the Craft: Help with Technology
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interactive site for exploring places, based on photos people
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.
USING THE INTERNET
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/
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,
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."
"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,
Learn what information is stored in an email header
Free online Excel course, http://office.microsoft.com/training/training.aspx?AssetID=RC012005461033
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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