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Developing the Craft: Help with Technology

This section is designed to help journalists become more technology "savvy," to better understand how to use technology to further the profession, and to understand technical topics, such as photo editing, page design, etc.

Please let the Institute know about links that do not work, or about sources we should add. If a resource here helped you in covering a story, please let us know by emailing al.cross@uky.edu.


Mappr, http://stamen.com/projects/mappr
Interactive site for exploring places, based on photos people take.

Graphic Exchange News, http://www.gxo.com/
Offers "graphic resources for creative minds."

Gallery of computation, http://www.complexification.net/
Writes computer programs to create graphics.


JournoList, http://www.johnmorrish.com/journolist/
Annotated list of sites to help reporters, writers and editors make good use of the Internet. This could be good for general help to those computer-clueless.

Rolling your own search engines, http://rollyo.com/index.html
Site shows you how to create engines based on trusted sources.

Pulling data from the web into Excel, http://www.mrexcel.com/tip103.shtml

Dogpile search comparison tool, http://www.dogpile.com/

ipl2, a site created by the merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarians Index to the Internet. Great collection of high quality sources, selected by the ipl2 staff for accurate, factual information on a variety of topics. http://www.ipl.org/

Geobytes, http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm
This site offers a free Internet Protocol Address geographical locator, so that you can locate someone who sent you an e-mail. Just get the IP address from the mail, it will be in the "source" information for the message, usually in the e-mail header, and will have sets of numbers separated by periods. It may look something like this: 123.456.78.90. Then enter this in the locator tool to find out where the person lives.

Yahoo! Search Shortcuts, http://shortcuts.search.yahoo.com/
Search sites for a keyword.

Wall Street Journal, article
Here's an article on "the next big thing in surfing," tagging. From the story, "Tagging, however, can cut through the online clutter to deliver more relevant bits of information. That is because many versions allow users to search only sites that other people have already deemed useful. It also makes it easier to find desired information again."

Online Journalism Blog, http://onlinejournalismblog.com/
"The Online Journalism Blog publishes comment and analysis on developments in online journalism and online news, data journalism, citizen journalism, blogging, vlogging, podcasts, interactive storytelling, publishing, Computer Assisted Reporting, User Generated Content, searching, online communities, mobile phone journalism, social media and all things internet. It tends to go through phases based on the current interests and activities of the contributors."

What we can learn from internet email headers, http://careerdfw.org/J/files/149-15-your-computer/256-what-we-can-learn-from-internet-email-headers.html
Learn what information is stored in an email header


Comparing Excel lists, http://www.mrexcel.com/tip096.shtml

Free online Excel course, http://office.microsoft.com/training/training.aspx?AssetID=RC012005461033

The Reporters Cookbook, http://forjournalists.com/cookbook/index.php?title=Main_Page
This site is for reporters to share code, examples, tutorials and other bits of information related to the practice of journalism, especially computer-assisted reporting.

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