Journalist’s Toolbox

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has updated its Journalist’s Toolbox resource page. Although many are US-centric, there are lots of tools with a more global approach. The list includes good resources from mobile journalism, and public records to fact-checking social media.

Source: Society of Professional Journalists

Posted on: July 23, 2013

Spundge: A New Tool to Track and Filter Content

Resources: Spundge is a useful tool that helps to gather and structure all the relevant online information you need, thus making the process of content searching much easier. The app was initially launched for journalists and was tested in several newsrooms.

Source: European Journalism Centre

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Investigative Resources

A portal and guide for private investigators, eInvestigator offers useful resources pages. Though heavily US-oriented, there’s a lot there, from primers on ABA routing numbers and handwriting analysis to pet detectives and property records.

Source: eInvestigator

Posted on: June 18, 2013

38 Free ebooks on Journalism Available

Paul Bradshaw, journalist and visiting professor at City University in London, compiled an useful list of 38 free ebooks on journalism. The list includes publications on online journalism and multimedia, computer assisted reporting, copyright and investigative journalism.

Source: Online Journalism Blog

Posted on: June 13, 2013

Global Database of Transparency Groups

The Sunlight Foundation has created a database of civil society organizations working on transparency and open data issues around the world. As explained by Júlia Keresu, Sunlight's International Program Coordinator, in addition to locating the organizations, they "tried to filter information about relevant actors by area of operation, issues covered and the actual approach."

Source: Sunlight Foundation

Posted on: June 5, 2013

Google Hangout: ICIJ Offshore Secrecy Project

IRE this week hosted a Google Hangout in which the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists discussed its investigation into offshore secrecy, which tapped into a cache of 2.5 million leaked files and "cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts." The Hangout was broadcast live on May 14, but you can watch a video of the event.

Source: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Posted on: May 15, 2013

Philippine Center Unveils New Money & Politics Site

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism has launched a new MoneyPolitics site -- "a citizen's resource, research, and analysis tool on elections, public funds, and governance in the Philippines." With the new site the PCIJ continues its pioneering work, showing what enterprising journalists can do even in developing countries where public records are not readily available.

Source: Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Posted on: May 6, 2013