Twain

Research/Reporting

Twain

☀☀☀☀ Personalization. People go back and forth on whether they want their news customized. Too much filtering and you only get news you already agree with. Twain, run by algorithms, not editors, scours the globe to serve up popular web stories. Nieman Lab likes the tool because of its ability to find stories you may never have heard of. The app was released for iOS in early April 2017. Journalists: if you are looking for an interesting story mix, hop on the Twain train.  Ben Jacobs

oTranscribe

☀☀☀☀ Transcribing interviews can waste huge sums of time for journalists. Enter oTranscribe, a free HTML5 tool takes some of the pain out of the transcribing process, allowing you to adjust the speed of the video or audio file while you transcribe and insert time codes with a keyboard shortcut. The tool keeps your video or audio file and the transcription of the audio on your device to ensure your data is protected. It is not offered in the App Store or Google Play, but through a Chrome extension; you can transcribe videos using Google Docs to host the text. Journalists should try this software. Time is valuable and oTranscribe gives you the ability to make the most of it.

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Todoist

☀☀☀ Todoist (free) is a good app, but it doesn’t have as many features as other to-do list apps. For example, Evernote’s free version allows photo uploads and audio recording while Todoist doesn’t.  Unless you shell out the $28.99 a year for a premium subscription, Todoist won’t even send push notifications. It does, however, have a motivating point system that lets you move up ranks as you complete tasks. Todoist’s premium version gets good reviews, but the free version is mediocre. It is available for download on Google Play and iTunes.   Leah Soto

Quip

☀☀☀☀☀ Collaboration is hard without a common workspace, but Quip offers a digital alternative. It helps office teams keep files organized and work together from anywhere. Users can create documents and spreadsheets within the app and then export them into Microsoft Office or in PDF or HTML formats. Quip also has a team chat room to make communication easier. This app would be useful for journalists who are collaborating on a project. It’s free for personal use, but goes up in price for team use.  Cat Supawit

Hoaxy

☀☀☀ There is no reason to be fooled anymore by fake news. Hoaxy, an online platform in beta designed by Indiana University, takes the hassle out of fact-checking. With a simple search, a user can get a list of claims and fact-checks about a topic of interest, and a graph illustrating how misinformation is spread. DigitalTrends went more in-depth into how the website tracks Twitter posts to plot the spread of fake news. The website seems a tad overwhelming, but the benefits for journalists and news consumers are enough to keep them coming back. — Cole Feinbloom

Bear

☀☀☀☀ Tedious note-taking and script-writing just became an afterthought. Bear allows journalists to house their notes, scripts, and even contact information and to-do lists all in one free app. A bonus for broadcast journalists: the tool provides an estimated read time for scripts. A reviewer for The Verge chose Bear over Evernote, noting that Bear contains fewer features, but saying it is “exponentially faster and more pleasant to use.” This product is available only for iPhone or Mac users, so Android users must wait on this easy-yet-powerful app. — Cole Feinbloom

Anchor

☀☀☀ Being a journalist just got easier. Using IBM technology, the free app Anchor takes the hassle out of interviews. The app, available on the App Store and Google Play, just released a feature to record, publish, and transcribe phone interviews, all from within the app. The Verge tested this new feature. The app also encompasses podcasts of all kinds, separated down into bite-sized chunks for quick listening. With some fine-tuning, this app could prove beneficial for journalists. — Cole Feinbloom

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

☀☀☀☀☀ Any dictionary is useful for journalists, but the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a dictionary, thesaurus, game and quiz app in one. Every week new vocabulary quizzes come out. Think you have a deep vocabulary? Play one of the three word games to find out how wrong you are. In my experience, the free version works well enough (except for pesky ads). Though, for only $1.99 a year you can get rid of those, and for $4.99, the premium version adds illustrations and proper and foreign terms. The app is available on iTunes or Google Play. — Leah Soto

EasyBib

☀☀☀☀ With just a few details from your references, EasyBib formats a bibliography for you in Modern Language Association (MLA) style. It’s essential for college students. (I only had to enter the type of resource (book, website, magazine, etc.) and the title or link, and it produced the citation.) MLA is free, but if you need another academic style (or want extra perks) MyBib Pro will cost $4.99 a month. For another positive review, visit PC Mag’s review. The app serves Android or iOS systems. Sarah Hunt

Hypothesis

☀☀☀☀ Hypothesis is a free nonprofit Google Chrome extension designed “to enable conversations about “the world’s knowledge.” Annotate web pages and PDF files, and discuss content directly on the content itself. Installing the tool and creating an account is easy and worth it. Though Genius offers competition, Hypothesis holds its own, allowing users to organize their research quickly. Journalists working on stories can use Genius add personal notes to their source material and hear what others say about the same research. Nisa Ayral