Digital Tool Catalog

A partnership of

American Press Institute
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.)

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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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  • The PANDA Project (Free)

    The PANDA Project allows journalists to upload data to make it safe, easily searchable and available to other journalists in the organization.
  • Overview (Free)

    Overview scans large document sets and displays relationships among topics, people, places and dates, drawing connections that journalists wouldn't otherwise be able to see.
  • Ushahidi (Free)

    Ushahidi is an open-source platform for crowd-sourced breaking news.
  • NewsCred (Starting at $2,950/month)

    Tool/Service to syndicate stories from blogs and journalism outlets
  • Zeega (free)

    "The platform combines Tumblr or Storify-style narrative construction with multimedia capabilities to create something close to interactive movies, which can then be shared via built-in social media functions," according to Neil Ungerleider of Fast Company.
  • Chute (Contact Chute to learn more, including custom implementations. )

    Chute is a tool that allows you to capture and display user-generated content on your own site.
  • Creatavist (Free)

    Creatavist allows you to make a digital story, magazine, resource guide, and more on your own. No design or programming is required. Using Creatavist's cloud-based platform, you can instantly compile chapters that include: text, images, video, and photo-galleries and publish them to a Web or iOS app.
  • Storyful (€500/month)

    Storyful helps journalists locate and filter breaking news, trending stories and local sources from the noise of social media. Founded by a news anchor and foreign correspondent with two decades of experience, the paid service uses a variety of techniques to locate emerging social media stories and determine their accuracy. More than 20 news organizations have adopted Storyful, including the New York Times, ABC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, Google and Youtube.
  • Dash ($499.00) is a next-generation semantic platform built for the needs of large-scale online publishers. We use proprietary information extraction algorithms to process all content on a site, indexing a publisher's articles by topic, author, section, and publication date. We then marry this information with traffic and social data to understand what is in demand and why. Dash gives publishers a level of insight about what their users want to read, how their content is changing over time, and what they can do to drive additional revenue that no other analytics tool on the market compares with.
  • DocumentCloud (Free)

    DocumentCloud helps journalists analyze documents and present those documents to their audience in a meaningful way. The free service operated by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) includes analysis tools that make documents fully searchable, create timelines from multiple documents and more. Journalists can annotate documents for their own use or for their audiences. And documents can be shared privately with other reporters, editors or sources. DocumentCloud allows you to publicly post your documents, with or without annotations, and provides a document reader that helps you guide your audience to key points in any report, budget or other document.