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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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One Forty Social Media Tools

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Discover how to use Twitter from 894 toolkits created by experts, fans, and other Twitter users like you. Read reviews of the best Twitter tools for business, social media, managing followers, marketing and entertainment.
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Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
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Paige's comment, April 13, 2011 11:15 AM
I've used this (non=production person here) and vouch for the interface and quality of recordings I made due to the many features and pretty robust set of guides online that were easy to follow.
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Influence Networks

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Influence Networks is an open-source, collaborative directory of relationships between people, institutions and companies. Each relation has its own level of trustworthiness, so that facts can be distinguished from noise.

Wow, this could be really great for newsgathering and investigative journalism. Just signed up and having a play. Please add experience/comments below.
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Tweepi

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Tweepi Twitter Follow Management Utility is a set of Twitter tools to add, follow and unfollow tweeps in bulk.

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Perhaps this could be of use to decide who to follow and who to ditch.
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Tweet Alarm

Tweet Alarm | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Imagine getting an email when there is a development in a story/issue you are following. Just type in the key words and Tweet Alarm will email you when tweets are sent mentioning that word.
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Twazzup

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See the news as it happens. From the site's blurb "Twazzup operates a leading real-time news platform. We make it possible to filter the news out of live internet content. Twazzup was founded in January 2009 and is backed by Synaptix, France."

Could be good for newsgathering and following a story lead.
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Nurph. Chatting in Twitter? Get a Room.

Nurph. Chatting in Twitter? Get a Room. | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Imagine turning tweeting into live chat so that you can engage in real-time conversation with new contacts and follow up stories. Could this be the missing link for journalists in their social media newsgathering? Just signed up for a play.

This from the Nurphy site's blurb: "Every Twitter user needs a place to bring their friends & followers together to chat, and that's what Nurph Channels do best. Extend the conversation by chatting in real-time with your Twitter friends whilst your followers can watch"
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Mind42.com

Mind42.com | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
I reckon this could be useful for collaboration around stories and for newsgathering. I've just signed up and had a play. You can add notes, articles, links. Might be useful for researching a story.

If you have experience using it for journalism, please add your comments below.

From the site's blurb "Mind42 is a free online mindmap collaboration tool. You can easily share and develop your ideas with your friends."
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Churnalism

Churnalism | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
A new U.K. website exposes “churnalism”— stories that are published or broadcast as original news but are largely press releases.

From IJNet: "In its first month, churnalism.com received more than 60,000 unique visitors. The site is the brainchild of Media Standards Trust, an independent non-profit that aims to promote transparency in news. The term "churnalism" has been used since the early 1990s to describe journalists who churn out stories like butter.

http://ijnet.org/stories/website-exposes-cut-and-paste-journalism

Give it a go. There'll be some red faces.
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Zite: Personalized Magazine for iPad

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iPad tools for journalists.

A great tool for journalists who use the iPad. Zite let's you personalise your news consumption down to topic detail and then share and comment on the news your are consuming. According to the site's blurb, "Zite is a personalized iPad magazine that gets smarter as you use it."

Might just replace Flipboard as my preferred iPad news and social media consumption tool.

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Audioboo

Audioboo | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Make your own radio broadcasts and distribute via social networks.

Please add your comments or experience of using this tool in the box below so everyone can benefit.
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Kate's comment, March 22, 2011 8:41 AM
Thanks for including Audioboo in your toolkit. I'm glad that you find it useful. I've just joined the team here and I'm an avid user of the app myself. It's great for recording short interviews, reports and atmos while on the move.

You can record 5 minutes of audio from a smartphone (or upload from your computer), add a picture, title, tags and geolocation data then set it to automatically post to your blog, Twitter or Facebook account. There are pro features being developed for businesses and media organisations and we've already had Al Jazeera and The Guardian use it from the front line North Africa.

Audio is a powerful tool and we're trying to make sound social. Follow us on Twitter @Audioboo and say hello. I'm happy to help with any questions you might have.

Happy boo-ing!
Kate
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Animoto

Animoto | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
This tool - which has a free version limited to a 30 second video - enables you to create video slideshows from photos and video clips and then share or embed in your website. So this could be good for illustrating multimedia in stories.

This from the site's blurb: "Video Slideshow Maker with Music Animoto turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes. Fast, free and shockingly simple - we make awesome easy."

Please share any experience of using this tool in the comments box below. Thanks
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Scoop-ly

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By using Scoop.ly you easily add authority to your articles by including legitimate and current statistics.
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TalkShoe voice talk shows and discussion groups

TalkShoe voice talk shows and discussion groups | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
This tool enables you to broadcast and involve live voice chat around the topic. Extensive list of topics including news. But you can sign up and start your own voice chat and then invite others.

Could this be good for newsgathering? Please share any experiences below.
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LittleSis - Profiling the powers that be

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LittleSis* is a free database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government.

"An involuntary facebook of powerful Americans, collaboratively edited and maintained by people like you."

This could be great for newsgathering and investigative journalism. Just signed up. Please add any comments/experience below.
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BlogPulse

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Find out what is being talked about on Blogs - great for newsgathering and finding new sources of information as well as contacts.

From the site's blurb: "BlogPulse is an automated trend discovery system for blogs. Blogs, a term that is short for weblogs, represent the fastest-growing medium of personal publishing and the newest method of individual expression and opinion on the Internet. BlogPulse applies machine-learning and natural-language processing techniques to discover trends in the highly dynamic world of blogs. BlogPulse is brought to you by Nielsen."
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PostPost

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Makes your Facebook into a newspaper-style website. From the site's blurb "PostPost shows you all the interesting news, videos and photos your friends and liked pages have posted."

Great for spotting important articles - much nicer layout that Facebook.
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Social Mention

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Social Mention is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and microblogging services.
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Plancast

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Could this be this tool be used for the coverage of news events and news forward planning? You can make it private and invite a group of selected contacts.
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Kurrently

Kurrently | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
I really like this tool. It's simple, no need to sign up, and it's great for checking up on key words and phrases. Looks like Google. Just type the details in the search box and it runs a real-time search across Twitter and Facebook. Handy for journalists wanting a simple quick search of social media conversations.
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Ustream

Ustream | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
From the site's blurb: "Broadcast video LIVE to the world from a computer, mobile or iPhone in minutes, or watch thousands of shows from News to Entertainment to celebrities, 24/7."

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Taptu – instant access to all your interests

Taptu – instant access to all your interests | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
iPad and mobile tools for journalists.

Taptu is a neat tool for, as the site's blurb says, gaining "instant access to all your interests in one beautiful little app".

Set up the topics and feeds you want to follow and share & comment instantly.

Note: Declaration of interest - I did some consultancy work on this product.

If any journalists have experience using this tool for newsgathering please add comments below.

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Flipboard for iPad

Flipboard for iPad | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
iPad tools for journalists.

Flipboard on the iPad enables you to personalise your news consumption around your social media feeds and preferred reading.

Please share any experience below where this has been useful for news gathering.
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ChattNow.org's comment, March 26, 2011 11:59 AM
Thanks that sounds good - I was wondering whether Flipboard planned on doing something like that. Another thing that would be great (long-term) is if they "sort" the material into pages of related stuff - I have very disparate groups of friends, some in Afghanistan, some in Egypt, some in media in the US, some who are hikers in Georgia... so it would be nice to have them in "sections" someday
helpingmedia's comment, March 26, 2011 12:01 PM
Yes, I have acheived that by creating Twitter lists of followers in categories - such as Caucasus, Africa, etc. Then, in Flipboard, I create a page of that Twitter list so that I only get tweets from that specific group of people. David
ChattNow.org's comment, March 26, 2011 12:26 PM
right - I haven't gotten that organized yet with Twitter - plus, can't see any way in Flipboard to use multiple Twitter accounts, which is a big drawback since I manage five!<br/><br/>topically it's really FB that I need to manage --- and I also admin three FB pages, so.....
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Thinglink — Make Your Images Interactive

Thinglink — Make Your Images Interactive | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
You have to sign up for this service, but it's free. Once you do they give you code to put in your website so that you can tag elements in the images on your site.

Tags are small bubbles that appear when you touch them with your mouse, and can contain a description and a hyperlink. This can be used to take users deeper into your site. This will be useful for news images which you want to tag based on the content in the images.

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 4:12 PM
This looks like an interesting tool! I just tested it on the main photo of the following blog post:
http://www.betatales.com/2011/03/16/ten-tools-to-improve-your-online-journalism/

I can easily see how this can be used on many types of stories.