My favourite tools as a journalist

Having studied a journalism degree for the past three years and working a job in the industry since last year I have picked up a few of my favourite tools. Here are my top five that I have benefited from the most.

Tool #1: 

Otter.ai

A fantastic transcriber that has saved me heaps of time. In my first year I spent hours listening back to interviews and writing back every word – but with the power of an AI tool that writes interviews back for you – I save heaps of time which I can now put into making my writing better. Otter.ai may be a holy grail tool, but it isn’t entirely accessible for all. It struggles to transcribe different voices/accents accurately. Basically if your voice isn’t crystal clear some difficulties may be seen.

 

Tool #2:

Twitter

This tool may seem a bit of a cop-out putting a well-known social media platform on the list but if you are unaware of the powers it can have in making your journalism easier – please read on. Twitter has helped me in sourcing interviews, making connections with like-minded people. Twitter is also a gold mine for job opportunities, calls for pitches and gives you a chance to DM those you admire. Twitter also has a nifty advanced search engine which could be powered by boolean terms [see tool 4].

 

Tool #3:

TinEye

TinEye is an excellent tool to fact check an image and is essential to any journalist’s toolkit. Not only does it help with the accuracy of your work, but it also maintains that crucial trust you have with your readers. It is crucial that TinEye is in your toolkit.

Tool #4:

BOOLEAN SEARCH TERMS

Boolean search terms are a very helpful trick when researching stories. They allow you to narrow your search through using terms such as AND, OR or NOT in the search engine. It works to limit the results and has made my life a lot easier when researching or finding the perfect interviewees. To find out more about Boolean Search Terms and how to use them read here.

 

Tool #5:

Flourish

Flourish is the easiest data visualisation tool that I’ve used. It’s simply the case of choosing what visualisation you want, entering the data values and hey presto! You have a working and embeddable data visualisation that’ll elevate your data stories.

Those are my top five tools that I’ve benefited from – check them out and give them a test. I hope you find some use for them in your work!