16 free digital tools that any newsroom can use

by Sara Olstad
Oct 30, 2018 in Digital Journalism

The ICFJ Knight Fellows are global media innovators who foster news innovation and experimentation to deepen coverage, expand news delivery and better engage citizens. As part of their work, they’ve created tools that they are eager to share with journalists worldwide.

Two ICFJ Knight Fellows, Jorge Luis Sierra and Shaheryar Popalzai, are speaking at the 2017 NICAR conference in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 2-5. Sierra, a cybersecurity and digital technology expert, will help journalists take their secure communications and data protection skills to the next level. Popalzai will share his tips for creating immersive journalism stories through the use of 360° video.

As part of #NICAR17, try out these 16 free digital tools created by the Fellows and their media partners. The projects range from Popalzai’s step-by-step guide to help newsrooms get started with 360° video to Sierra’s Salama, a tool that assesses a reporter’s risk and recommends ways to stay safe. Other ICFJ Knight Fellow tools can help journalists find stories in complex datasets, better distribute their content and train their journalists on the latest digital tools and technologies. If you try any of the tools or lead any new projects inspired by them, tweet about it to @ICFJKnight.

Main image CC-licensed by Flickr via jen_jen77.