions on the interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The call-to-listen phone numbers incur no extra charge and are the equivalent of making a standard mobile call.

“Our mission is to help shrink the digital divide and reach the hard-to-reach” says Mr. Elan Blutinger, Chairman and CEO of AudioNow. “UN audio programs play a tremendous role in updating people on the ground and providing information critical to the UN’s mandates. We’re honored to expand the UN’s reach to mobile phones particularly in the developing world. This fits with our core objective, which is to enable anyone, anywhere to connect to the news that matters with just a simple phone call."

Following today’s launch of phone numbers in the U.S., AudioNow and the UN will expand this new listening service to Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, Morocco, and Mexico, with additional countries to follow.

The complete listing of UN in-language programming available immediately in the U.S. through AudioNow is as follows:

UN Audio Channel (Arabic): 712.432.9912
UN Audio Channel (Chinese): 712.432.9911
UN Audio Channel (English): 712.432.9910
UN Audio Channel (French): 712.432.9913
UN Audio Channel (Kiswahili): 712.432.9916
UN Audio Channel (Portuguese): 712.432.9917
UN Audio Channel (Russian): 712.432.9914
UN Audio Channel (Spanish): 712.432.9915

AudioNow is providing its services to the UN on a pro bono basis.