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Tools for helping journalists create content, keep it relevant and keep up with changing audience behaviour and technological advances.
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cuttings.me - journalism portfolio

cuttings.me - journalism portfolio | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site: "Create a beautiful portfolio to showcase your work as a journalist, blogger or writer. Add your best clippings, whether online or in print. Link to your social media sites, and change the look and feel of your portfolio. It's free and takes just minutes."

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SnapIt - Screen Capture Software

SnapIt - Screen Capture Software | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site: Capture anything you see on your PC screen! SnapIt is convenient for bloggers who capture and crop images for their posts, for tech writers who need to describe menus and interfaces of applications, web designers and those who work with graphics every day.

 

You can download a trial free version

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Sourcefabric - Newscoop

Sourcefabric - Newscoop | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Sourcefabric believes in quality, independent journalism and provides open source software and support. This is a free, open-source platform.

From the site's blurb: "Designed by newsroom experts, Newscoop powers professional newspapers and magazines worldwide. The demands of modern journalism are met with intuitive interfaces, flexible publishing, multilinguality, geolocation tools, social media integration and powerful templates compatible with anything from HTML5 to mobile. "

Declaration of interest: I have been offering consultation help to Newscoop in terms of newsroom convergence and integration.

If anyone has experience of using Newscoop, please share it in the comments box below.
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If this then that = ifttt

If this then that =  ifttt | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Put the internet to work for you....

 

A great way to link your social media and online activity for sending reminders, logging, and information dissemination.  Trying it out myself and impressed with the tasks, triggers and actions.

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Ian's comment, October 17, 2011 8:04 AM
A very useful iftt macro is to link up twitter and gmail, so if you see a link you like, you can use the action of making it a 'favourite' to email you the tweet. Very simple, very elegant.
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Think Insights with Google

Think Insights with Google | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

This could be a useful tool for journalists and media managers to understand changing audience behaviour and respond accordingly.  Many are writing about this as a marketing tool, but I see it of value to those producing content, too.

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MailChimp - for newsletters

MailChimp - for newsletters | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Not really a social media tool for journalists, but a useful free (with limitations) product for creating newsletters.

 

I have added it following a request to Media Helping Media from a journalist in Africa for advice on newsletters and templates, so I figured others might value knowing that this exists.

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n0tice - community noticeboard for sharing news

n0tice - community noticeboard for sharing news | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

I have just signed up for the Guardian's n0tice (the 0 is a zero) - it's free. It's a community noticeboard for news and events and I saw it demonstrated by the Guardian's Sarah Hartley @foodiesarah at the MediaFabric event in Prague last week.

 

First impressions are that it could be useful. It allows readers to rate articles and say whether they are important or trivial etc.  My first post was extremely trivial. I've added a few events, too.

 

At I write (27 Oct 2011) it's beta invite only - but mine arrived really fast.  Give it a try.

 

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Livefyre - real time commenting

Livefyre - real time commenting | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site: "Livefyre is changing the way people interact with publisher content. Designed for the social web, Livefyre replaces static comment sections with dynamic, real-time conversations that empower users and help build hyper-active communities."

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HeyStaks - One-stop mobile social search

HeyStaks - One-stop mobile social search | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Looks a bit like Flipboard when used on the iPad.

 

From the site: HeyStaks is the new one-stop mobile social search solution, combining the best community and search engine recommendations to get you more personalized and relevant results, fast.

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Truthy

Truthy | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site: Truthy is a system to analyze and visualize the diffusion of information on Twitter. The Truthy system evaluates thousands of tweets an hour to identify new and emerging bursts of activity around memes of various flavors. The data and statistics provided by Truthy are designed to aid in the study of social epidemics: How do memes propagate through the Twittersphere? What causes a burst of popularity?

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WhoTweetedMe

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WhoTweetedMe.com will analyze a URL and show you its most influential retweeters, potential reach and timeline. Due to Twitter API limitations, It works best on blog post URLs that are between 1 day and 2 weeks old.

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Duedil

Duedil | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

This could be useful for UK business journalists or any journalists covering UK business stories.   I've just signed up and had a play. It's fast and has a neat interface.

 

From the site:  "The best way to search for Companies House information, Directors Search, Companies House UK, and Company Credit Check."

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Chirbit - Social Audio

Chirbit - Social Audio | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site: "Share audio on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. Embed your audio or voice anywhere online. Upload mp3, wav, aiff or any other format via web or smartphone."

 

I've just signed up and yet to try. Please share experiences here.

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slidestaxx - create amazing social media slideshows

slidestaxx - create amazing social media slideshows | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

If you like Storify and Storyful you might want to try slidestaxx which is another social media asset aggregator. Also free. 

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UMapper

UMapper | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
I have yet to try this but it looks a great way to create interactive maps and embed them in your site.

This from the site's blurb "Create interactive maps and embed them on your site. Great for keeping track of an event and linking back to archived information."

Please add your comments or experience of using this tool in the box below so everyone can benefit.
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BetaTales.com's comment, April 16, 2011 3:45 PM
The geo quiz option is great! You can make very entertaining as well as educational geo games. We have used it on the travel web site of Aftenposten, Norway's largest newspaper, and it has been tremendously popular among readers. For an example, check out this example (in Norwegian):
http://www.aftenposten.no/reise/test_quiz/article3950391.ece
Trong Sg's comment, August 18, 2013 5:56 AM
This is very useful for Map. I try to set alarm map about humanrights in VN: http://www.umapper.com/maps/view/id/164196/

The problem is: I upload media like photo, audio many time, but system notice: Error loading.
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Welcome - Silobreaker

Welcome - Silobreaker | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Great site for finding the contacts and stories about infulencial news makers. This could be an extremely useful tool for newsgathering and research.

Silobreaker aggregates news, blogs, research, audio, video and other digital media content from global news, shared, user generated and open access sources around the world.

Recommended by @parvanapersiani and also added to the Top Sites For Journalists.
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Cowbird · Audio video diary tool

Cowbird · Audio video diary tool | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

This looks promising. I've just applied for a beta invite, so yet to test it out.

 

From the site: "Cowbird · Use Cowbird to keep a diary of your life and help us document the major sagas shaping the world."

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ScraperWiki

ScraperWiki | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
A tool for sifting through data to find information. Could be useful to journalists trying to understand data mining and data journalism.

I have also added this to the Data Mining for Journalists curation site on Scoop.it
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Jux - blogging from iPad &computer

Jux - blogging from iPad &computer | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

I have just signed up and put up a test post from my iPad and I was impressed. It's fairly intuitive and fast. I needed to log on from my computer to do some fine edits to the site's look and feel, and I have still not figured everything out, but my first impressions are good.

 

Not sure how and why I would use it, but I will keep testing it. It links to social networks as expected.

 

From the site: "Jux is the ultimate place to share your photos, videos, words and more. It's like the IMAX of blogs. 100% immersive content."

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Junar · Discovering Data

Junar · Discovering Data | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Another free tool for collecting data, organising and displaying it, then sharing and embedding.

 

From the site: "Junar is a platform that allows users to track and search for data all around the internet in one place. Go to www.junar.com and give it a try, its for free. Change they way you search, track and use data forever."

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ZeeMaps

ZeeMaps | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

From the site: "Use ZeeMaps to create,
make, and publish interactive, customized maps.
Make a map of places you have visited, your customers, friends, or relatives."

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Group/as - Find people grouped by interest to circle on Google+.

Group/as - Find people grouped by interest to circle on Google+. | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Group/as is a site to help share groups of interesting people to add to your circles on Google+. Explore existing groups and add people to them, or simply create your own.
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Diigo

Diigo | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network. From the site "Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community"

 

Has similarities to Goozy but also enables you to capture and store webpages in the cloud, so if they disappear you still have a record.

 

Also, you can add notes to those pages and highlight them as well as sharing. Looks neat.

 

Have signed up and will test. Please add thoughts, experiences below.

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KBucket - curation

KBucket - curation | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Another curation tool. KBucket creates pages with links and descriptions. Suggested by @KBucketeer in a post on Media Helping Media. 

 

From the site: "KBucket is a user indexed search site. A place where experts “content curators” organize, comment, tag and publish their research. All KBucket pages are organized in multiple related lists of links."

 

I have yet to try this. Please add any experiences below.

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