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What digital tools should every journalist know? Add yours


What are the 10 tools or things that a Digital First journalist should know? In other words, if you were to set a minimum standard of training for a journalist in the Digital First world what would it look like. Tell me here.

EXTRA CREDIT: What about a Digital First Master. What tools/lessons would you add.

Thanks to Ivan Lajara of Digital First Media for his suggestions for 5 top tools. 

Chris March, Assistant. Managing Editor, Disruption, New Haven Register offers a list of  tools you need to know right now.  

Tom Caprood is the Digital Specialist for The Record newspaper in Troy, N.Y.  He offers these digital tool suggestions

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5 comments on “What digital tools should every journalist know? Add yours

  1. Gieson
    March 15, 2012

    I use TweetDeck (old version). It has multiple columns and lets you manage several feeds. It lets you filter the hive mind of Twitter and cull whatever you’re looking for. It’s especially useful when something is breaking.

    When I’m out and about, I use the Twitter app for my iPhone. It’s great taking pictures of events and sharing them readers. Sometimes I come across accidents or protests and snap shots, warning readers to avoid parts of town.

    FourSquare is great when it comes to recommendations. There’s a tips section that I always use when I head out to restaurants. I usually order whatever gets the most checks on the tips section. It’s something restaurant critics or travel writers could use.

    Google+ Hangouts is a great way to connect to readers as long as you have a 4GLTE connection. I’m trying to hold more hangouts to show readers what I’m playing (I write about video games in my spare time.) or show off some of the gear I get.

    Also learn how to take screenshots on iOS devices or PCs. I saw Lin-ESPN fiasco and snapped a shot of it and sent it to Romenesko. He actually used my screenshot. Too bad I never got credit …

    • Deborah Petersen
      March 15, 2012

      Thanks so much Gieson. This is great advice.

      • Gieson
        March 15, 2012

        Oh BTW, old TweetDeck also has Twitscoop built in. It’s sort of like a real-time barometer of Twitter. It gives you what’s trending in real time all over the world. Much more reliable than Twitter’s trending list.

  2. Jane Tyska
    March 17, 2012

    I use Twitter, Facebook and Google + to promote our coverage and help drive traffic to the websites. For hands-on, content-providing tools, I use Twitpic, Twitvid, Ustream and sometimes Cover It Live. I understand that Pintarest terms say they own and can resell your photos, so have stayed away from there. Just this week, we found out we can no longer Twitpic or post news photos on Facebook for that reason.

    For monitoring breaking news, I use Tweetdeck. I have a Storify account and am going to explore that medium. Often times I’m on the road all day providing content, so need to pick and choose my social media wisely to fit into my busy schedule of shooting photos and video and editing.

  3. Deborah Petersen
    March 21, 2012

    Thanks Jane! Picking and choosing social media wisely, is great advice.

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