Digital Tool Catalog

A partnership of

American Press Institute
Poynter
Knight Foundation

Digital tools can make your journalism and your business far more powerful. So we've created this catalog to guide you to the tools that can help you the most. Whether you're reporting and publishing news, engaging with your community, or looking for ways to make your business practices more profitable, we can help.

If you're already using these tools, please add your comments about how you're using them. (Make sure you log in first.) Your feedback can help other newsrooms in their digital transformation.

Have a tool you'd like to share? Simply log in and fill out our submission form. It takes just a couple of minutes, and we'll guide you through the details to share a description of the tool, contact information, screengrabs and more. (A quick note: While we review each upload for appropriate content, we don't edit or warrant the material.)

Want more ideas and digital tools training? We're creating a series of free webinar tutorials:

Digital Tools Tutorials


If you have questions, email us anytime at info@newsu.org.

The Digital Tools Project is a partnership of the American Press Institute and Poynter, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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  • Tableau Public (Free)

    Tableau Public is a free data visualization tool that can help you create interactive visualizations and embed them in your website or share them in minutes.
  • FOIA Machine (Free)

    FOIA Machine is the open source web transparency platform that allows journalists and citizens to prepare, file and track public record requests to government agencies worldwide. The current version is a prototype.
  • OSGeo Live (Free)

    OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB thumb drive or Virtual Machine based on Xubuntu, that allows you to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything. It is composed entirely of free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around.
  • Meograph (Free)

    Meograph helps easily create, watch, and share interactive stories.
  • Popcorn Maker (Free)

    From the Mozilla Foundation, allows users to add interactivity to videos -- popup text, maps, weblinks, photos, live feeds.
  • RebelMouse (Tiered)

    RebelMouse is a social publishing platform, that empowers users to build a dynamic site or presence around what is being posted and shared across social media.
  • Census.Ire.Org (Free)

    Census.Ire.Org provides journalists with a simpler way to access 2010 Census data so they can spend less time importing and managing the data and more time exploring and reporting the data.
  • SnagFilms (Free)

    SnagFilms.com offers a broad collection of independent movies you can watch for free on demand and share with others.
  • TileMill (Free)

    TileMill helps journalists make custom interactive maps for the web. It is compatible with many types of popular data files and can also pull information from public sources.
  • Public Insight Network (free)

    American Public Media's online network of sources who have real experience with the topic of a story.