Poynter's Digital Tools Catalogue

Poynter News University curates an extensive catalogue of digital tools for journalists who want to enhance their workflow. We've imported this catalogue Silk, making an fully interactive visualizable database for journalists looking to discover new ways to improve their reporting and publishing practices. 

How to Use This Silk: Browse the charts below. Click "Explore" anywhere on the site to go into visualization and filtering mode. Search for individual pages or entities in the top search box.

Gallery of Poynter's Digital Tools: Free, cloud-based data-driven tools

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Census.Ire.OrgFreeDataCloud-basedCensus.Ire.Org provides journalists with a simpler way to access 2010 Census data so they can spend less time importing and managing the data and more time exploring and reporting the data. Information can be downloaded in bulk based on state, county, location and many other metrics included in the Census. The project is the result of work by journalists from the The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
CensusReporterFreeDataCloud-basedCensusReporter is a Knight News Challenge-funded project to make it easy for journalists to write stories using US Census data. Expanding upon the volunteer-built Census.ire.org, CensusReporter will simplify finding and using data from the decennial census and the American Community Survey.
DocumentCloudFreeDataCloud-basedDocumentCloud helps journalists analyze documents and present those documents to their audience in a meaningful way. The free service operated by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) includes analysis tools that make documents fully searchable, create timelines from multiple documents and more. Journalists can annotate documents for their own use or for their audiences. And documents can be shared privately with other reporters, editors or sources. DocumentCloud allows you to publicly post your documents, with or without annotations, and provides a document reader that helps you guide your audience to key points in any report, budget or other document. To view this video, please install the latest version of Flash.
FOIA MachineFreeDataCloud-basedFOIA Machine is an open source platform that empowers citizens and journalists to easily prepare, file and track multiple public record requests to various level of governments and public agencies worldwide. This site helps users access government documents and data that are covered by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws &mdahsh; allowing citizens to obtain information vital to the workings of their government.
freeDiveFreeDataCloud-basedThe open source freeDive project transforms Google Spreadsheets into searchable databases that can be embedded in websites. Users can easily search your data and get results in an interactive, sortable table with filters to refine the search. An easy-to-use wizard walks you through creating a search widget where you can customize the interface based on the content of your spreadsheet. The embed code allows users to share search results on social networks.
IFTTTFreeDataSocial MediaWorkflowCloud-basedIFTTT, If This Then That, lets you set up "recipes" with contingencies based on your social media channels. For example, If I post an Instagram photo, Then I want it to be uploaded to my Dropbox.
Import ioFreeDataCloud-basedImport.io is a free tool allowing data journalists to scrape data from websites without writing any code. Using an easy point-and-click interface, simply highlight the data points you want and extract them into an organized table of data.
Many EyesFreeDataVisualizationCloud-basedCreate a visualization of your data set in just a few easy steps. Upload your own data set or select one from Many Eyes' large library.
MyGeoPositionFreeDataCloud-basedType in an exact or general address to get more specific geodata. You can use MyGeoPosition with Twitter's search to locate tweets in a specific area, as detailed by the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
OverviewFreeDataCloud-basedOverview is an open-source tool to help journalists find stories in large amounts of data, by cleaning, visualizing and interactively exploring large document and data sets. Overview doesn't search large document sets for names and keywords, it displays relationships among topics, people, places and dates to help journalists to answer the question, “What’s in there?” Overview is intended to help journalists make sense of massive, disorganized collections of electronic documents.
PlotlyFreeDataCloud-basedImport, analyze, simulate, graph and share your data.
SilkFreeDataVisualizationCloud-basedHow Can Publishers and Reporters Use Silk?
The PANDA ProjectFreeDataCloud-basedPANDA is a "data library", which means that it stores all the data you work with -- such as voter registration records, police reports, water testing results, etc. -- and makes it searchable. Data uploaded to PANDA is safely stored so it can be easily found again. Uploading datasets to PANDA makes them searchable by everyone in your organization. This search feature is designed to work like Google, so you don't need to learn a new way of exploring the data.

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Number of Digital Tools pages grouped by Cost

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