Below are a list of multimedia tools that I make available to my students in Multimedia Journalism. After class ends for the semester, many students ask me to send them this list for work they’re doing in internships or jobs. So, to make things easier, I’m providing that list here on my website. Take some time to experiment with a couple of options from each category so that you’re familiar with interfaces and structures. Bolded tools are ones past students and I have found success with in, or ones that simply appear powerful and engaging. Plan to register with an email address for almost all of them. If one of these tools costs money, then you’ll see a ($) next to the item. (Please note: WordPress.com will not allow you to embed almost all of these multimedia tools into posts.) I’ll continue to add more tools to this list, as I learn about them. If you’re reading this now and know of some that aren’t listed, please send me an email with tools I should include here. I’ll do my best to keep this updated, in case some of the items on the list go dark.
- Storify — An interesting reporting tool that curates news from social media outlets.
- ThingLink — A tool that makes images interactive.
- Audacity — Audio editor
- Soundslides — Audio slideshows ($)
- PopcornMaker — A tool to create interactive videos.
- Stipple — A tool to create galleries and interactive images
- Zeega — A tool to create an interactive timeline, of sorts
- Klynt — A tool for editing and publishing visual stories ($)
- Cowbird — A tool, quite simply, to tell stories
- Meograph — An interactive storytelling tool that tells stories in “four dimensions”
- pearltrees — A tool to collect, organize and share the stuff you like
- Magisto — A video tool that takes your videos and turns them into movies
- iWitness — A tool that curates social media based on date and geographic parameters
- Atavist — A tool that allows users to compile various elements — text, video, audio, animation — in an in-depth enterprise story
Graphics | Data
- infogr.am — A tool for creating interactive, engaging infographics and data visualizations.
- Fusion Tables (Google) — A tool that allows you to search for public data and create interactive maps and charts.
- Tableau ($)
- Piktochart ($)
- Recite — A tool for creating designed pull quotes
- Over — A tool that adds text and photos to art
- Buffer — A tool for social media scheduling and engagement information.
- Title Maker — A tool that will generate “creative” titles to posts/for tweets.
- The Latest — A tool that shows you what people are linking to (not trending topics).
- If This Then That — A tool featuring up-to-date information you want to track.
- Tweriod — A tool that gives you the best times to tweet based on your followers.
- Think Up — A tool that analyzes Twitter and Facebook content and provides information about them to you (daily reports).
Tools for Going Live
Converting Difficult Files
- Google Forms — (An example of Google Forms in action from the Baltimore Sun: http://apps.baltimoresun.com/baltimore-september-11-memories/.)
- Poll Daddy
- FOIA Machine
- Check the Validity of Government Social Media Accounts
- Four Types of Scoops
- Public Insight Network — A website that allows reporters to find a network of people willing to be sources for stories
- Hemingway App — A tool to help keep writing succinct and clear
- After the Deadline — A tool that checks writing as you go (with contextual spell check; has WordPress plug-in)
- CoSchedule — A tool that features a calendar plug-in for WordPress to help schedule posts
- Semrush — A tool to track competitor web traffic
- Blogsy — Blog editor for iPad ($)
- Google Voice
- Dragon Dictation — Voice transcription
- Evernote — A tool to help transcribe, take notes, organize
- Voxie — A tool for audio recording, transcribing, group messaging ($)
Mobile Video Apps
- FiLMiCPro — A tool that allows control over iris and focus points ($)
- 1stVideo — Powerful video editor ($)
- Reel Director — Video editor ($)
- ProCamera — A tool that’s anti-shake and has a digital zoom ($)
Mobile Audio Apps
Mobile Photography Apps
- Photoshop Mobile
- Camera+ — A tool that provides white balance, iris seperation and focus controls ($)
- Photo Transfer — FTP photos ($)
- True HDR ($)
- PhotoFX Ultra — A tool for photo correction, including red eye ($)
- Camera Zoom FX — For Android ($)
- Pano — A tool to create panoramas ($)
- Genius — A tool to improve camera controls ($)
- Pic Monkey
Moving Mobile Files