To celebrate our 10000th follower we asked 30 journalism experts and digital wizards to choose 3 tools in their field of expertise.

The most useful, most innovative and one hidden gem.

Enjoy the selection & thanks for following us!



Marc Blanc-Settle

Smartphone Trainer

London
BBC College of Journalism
Expert Field: Mobile Journalism

Most Useful

A few accessories will improve a smartphone noticeably so the content looks and sounds more professional.
So: get a light, a tripod and a microphone - and pretty soon, what you record will look much better.

Most Innovative

iBlazr: For its size and price, I've been really impressed with the iBlazr. It's very small but gives off a really powerful light, ideal to boost what a smartphone can do on its own in low light.

Hidden Gem

Twitter lists. Not enough people use them and few use them well. But they can really help get useful information to you at speed.

Mike Reilley

Man behind The Journalist's Toolbox

Phoenix
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Expert Field: All Things Journalism

Most Useful

Journalist's Toolbox: Thousands of links and resources for journalists. I curate the site.

Most Innovative

Embedresponsively: Not a day goes by that I don't use it.

Hidden Gem

Jamsnap: Tough one. Jamsnap as an app. Great opportunities for photos, audio. Cartodb's animated torque maps are great, too. And the searchable map templates at Derekeder.com

Henk van Ess

Tech & Web Expert

Amsterdam
Writer @PBS @BBC @ebuacademy
Expert Field: Internet

Most Useful

Use /* in archive.org to filter queries.

Most Innovative

Facebook Graph because it combines 100.000+ personal details. (Henk is currently working on Graph Tips an experimental search engine for Facebook Graph.)

Hidden Gem

Echosec: Location based meta-data in digital publications allow you to search physical regions for messages, images, videos and more.

Simon Rogers

Datajournalist, and Data Editor

San Francisco
Twitter
Expert Field: Data Journalism

Most Useful

If you're after what I use all day then (boringly) it's Excel, text editors and Google Fusion tables and spreadsheets.

Most Innovative

CartoDB has transformed my relationship with maps — and the fact it allows anyone to do the same is really powerful.

Hidden Gem

So, my work colleague Nico Belmonte has built a great simple viz tool for us to use, but that's no help for this list. I think RAW by density which enables anyone to make sophisticated vector charts.

Sarah Marshall

Social Media Editor

London
Wall Street Journal/WSJ Europe
Expert Field: Digital and Social Journalism / Strategy

Most Useful

Buzzsumo lets you search for your news outlet's most social stories. You can also track competitors do an author search and backlinks.

Most Innovative

SAM Desk, a social asset management system. It allows you to work collaboratively and manage & make notes on social media assets. It also has an embed function.

Hidden Gem

Bioischanged.com OK, so not exactly hidden but few people know that if you add a Twitter user name to URL (bioischanged.com/sarahmarshall) you can see the revision history of a Twitter bio. Great for verification.

Robin Good

Communication Professional

Rome
Master New Media
Expert Field: Tools for Communication Pros & Content Curation

Most Useful

Workflowy: An idea outliner that makes it effortless to write, edit and organize organize thoughts, plans, content and tasks across multiple levels.

Most Innovative

Echo Studio: Easiest but very powerful social and content aggregation and curation platform.

Hidden Gem

Defcomb: Helps you monitor, track and filter your preferred news sources in real-time.

Steffen Konrath

Founder and CEO of Liquid Newsroom

Munich
Liquid Newsroom
Expert Field: Digital, Mobile Product Development; Real-Time Systems and Network Intelligence

Most Useful

Tweetdeck: Because it allows me to monitor the real-time stream of exchanges.

Most Innovative

Wolfram Alpha: Because it is an extraordinary resource and fantastic computing engine

Hidden Gem

Gephi: Because it allows in-depth analysis of social relationships.

Mu Lin

Digital Journalism Professional

New Jersey
MulinBlog Online J-School
Expert Field: Digital Journalism

Most Useful

Google Keyword Planner: When I have an idea for a new blog post, I use Google Keyword Planner to research for a focused topic, to decide what keywords to include in the copy, and to track its performance with Google Analytics.

Most Innovative

Keyword Researcher: I use it a lot to identify long-tail keywords to target for new blog posts.

Hidden Gem

Canva: I use it a lot to create free images that go with social media postings.

Mindy McAdams

Online Journalism Professor

Gainesville
University of Florida
Expert Field: All Things Journalism

Most Useful

Evernote: I use it on all my devices to keep notes about travel, work, and leisure pursuits.

Most Innovative

Instapaper: The most readable and seamless "read later" tool.

Hidden Gem

Pinboard: Fast and no-nonsense bookmarking.

Paul Bradshaw

Author 'Finding Stories in Spreadsheets'

Birmingham
Online Journalism Blog
Expert Field: Online Journalism, Data Journalism, Scraping

Most Useful

Open Refine: Cleaning, scraping, converting, combining, APIs. Always comes in handy.

Most Innovative

Plague: Using the UX of dating apps for content = simple but effective

Hidden Gem

Detective.io: Build data, spot relationships, collaborate with others.

Christa Morrison

New Media Instructor

Toronto
Freelance
Expert Field: Interactive Multimedia Storytelling Tools

Most Useful

Thinglink: Allows you to communicate layers of information in multimedia format, great for use on mobile devices.

Most Innovative

Storehouse: Easy to compile and share multimedia stories fast.

Hidden Gem

Awesome Screenshot and Diigo - it acts as toolbar for your browser.

Paul Myers

Research Specialist

London
BBC/Research Clinic
Expert Field: Internet Research

Most Useful

Search social networks with Google by using, for example site:facebook.com alongside your search term. Fine tune the search with other syntax like intitle: followed by words that must be in the title of the social network page. Use OR. To add other site: options to the search.

Most Innovative

You can use Google's search by image feature to search for profile pics etc. Then modify the search with normal Google syntax like site:Facebook.com to focus the results.

Hidden Gem

Spidering tools like Intellitamper scan websites for links you may have missed.

Glenn Mulcahy

Innovation Lead RTÉ & MoJo Trainer

Dublin
RTÉ
Expert Field: Mobile & Video Journalism

Most Useful

Camera App of Choice: FilMicPro. It offers camera control and functionality way beyond the stock iOS Video Camera including Focus/Exposure/White Balance Lock and lots of other features.

Most Innovative

For professional results the IKMultimedia iRig Pro is a great option. It allows you to set a microphone input gain level and also provide +48v Phantom power if required.

Hidden Gem

If you are a radio reporter then you may not realise you can use your Zoom H5/H6 recorder as a live audio mixer for 2 mics and connect it to your iPhone/iPad via Apple Lightning to USB adapter.

Yordi Dam

Datajournalist/Designer

Amsterdam
NRC Q/Handelsblad
Expert Field: Datajournalism, Datavisualization

Most Useful

CartoDB: Easy web mapping tool. You don't need any code and it is super lightweight to use, in comparison to other GIS-tools. LocalFocus: Created it w/ my Company, no code needed, easy to share w/ colleagues, export instantly in your own style + SVG export for print.

Most Innovative

RAW: Makes it easy to create super complex - normally code based - data visulaizations which then can be used as a starting point for print.

Hidden Gem

Blockspring: Not the best viztool, but it creates interactive scatterplots in seconds. (The only tool who is able to do that, as far as I know.)

Aleszu Bajak

Journalist & Media Innovation Teacher

Camebridge
Northeastern University/Storybench
Expert Field: All Things Journalism

Most Useful

Twitter: Because I can connect with sources and peers around the world..

Most Innovative

Anything out of the Knight lab at Northwestern University because of the user-friendly and open-source nature of the tools.

Hidden Gem

CartoDB: Because you can quickly visualize data, not necessarily to publish but rather to understand, probe.

Ana I. Bernal Triviño

Author of 'Herramientas Digitales'

Madrid
Freelance
Expert Field: Digital Journalism

Most Useful

Dropbox: I can write stories from my computer, tablet or smartphone, completely synchronized. I love it, especially when I travel. It is a relief to know that there is always a copy.

Most Innovative

Creatavist: I love slow journalism and Creatavist presentations are very stylish, yet can be very deep content. I believe there are tools focused on different journalistic genres. Creatavist is one. Perfect for multimedia interview and reports.

Hidden Gem

Snapseed: For me it is a little gem. Just because you can edit a photo by touch ... it is a gift.

Matt Navarra

Social Media Director

Cardiff
The Next Web
Expert Field: Social Media

Most Useful

Twitshot: It's makes sharing an article to Twitter with an image super-simple and really quick to do. It even helps you crop the image pulled from the article page to be the optimal size for Twitter.

Most Innovative

MixMax: An awesome Gmail add-on that lets you compose emails with surveys, polls, calender availability, article previews, in a slick and beautiful way.

Hidden Gem

tldrify: This tool creates a short link to any text on the Internet. You can highlight a key line in a blog post, use the Chrome Extension to create a short url + pre-drafted tweet to share the quote.

David Sallinen

Director European Training

Lyon
WAN-IFRA
Expert Field: Newsrooms & Journalism

Most Useful

To investigate: Graph commons

Most Innovative

Storehouse

Hidden Gem

Immersive: A product designed to help individual storytellers create and publish stories online.

Robb Montgomery

Founder Smart Film School

Berlin
Smart Film School
Expert Field: Mobile Journalism

Most Useful

Shoulderpod S1: Universal smartphone camera mount that securely holds your phone and enables professional picture-taking and filmmaking.

Most Innovative

Storehouse App: Enables Immersive longform, interactive multimedia stories to be made easily by reporters in the field. Video, photo & text can be added and edited smartly. Extraordinary tool.

Hidden Gem

iRig Pro pre-amp: This pro-quality mic preamp/converter allows professional microphones to seamlessly connect with smartphones, tablets and laptops. Audio quality is what separates amateur from professional productions.

Abigail Edge

Technology Editor

Brighton
Journalism.co.uk
Expert Field: Journalism, Social media, Technology

Most Useful

I'd be lost without Tweetdeck to keep an eye on Twitter lists. Tweetlogix is a good Tweetdeck substitute for iOS. I also still use Feedly to monitor and organise RSS feeds. It works as a safety net to ensure I don't miss anything important.

Most Innovative

Nuzzel is great for surfacing news recommendations from people you follow on Twitter. I've also recently started experimenting with INK361 as a way to manage Instagram.

Hidden Gem

I'm really interested in mobile photography. Camera+ and Snapseed are great apps for getting Photoshop-worthy results from an iPhone.

David Cohn

Executive Producer

Berkley
AJ+
Expert Field: Media, Journalism

Most Useful

Trello: A great way to get organized.

Most Innovative

Slack: Reduce work email by 80%.

Hidden Gem

Quip: Better than Google Docs.

Nick Petrie

Deputy Head of Digital

London
The Times & The Sunday Times
Expert Field: Digital Journalism

Most Useful

Google Docs: Being able to edit documents in real time makes collaboration and remote working viable. It makes working in large teams on large data sets possible and has even functioned as a mini CMS for us at times.

Most Innovative

Slack: It has truly changed the way we work. Everyone on the team is more informed, more engaged and up to date. We have less emails to deal with and feel less bound to our desks.

Hidden Gem

Digg Reader: It's the simplest of the Google Reader replacements, but it allows me to keep on top of the feeds I still want to consume in that way.

Maarten Lambrechts

Data & Multimedia Editor

Brussels
De Tijd
Expert Field: Datavisualization

Most Useful

Open Refine: Very powerful, for cleaning data, quick analyses and format conversion.

Most Innovative

D3.js: Changed the world of online datavisualisation completely.

Hidden Gem

Tabula: Get data out of pdf files.

David Kaplan

Investigative Editor & Media Consultant

Washington
The Global Investigative Journalism Network
Expert Field: Investigative Journalism

Most Useful

A reference librarian -- a vanishing breed who is and will always be an investigative journalist's best friend.

Most Innovative

The Wayback Machine: Here's an innovation that revolutionized online research. Lets reporters retrieve the digital past that others, through malintent or neglect have destroyed.

Hidden Gem

Investigative Dashboard: A global database of business registries, allowing journalists to track hidden money and assets around the world.

Paul Watson

Chief Technology Officer

Dublin
Storyful
Expert Field: Web Development

Most Useful

Topsy is my go to tool for Twitter search. The graphs and being able to reverse order search are very useful.

Most Innovative

HDX: the Humanitarian Data Exchange, is fascinating and has great potential.

Hidden Gem

PagerDuty which we are exploring not just for IT ops but for editorial shift communication..

Esa Mäkinen

Data & Interactives Editor

Helsinki
Helsingin Sanomat
Expert Field: Data Journalism

Most Useful

Stack Overflow: A question and answer site for professional and enthusiast programmers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Most Innovative

The New York Times. (provided without comments)

Hidden Gem

Mr. Data Converter: Convert your Excel data into one of several web-friendly formats, including HTML, JSON and XML.

Piet Bakker

Lector & Researcher

Utrecht
Hogeschool Utrecht/Journalism Lab
Expert Field: Digital Journalism

Most Useful

Twitter: No journalist can do without it.

Most Innovative

Mobile apps for reporting, audio & video - a whole studio on your smartphone.

Hidden Gem

Medium: Underused and too little known in Europe.

Damian Radcliffe

Analyst, Consultant, Researcher

London
Cardiff School of Journalism
Expert Field: Hyperlocal Journalism, Social Media, Journalism Innovation.

Most Useful

Topsy: An old fashioned tool, but I like the simple functionality in terms of following hashtags and engagement with posts I've written.

Most Innovative

Journalist's Resource: A terrific, probably underknown, resource. Based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy, the site looks at news topics through a scholarly lens.

Hidden Gem

I love newsletters and am glad they're making a bit of resurgence. Of particular use to me are the round-ups by Jason Hirschhorn, Pew's Journalism Project and NextDraft. The Quartz daily brief is also excellent.

Tim Verheyden

Journalist & Author "How to Story"

Brussels
Vrt News
Expert Field: Broadcast Journalism & Storytelling in Visual Journalism

Most Useful

Prismatic: Good tool to find resources and stories on many topics, but especially on journalism and storytelling. Easy way to share stories through Twitter and Buffer.

Most Innovative

VRSE: App to push the boundaries on virtual reality in journalism. Opportunity for storytellers and filmmakers to develop virtual reality content and explore new ways of storytelling.

Hidden Gem

Timeline: News in context. Very nice layout, in-depth stories on current affairs in historic perspective.

Konrad Weber

Multimedia-Journalist & Community Manager

Zürich
Swiss Radio & Television (SRF)
Expert Field: Breaking news, Social Media, Verification, Community

Most Useful

Exif Viewer: Best way to readout meta data from data sets.

Most Innovative

Video to GIF: A tool that lets you quickly make a GIF from a streaming video. Simple to use, great results.

Hidden Gem

Dataminr: Huge data force and just the beginning of a totally new way of getting notified about breaking news.

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