Tools for reporters - from the latest news on media and research databases, to free online tutorials to help you learn new skills
Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (UTS)
Has information on short courses and speakers, as well as happenings in the Australian journalism scene.
The Poynter Institute
This is a school for journalists in the United States. The site contains up-to-date information and research on trends in the industry, media ethics and professional practice.
Today’s Front Pages
An interactive site which allows you to browse the front pages of newspapers from 75 countries.
Media & Communications Insight
This site publishes a regular update on Media and Communications law in Australia, which is definitely worth a read.
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
A US site that aims to monitor media practices and bring to light overlooked news stories. You can search on a topic by topic basis about contentious issues and the way they have been reported.
Reporters Without Borders
Organisation devoted to free press and safety of journalists worldwide.
Online Tutorials / Tech Skills Guides
Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive
This book by Mark Briggs is available for free PDF download thanks to the Knight Digital Media Center. After introducing basic concepts and Web 2.0 it moves into practical guides: how to blog, digital audio and podcasting, taking and managing digital photos, shooting and editing video, scripting and voiceovers and online reporting techniques like crowd-sourcing.
Knight Digital Media Center Tutorials
The motherlode for learning how to use specific equipment, software and skills. There are categories for video, audio, photography, web design, Flash, reporting and mash-ups, with practical tips for beginners to pros.
Make Internet TV
Chapter by chapter, this website uses great visuals to take you through the process of getting a video online. From equipment, shooting and editing techniques, to publishing and promoting your masterpiece, copyright and licensing are also covered.
Google Geo Developers Blog
Loaded with geek-speak, this blog isn’t for the faint-hearted. But if you’re looking for detailed tutorials on how to use the latest features of Google Maps and Google Earth, this is the place for you.
Online Journalism "How To" Guides
This page presents articles in wiki form – so that more experienced reporters can share their knowledge – on different online journalism skills. Online publishing, writing for the web, managing online communities and tips for video and audio production are all here, along with a discussion on online journalism ethics.
Cultures of Journalism
A thirteen-part series on ABC’s Radio National with audio and full transcripts of all aspects of journalism—from its inception, future and everything in between.
Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma
A useful site with self-learning guides for journalists and photographers on covering violence and dealing with trauma.
Information Gathering Sites
OZ Guide: Internet Sources and Information for ethical Australian journalists
This is an online source directory on everything from aid to weather. It is a useful tool for pointing journalists in the right direction on a certain topic, with links to lots of great sites.
This is an online searchable directory that can provide journalists with the contact details of experts on numerous topics.
Computer Assisted Reporting and FoI
This is an online source directory much the same as OZ Guide. It is useful to point journalists in the right direction on a topic to credible sites.
Australian Governments Entry Point
Provides links to all Australian governments and legislation. Through this site you can access politicians, departments, media releases and speeches.
While this is an American site, it is still a useful tool for bringing a lot of information on starting places for reporting into one space.
A page on journalists’ toolbox which gives a list of helpful links on ‘Global Reporting Tools’ that every journalist can use.