Tools and resources for journalists

Hello to all Warsaw n-ost Conference

I decided to share with all n-ost members (or conference participants) my personal list of digital resources and bookmarks. I’ve never shared it with groups before, but I felt that some colleagues may find useful somehow.

Not all my bookmarks are listed here. I left some out. I did so to because too many (the list was a little bit over 2000 entries) could lead to confusion. If you happen to have a need exactly in one of those subjects, please reach me. The following subjects were left out:

  • Code and advanced user solutions (includes mostly public APIs)
  • Academic and research studies
  • OS specific tools and resources
  • Torrents and startup resources
  • Social Media monitoring resources (most of it)

Maybe not all URLs are working, If there is one you need, please reach me. Some of them may also not be perfectly neutral (like the “Global Terrorism Database”), so please don’t judge me over the contents of this list. Even some “biased” databases can be useful (if you approach them with the adequate skepticism).

It is likely that some or more of these items leave you in doubt. If that’s the case, please let me know and we can chat over Skype or another digital screen. I’ll be glad to help to deploy some of these tools or troubleshoot anything/. This is my e-mail

Blog making

these are general tools to create your own blog. I recommend WordPress as they scale well (depending on how much you’ll need from hosting) and have dozens of thousand plugins that will allow you to do almost anything (including some complicated features involving payment or encryption)

Stop Link Spam Botsthis allows you to convert your e-mail (or any email) to a browser coding, so bots won’t harvest the emails you put on the site to allow spam (bots look for chunks of text with an “@“ to get emails). In a nutshell, you can put your e-mail on a site without the risk of having it ending on a spam list.

Domain Name Search Find the perfect domain – The four(4) letter domain name specialist Name suggestions

Handpicked free fonts for graphic designers with commercial-use licenses. | Font Squirrel Choose fonts for your blog-websites. Its not only aesthetically – it improves readability, especially across devices and screens

Online Vector Based Mockup & Wireframe Tool · Moqups Allows you to make a wireframe (a sort of draft of the website itself)

Screenfly / Test Your Website at Different Screen Resolutions See how your website looks like on different OSs and screensizes – free image hosting / image upload Image hosting (it can serve other purposes like to send the image on an email, for example)

Stats and Databases 

These databases are not definitive in many subjects so in doubt, check it against a second one. Please also have in mind that this is a list that I have been compiling during the last 20 years, so some of them may not be updated (I’ve already passed them through a filter to check dead URLs. But some may still be hidden…)

Google Dataset Search: aggregates stats from public bases. It cab be handy, especially if you dig in unusual POVs

Google Ngram Viewer Visualize terms by publication/language

Google Public Data Explorer

Data | The World Bank

Maps & Data | World Resources Institute

The World Factbook

Free statistical data | Statistics Worldwide

Radical Statistics Group | Using statistics to support progressive social change

Poodwaddle World Clock

CIA World Factbook

Open Data Catalog | The World Bank

Our World In Data

Free Public Records


Statistics and Databases | Asian Development Bank

International Agency of Energy Stats

International Telecommunication Statistics

OECD Statistics

Global Terrorism Database

FBI — Uniform Crime Reporting

IMF Data – IMF Data Home Page – At a Glance

WHO | Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Education | Data


Governments on the WWW: Institutions in the Area: The list has many broken links, but many working. It compiles the statistics services provided by governments around the world

CAF Charity Trends

Welcome | European Union Open Data Portal

Europe Data

US Data

UK Data

Data Catalog – African Information Highway Portal

Europeana Collections

Datasets | Pew Research Center

Internet use stats and related information

Internet Growth Statistics – Global Village Online

Net Usage Index : News

OECD Broadband Portal

Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

W3Counter – Global Web Stats

Browser Statistics

World Internet Users Statistics Usage and World Population Stats

Alexa Top 500 Global Sites

Online Trends – Experian Hitwise

Internet Monitor

Fact Tank | Pew Research Center

Worldometers – real time world statistics


– Open Science Data Cloud

Finding past weather…Fast

Welcome to the Planetary Data System


Example document sets

Thimble by Mozilla – An online code editor for learners & educators.

Time Zones The Internet map

Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

Communication tools

MeetingBurner: make your online seminar ‑ Free Screen Sharing and Online Meetings ‑ one click video conversations

Wickr – this is an encrypted messenger. If you need to talk to someone and really needs to be safe, it does the job. It may work even in countries with some kind of restriction). It allows you to set a time for your messages so after the message is read, it destroys itself.

SpiderOak: it is a safe collaboration tool, online backup and file hosting service that allows users to access, synchronize and share data using a cloud-based server.  It’s paid, but it’s well recommended by Edward Snowden.

Ostel: Encrypted Phone Calls

ProtonMail: encrypted mail with double key feature (unbreakable if used properly, but demands you to never lose the password)

GDoc Templates e Add ons

Google Docs Templates

Add-Ons to Spreadsheets


Google Books

Welcome to Open Library (Open Library) public domain books for kindle: Kindle Store

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks Great Books Online — Quotes, Poems, Novels, Classics and hundreds more

Open Source apps: this is a list I’ve never made to the final and not tested nearly 10%. The good thing here is that if you have a problem, it’s very likely that you won’t be the first and it’s quite likely some nerd somewhere in the world already did you a favor.

General Tools (Geeky)

Free (or cheap) tools to NGO’s

Free Online OCR – convert scanned PDF and images to Word, JPEG to Word

Copyscape Plagiarism Checker – Duplicate Content Detection Software

Google News Lab

IP locator :: IPInfoDB

Jeffrey's Exif viewer (helps to ttrack information on how the image has been made)

TinEye Reverse Image Search (Search from a specific image)

Check Username Availability at Multiple Social Networking Sites

Date Duration Calculator: Days between two dates

Delete Your Online Accounts – Popular |

EarthCam – Webcam Network

Email Format – Your source for Corporate Email Address Format Listings

Email HTML Signature Generator – | Create a free HTML signature

How to: record calls on an iPhone

Link Extractor (see all links on a webpage – even the hidden ones)

Panopticlick ( Is your browser safe against tracking? )

PicMark – Watermark Your Images Before Sharing

Plagiarisma.Net: Plagiarism Checker Urban Legends Reference Pages Live Text Document Collaboration!

Whois Lookup & IP |

1Password and KeepAss: password managers, the first paid, the second not. If you have to manage loads of passwords, it’s mandatory. If you need extreme privacy, go for KeepAss.

Alfred: it’s a tool that allows you to do thousand s of things straight from a command aline, like pasting text without formatting, translating, checking weather, and much much more. Paid, but by far the application I use the most.

CopyClip: it’s a clipboard manager (you can have dozens of content after the “Crtl-Copy” to paste however you are. Windows and Linux also have versions like.

VPN: if you work as a professional journalist, indispensable. If everyone had an idea of how much  your activity is being monitor. I use Ghost VPN, but there are many valid options. To get proper protection, it’s worth paying for it (a few euros per month).


General tools for journalists. Most of them are free. If you have some special request, just let me know.


Tabula: Extract Tables from PDFs

Cometdocs File Converter. Convert Excel to Word and more.

Overview — Visualize your documents

CrowData by crowdata


Search (every resource involving search, other than the databases are listed here)

Abbreviations and acronyms dictionary: Find definitions for over 4,219,000 abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms

Google Scholar

HARO: find sources for your story

ProfNet Find Source

Search Engine for Journalists to Find Experts | Expertise Finder – Who is hosting that website?

ImgOps – Image Operations – – Easily Find Similar Websites

Explore Billions of Historical Records —

Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine

Quotery: Quips, Quotes, Proverbs & Maxims

Authoratory – (Fontes em Medicina, biologia e quimica)

Muck Rack – Journalists on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and social media

Home | Scholars Strategy Network

Hunter (if you have the name of a person and just know the company where he/she works; has free option)

Spokeo People Search | White Pages | Find People

OpenCorporates :: The Open Database Of The Corporate World Discover.Connect.Communicate

Facebook Graph Shortcuts (badly used can be a Facebook stalking tool, so be wise)

Veracity – Reverse Image Search on the App Store

Shodan (scary one: search for internet connected devices. It demands some knowledge to use it widely) read the Shodan Tutorial and Primer to master it.

Fact Checking

Fact-Checker – Refdesk

Stringer Home – BETA

Who, What and when: database of key people and events from 1000 A.D. to the present using graphics


Dead or Alive?



FindTheData | Find. Compare. Decide.

A World of Terror

Journalism Glossary Wiki | Media news |

Atlas – Quartz Database

Resources – First Draft News

Littlesis – Profiling the powers that be – LittleSis

Poynter Digital Tools

Useful Links – New York Times Newsroom Guide to Useful Web Sites

Maps and Geolocation

Geofeedia – Search & Monitor Social Media by Location

Findery • The treasure map of your life

Hyperlocal & Location-based Tools

BatchGeo: Create an interactive map from your data



Useful Websites for Journalists – Journalism – Research Guides & Help at Eastern Washington University


Open Intel Tools

How to open source research tools

Multimedia Tools

Tarbell is afantastic free open source tool that allows great multimedia support for your articles/content. This is a Tarbell example:

Ethel Payne Sheet

Al Jazeera Presentation


Tutorial — Tarbell 0.9-beta7 documentation

xcrun: error: invalid active developer path (/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools), missing xcrun | Tips &Tricks

Installation — Tarbell 0.9-beta7 documentation

Storify-like, Timelines, Tables

Twtpoll | Social Survey Platform

Timeline JS – Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.

SoundCiteJS — Northwestern University Knight Lab

Tiki-Toki Timelines

Storytelling Tools (guides and tools)

Home | Zimmer Twins

Animoto – Make & Share Beautiful Videos Online

100 Digital Storytelling Tools for Your Digital Selves + Natives, Part 1 | Digital Learning Environments

Digital Storytelling

MASHER – create a video online for free


Create stories from Tweets. – Chirpstory

Storybird – Artful storytelling


StoryMap e Gigapixel (create interactive maps, free)

Learn More – ThingLink

Pixel Map Generator | amCharts

Maptia · Home to a World of Stories


SimplyScripts – Free Movie Scripts and Screenplays

BBC – Writersroom – Homepage

Quotes, infographics, memes

Free Infographic Maker – Venngage


PixTeller – Quote Image Maker

APIMeme – Generate memes with a simple link! – Create beautiful visual quotes as images

Quozio – Make Beautiful Quotes – Create beautiful visual quotes as images

Word Cloud Maker

Join Quozio


Visme – Infog.



Online Charts Builder

Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. –


How to Add Live Data to Your Interactive Infogram Charts |

Data Visualizers, visualisation & Managers

Visualizing Akamai

Net Usage Index : Mobile

The 37 best tools for data visualization | Web design | Creative Bloq


acatcalledfrank – Information is Beautiful Challenge #3 – FilmStrips

Data –

Quadrigram – Tell meaningful data stories.

Kona Security Dashboard

Real-time Web Monitor

Network Performance Comparison

Net Usage Index by Industry | Akamai

Odyssey.js · Documentation

Stilingue – Data Visual


Free banner generator animation gif ban free online tools how to make online free banner for ads free generator on banners images animated gif banners frames web 2.0 online animated banners maker free – Webestools

Animated Images Effects Generator – gifs effects images pictures blog gif transform image animation effect fx image free online tool animated images effects generator – Webestools

Annotate images and videos — ThingLink

Pageflow. Digital Storytelling Tool & Publishing Platform


Shorthand Social — Create stories that are made to be shared

Create and publish video with open source Kaltura editor |

Nice Articles

We need to talk: 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital » Nieman Journalism Lab

Interviews – Riptide

12 basics of interviewing, listening and note-taking ‑ Poynter

What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: How editors see the news differently from readers, and the limits of filter bubbles » Nieman Journalism Lab

Want to start a small data journalism team in your newsroom? Here are 8 steps » Nieman Journalism Lab

Guia de Privacy Jornalistas (esta em Web Articles)

Center for Digital Democracy

Media Channel – Home

Today’s Front Pages | Newseum

Newspaper Map

FlightAware – Rastreador de Vôos / Estado de Vôos / Rastreio de Vôos

MarineTraffic: Global Ship Tracking Intelligence | AIS Marine Traffic

Reproducible Journalism

Trending subjects monitoring

Spike (paid, good if you have a huge social media generated traffic )

State – global opinion network


Google Trends – Web Search interest – Brazil, Past 4 hours (you can customize your own) – Search And Find The Best Twitter Hashtags – Free

Tagboard | Organizing the world's hashtags, providing hashtag analytics and tracking

Creative Commons and Copyright free (or almost) content

Content for free use under Creative Commons licence: CC is an amazing bucket of copyrighted free content. Be alert to what each specific license allows you to. Not every content is licensed the same way and you may infringe legal rights.

Home – Death to the Stock Photo

CC Search

Geograph Britain and Ireland – photograph every grid square!

Clipart – High Quality, Easy to Use, Free Support

Free Travel Stock Photos – Tourism images from everywhere around the World

Compfight / A Flickr Search Tool

Abstract Textures, Background Photos – free stock images : royalty free photography project – a public domain stock photo collaboration – Stock Photos / Blog

Free Pictures – Wylio, Get pictures. Give credit.

Creative-Commons – DeviantArt

War in Syria : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Audio archive

Legal Music For Videos – Creative Commons

Free Music Archive: Music for Video

incompetech | Free themes

Music for Commercial Use – Jamendo Royalty Free Music Licensing

Royalty Free Music by Bensound | Creative Commons Music

YouTube – Audio Library

ccMixter – Welcome to ccMixter | Free Loops Easy Downloads –

Jamendo Music | Free music downloads

SoundClick – Free MP3 music download and much, much more.

Tribe of Noise

Audio Network – Quality Production Music for TV, Film, Video & Advertising

Cassiano Gobbet

I am a journalist, interested in everything related to the equation technology + communication.