Al Tompkins is the senior faculty for broadcasting and online content at The Poynter Institute. He led a session Saturday morning showcasing 15 new online tools that have the ability to change the way a journalist presents a story. The following are the tools that he mentioned with a brief description:
snipandshare: Google Chrome released this extension this morning and it makes posting content such as GIFs, still images, video or words to social media much easier. It is free to sign up and easy to use.
flightradar24: Track every flight in the world on a live feed. Can be used to find out if planes are having issues and where exactly in the world they are at all times.
juxtapose.knightlab: Create a photo slider in 60 seconds or less. Compare similar pieces of media in an interactive way. A great way to show change over a long period of time.
periscope: “Experience the world through someone else’s eyes.” Periscope allows the users to live broadcast themselves or surroundings and interact with those watching. Great for the future of news but creates a bigger responsibility for journalists. What is OK to broadcast live?
thinglink: Create an interactive photo with links and information relating to the picture.
wirewax: Very similar to thinglink but instead of creating interactive photos, videos can be made interactive.
videolicious: An app only available on Apple products. Film and edit short videos quickly and easily.
photosphere: Take a 360 degree picture that the viewer can decide what parts to look at. Not a great tool for moving objects. A descriptive audio track can also be recorded over the picture.
translate: Google translate does live translation on your phone. Will translate audio and photos. “Now that’s some shit right there, boy.” -Al Tompkins
canva: Make professional looking graphics in a short amount of time.
steller: Create a photo flip book that is embeddable and linkable
mapalist: You pick the data, and this will map it for free. Import a spreadsheet with data and an interactive map will be created with all of the information.
voicebase: Transcribing an interview can be a tedious task. VoiceBase will transcribe your interview for free. *Not error free*
popuparchive: Makes audio searchable. Upload an audio file and search for specific words and phrases.
screenflow: One of many screen capture programs that will record your screen with audio.