Tools & Resources for Journalists

Please note: The inclusion of a resource in this list does not imply endorsement by the NewsGuild of New York. If you have any additions, suggestions, or edits to this list, please email us with the subject line "Journalist's Resource List Update".

Sotheby's International Realty Advantage Program

We are excited to announce that we have obtained an exclusive offer from Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. All members of The NewsGuild of New York, Local 31003, CWA, that participate in the program are now eligible to receive a rebate check after the successful closing on the purchase and/or sale of a residential home.
Rebate amounts are tiered and are based on the closing price of the home.  Attached is a brochure with a detailed rebate schedule and instructions on how to claim the offer.  The brochure also contains details on how the program works and contact information for any further questions.
We hope that this exclusive offer will provide a meaningful benefit to all our members.

View the brochure here. .  

A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Analytics

Beyond likes, retweets and emojis, there are other ways to measure the impact of a social posting, thanks to social media analytics tools. Conveniently, for Twitter and Facebook, these are built right into the platforms. Both of these native analytics tools offer a deep dive into how your content is performing. But for those exploring the world of social media analytics for the first time, we have a primer on what to look for!

Read our article here.  

How Journalists Can Better Manage Their Social Media Workflow

As most newsrooms are already married to one social media management tool or another, the following tools may be useful in helping you organize your personal social media strategy. Here’s what you need to know about the big four. 

Read our article here.

Basic Best Practices for Journalists on Twitter

You’d be surprised by how many professionals, including journalists, use Twitter but are unaware of some simple, yet crucial best practices. The following tips can help you set a solid foundation for which to build an effective social media presence on.

Read our article here.

7 Smartphone Photo Tips and Tricks for Journalists

With smartphone photography becoming a larger part of many journalists’ day-to-day jobs, it’s important to know how to get the most out of your shots. With media professionals in mind, we have seven tips and tricks to improve your snapping skills.

Read our article here.

8 Must-Have Smartphone Apps for Media Professionals

The app store of any smartphone can be an overwhelming place, and if you’re a media professional, you don’t have time to sift through the thousands of apps that could make your job a lot easier. For people like you, we have eight of the most effective apps for journalists and other media professionals.

Read our article here.

7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn

Whether you’re thinking about a new job or not or even just networking, the following tips will help you get the most out of LinkedIn, and will make your life a lot easier should you begin exploring new opportunities. 

Read our full article here. 

5 Ways Media Professionals Can Gain More Twitter Followers

You may think the number of Twitter followers one has is simply a vanity metric, but the truth is that in many cases it’s an important indicator of how influential you are in your industry. There are many ways to gain more followers on Twitter. You could buy them, but chances are those are not the kind of followers you want. (And we wouldn’t recommend that.) Read our quick guide on how you can increase your Twitter following! 

Read our full article here. 


“A tool for blogs & websites to keep linked content accessible” from the Berkman Center at Harvard, Amber “prevents linkrot."

Digital Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center

No longer updated, but the resources remain. The DMLP "works to ensure that individuals and organizations involved in online journalism and digital media have access to the legal resources, education, tools, and representation."

Eyewitness Media Hub

“Supporting the creation, discovery, verification and publication of eyewitness media.”

First Draft

"A coalition of experts sharing tips and training in how to discover, verify and publish eyewitness media for news."
Twitter: @firstdraftnews

Frontline Freelance Register

"Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) is run by freelancers, for freelancers. FFR is open to actively working, international freelance foreign and conflict journalists who take physical risks in their work, and sign up to the Code of Conduct. We aim to provide members with representation and a sense of community, vital in this fragmented profession." Includes resources.
Twitter: @ffregister

Giphy's GIF Maker

“Create animated GIFs from video files and YouTube links.”

Google Reverse Image Search

You can use Google’s Reverse Image Search to verify image source and background – just click on the camera symbol to search by image, linked or uploaded.


"Stop Surveying. Start Listening. Your community is talking. By embracing the simplicity and ubiquity of mobile messaging, GroundSource makes listening simple and scalable. Transform one-way communications into rich conversations, building a loyal and trusting community in the process."
Twitter: @groundsource


"Hearken is an audience-driven platform enabling journalists to partner with the public to create relevant and high-performing stories.”
Twitter: @wearehearken

International Center for Journalists

"The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is a non-profit organization that is shaping the future of quality journalism." Includes resources, training and tools.
Twitter: @ICFJ

International Journalists's Network (from ICFJ)

"IJNet delivers the latest on global media innovation, news apps and tools, training opportunities and expert advice for professional and citizen journalists worldwide. Produced by the International Center for Journalists, IJNet follows the shifting journalism scene from a global perspective in seven languages."
Twitter: @IJNet

Journalist’s Resource (via Harvard’s Shorenstein Center)

“Journalist's Resource surfaces research on today's news topics.”
Twitter: @JournoResource

Journalist’s Security Guide (via CPJ)

A guide to "covering the news in a dangerous and changing world" - offers advice for preparedness and digital and physical security for journalists both domestically and abroad.

Journalist’s Toolbox (via SPJ)

A round-up of resources for journalists.
Twitter: @journtoolbox


“We are the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. We're trying to figure out the future of news.”
Twitter: @NiemanLab

One World Media International Reporting Workshop

"Our day-long workshops inspire and enable the next generation of documentary filmmakers, journalists and media makers to cover stories from the wider world through interactive sessions that highlight the skills necessary to deliver outstanding reporting from developing countries."

"Plagiarism Prevention and Information on Proper Citation... is a free resource sponsored by iParadigms LLC, makers of Turnitin, WriteCheck, and iThenticate."
Twitter: @PlagiarismDtOrg

Poynter: “How to preserve your work before the Internet eats it”

An article from Poynter on how to preserve your work in the digital age.

Poynter's Plagiarism Guide

"Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism"

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières)

"Reporters Without Borders fights for press freedom all over the world. " Offers resources, training, loan of body armor, helmets, and distress beacons, a 24 hour emergency hotline, and insurance for "freelancers of any nationality, or staff journalists not covered by an employer insurance policy."

Twitter: @RSF_en

Source Fabric

“Sourcefabric is Europe’s largest developer of open source tools for news media… All of our tools are open source and free to download: Superdesk, Newscoop, Booktype, Airtime, Live Blog, and Citizen Desk.”

The Coral Project

"We are creating open-source tools and resources for publishers of all sizes to build better communities around their journalism."
Twitter: @coralproject


Reverse Image Search


"TinyLetter is a personal newsletter service brought to you by the people behind MailChimp. People use it to send updates, digests, and dispatches to their fans and friends... TinyLetter is a completely free service."

Women’s Media Center

"The Women's Media Center makes women visible and powerful in the media" and "works with the media to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard... The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 as a non-profit progressive women's media organization by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem."
Twitter: @womensmediacntr