Using DocumentCloud: A Digital Tools Tutorial

Course Overview

Title:
Using DocumentCloud: A Digital Tools Tutorial
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the American Press Institute and Knight Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
January 31, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
January 31, 2013 Enroll Now
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Hundreds of newsrooms around the world use DocumentCloud to analyze, annotate and publish primary source documents. Join us to find out how you can use this free tool in your own work.

We’ll walk you through all of these steps and show you how you can implement DocumentCloud in your newsroom to enhance and highlight your journalism.

Documents have long been the backbone of watchdog reporting. Journalists can better deal with and understand their documents electronically with DocumentCloud.

This training event is part of a series on digital tools in partnership with the American Press Institute and The Poynter Institute, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

See more tools in the Digital Tools Catalog

Quick Start Guide

If you don't see a video player, click here DocumentCloudPitch

What Will I Learn:
  • How to upload a variety of file formats from PDF to scanned images
  • How to make documents fully searchable
  • How to visualize information on a timeline
  • How to search across multiple documents
  • How to highlight and notate documents
  • How to publish documents online
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who uses primary-source documents in their reporting or wants to publish these documents.

Course Instructor:

Jaimi Dowdell

Jaimi Dowdell joined IRE as training director in 2008. Before that she was computer-assisted reporting editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In addition to her work at the Post-Dispatch, she taught a CAR course for Washington University in St. Louis. She received her master’s degree from the University of Missouri.

Training Partners:

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute conducts research, training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path ahead for journalism in the 21st century.

Founded in 1946, its mission was to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment – to sustain a free press in the public interest. That mission continues in the modern era.

The Institute initially was located at Columbia University’s Journalism School before moving in 1974 to Reston, Va.

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

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