The Best OCR Tools: A Comparison

Factful created a side-by-side comparison of seven optical character recognition tools. OCR tools allow users to transform a scan or photograph of a letter or court filing into searchable, sortable text that can be analyzed using multiple kinds of documents. While the quality of most of the tools handled a clean document, none of them gave perfect results on trickier ones. Factful selected several documents — two easy-to-read reports, a receipt, an historical document, a legal filing with a lot of redaction, a filled in disclosure form and a water damaged page — to run through a few OCR engines.

Source: Source

Posted on: April 9, 2019

Try This Tool: Updated Data GIF Maker

In 2017, the Google News Lab launched the Data GIF Maker tool to make it easy for users to make simple visuals that compare two terms. Their latest update, released earlier this month, allows people to create visuals with up to three terms or issues using their classic “rectangle” GIF. Their “racetrack” GIF is great for showing different terms speed along a racecourse layout. With “circles,” the higher the number, the bigger the circle. They’ve also made a few changes to make it even easier for you to create polished data visualizations in under a minute, with a simpler interface and quicker creation of the GIFs. Trust us, try this.

Source: Google News Lab

Posted on: March 14, 2019

Skype To Launch New Recording Feature

Later this month, Skype will be updated to include built-in call recording. Until now, Skype users have had to rely on a number of third-party apps to record calls. The new feature will be cloud-based, allowing users to access Skype call recordings across devices including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and even Linux. According to Microsoft’s Skype team, as soon as you start recording, everyone in the call will be notified that the call is being recorded and the recordings combine everyone’s video as well as any screens shared during the call. The new call recording feature is the first time Skype has had built-in call recording since its original release nearly 15 years ago.

Source: The Verge

Posted on: July 20, 2018

Five Social Listening Tools To Check Out

A social listening tool allows you to see what people are saying about your publication on the internet. These tools are powered by a network of scrapers which crawl the internet in hopes of finding mentions of your publication or whatever keywords you type into the tool. The majority of these tools started by only showing your social media mentions, but the most advanced tools like have progressed to showing your comments across the web, including on websites. Here's a round up of five.

Source: Social Media Explorer

Posted on: June 26, 2018

Knight News Challenge Gives $3.5m in Grants

The latest round of Knight News Challenge grants is out. The theme this year: strengthening the Internet. Among the 19 projects funded are mapping Internet ownership in Europe; new measurement tools for online censorship and rights violations; and verification and collaboration tools.

Source: Knight Foundation

Posted on: June 23, 2014

FOIA Shaming Site Uses New Tool: Embarrassment

FOIA Shaming is a tumblr site sponsored by the Student Press Law Center, the only legal assistance group devoted to helping student journalists in the US. The site posts examples of officials who refuse to hand over public records -- and then ridicules them.

Source: Student Press Law Center

Posted on: April 28, 2013

Mexican FOI Laws Key Tool for Pulitzer Winner

The independent Mexican journalist Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab won the Pulitzer Prize for her research on the network of bribery and corruption that was a key part of Wal-Mart de México’s expansion strategy. Her 8-month investigation required 800 freedom of information requests from municipal, state, and federal offices in Mexico, and a total of 200 interviews.

Source: Journalism in the Americas

Posted on: April 25, 2013

Newsgathering Tools List

News gathering in the digital age faces both opportunities and challenges. The platforms and tools in this list facilitate an easy search of the (journalistic) online content. The sources varies from curated news to raw crowdsourced text/audio-visual contents.

Source: Emergency Journalism

Posted on: April 24, 2013