Play - Inspire - Innovate:  100s of tools



Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Everything

Searching for a section of audio

corresponding to a note is easy to find.

The recording time is inserted

at the beginning of each line of

text.. $9.99.

5-0 Radio
Police scanner, emergency frequencies. Free.

1Checker
Mac app that checks your grammar and spelling. Free.

10-Minute Mail
Throwaway email addresses that expire in 10 minutes. Allows you to sign up for things without using your real email address. 

1Password
A popular password manager app, it stores them in your Web browser, requiring only that you to use the one master password to access them. 1Password also makes good use of the cloud to keep it in sync with all your devices. Starts at $24.99 though there is a one month free trial option.

100 Types
A gathering of information on specific typefaces.

123rf
Royalty free stock photos.

360Verse
360 panoramas.

500px
Photography community. Share photos and ideas on this free app (IOS, Android, Windows).

750 Words
A Tracks your progress toward writing 750 words each day. Tracks your writing speed, and how often you get distracted. Free.

ABBYY FineReader
Turn scans of paper documents, PDF files, and digital photographs into searchable and editable formats. $169.99.

Ableton Live
Audio editing program especially for music.

About Me
Quickly create an attractive profile page. A digital card/personal description site that is highly searchable and smartly designed. Sort of a social media business card. Video introduction here.

Academic Earth
More than 1,500 video lectures by professors from Harvard, Yale, broken down into single classes on topics like art, architecture, and astronomy. Free.

Academic OneFile
This database, often available through public libraries, has access to thousands of journals. Not all articles are available in full text. Subscription required.

Academic Search Premier*
This database provides access to the latest research published in thousands of scholarly journals. Subscription required.

Account Killer
Shows how to completely close any social media account, not just disable them.

Acoustica
Audio editing program. Basic version is free and includes MP4 and AAC import and export filters.

Adobe Audition
Audio editing program.  Formerly Cool Edit Pro.  $349 but it can be purchased as part of Creative Suite.

Adobe Connect
Video conferencing.

Adobe Export
Convert PDF files to Word or Excel documents.  $1.99 a month.

Adobe Indesign
Adobe product that is the industry standard for page layouts and design (posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books). For professionals and high end projects but for personal or smaller projects, there are other programs with a lower learning curve.

Adobe Pagemaker
While not on the level of Adobe InDesign, it is an effective page layout program for the non-professional. Includes predesigned templates that can be modified.

Adobe Kuler
Find complementary color palettes using a color wheel.

Afterlight
Similar to Darkroom, Wired calls this iPhone app "Instagram on steroids." Lots of filters, textures, and unique frames.  99 cents.

After Deadline
A New York Times blog about writing.

After the Deadline*
Checks your story for grammar, spelling and style. Works as a plugin for WordPress blogs, an add-on for the Firefox browser, etc.

Agorapulse
Twitter and Facebook AND Instagram management tool. Receive instant email notification every time one of your automated moderation rules applies to a post or comment. Discover your most engaged fans based on interaction with your page. Coordinates contests and promotions. Accounts start at $29 a month.

Alternion
Aggregation of your social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr) as well as email into one scrollable dashboard.  Free.

Amcharts
Creates charts and maps.

Anchor
An app for recording short-form audio snippets. Intended to be a "Snapchat" for audio with some creative tools. Content disappears after 24 hours.

Animated GIFs in Photoshop
A tutorial for creating Animated GIFs in Photoshop.

Animoto
Templates for creative videos made up of your photos. Free but limited. Small fee for more flexibility.

ArgyleSocial
A social media platform for B2B marketing--merge social data with sales and numbers to identify best prospects. A single dashboard to monitor both Facebook and Twitter as well as reports on ROI.

Associated Press Stylebook*
The most used reference guide to writing news stories, the AP stylebook is available both in print and online for a small fee.  It can improve general writing as well, especially for its alphabetically organized guide to the use of common and proper nouns.

Audacity*
Audio editing software. Free and open source.

Audioboo
Think of it as YouTube for audio.

AudioNote*
Searching for a section of audio corresponding to a note is easy to find.  The recording time is inserted at the beginning of each line of text. $9.99.

Authory
Automatically backs up a journalist’s articles regardless as to which  site they’re published on.  Lets readers “subscribe” to journalists, so that they can receive email notifications when one of them publishes something new. Two week free trial. After that the service is $7 a month or $70 a year.

Aurasma
Augmented reality sharing site.

AutoCrit
Scans your writing and highlights flaws such as repetitive words, overuse of adverbs and use of passive voice. $30 a month.

Avid Pro Tools
An industry-standard, studio-grade audio editing tool. $699 for the base version.

Axure
Design software interactive HTML website wireframe.

Balsamiq
Design software for rapid wireframing tool.

Banjo
Search your location for social media trends in real time.  The system shows geolocated public posts made from mobile devices and organized by location through "following" people, organized by location.  Banjo Discovery is a curated sample of what's interesting.

Batchgeo
Map creator. Can be embedded into a site.

beBee
Personal branding platform.

Better PR Writer
An automated Web tool that scores the writing of your PR press release.  Designed to measure the readability of your press release. There is a less than enthusiastic review here.

Bitcasa
Digital storage.

Bitly
URL shortening and bookmarking service that also offers real time-analytics as well as click tracking. Works with Twitter and Facebook. Free.

Bittorrent Sync
The most widely used storage format for sharing pirated content, Bittorrent is making an effort to be known for more legit offerings through it's Sync app that synchronizes files across devices apart from the cloud.

Bobler
App for creating shareable audio packages of up to two minutes in length. Ad text, images and geo-tags. Use the app to search for audio uploads from a specific location. Not embeddable (as is audio uploaded on Soundcloud or Audioboo).  Watch a video explanation here.

Bottle Nose
Track news and trends across social networks.

Blogger
Free blog platform with gentle learning curve for beginners Run by Google, so it integrates with Google products well. Lacks many plugins to improve functionality. Limited design options.

BlogTalkRadio
Using phones, you can interview someone and it both streams and records downloadable MP3 of the interview.

Blottr
Residents can use to report on breaking news events in their own neighborhoods.

Boomerang
Schedule Gmail or Outlook email for a later send date.  Add-on for Firefox and Chrome. Free.

Box
Digital storage focused on business solutions.

Brainshark
Convert existing PowerPoints into an online video. Fee for some options.

BrandYourself
Manage and take overship of your search results. Helps to make sure search engines find the real you and put your relevant results at the top.

the Brookings Institution
A non-profit think tank, Brookings has a large network of scholars that produce reports and papers on a wide variety of important news topics.

Browsershots
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live. Free.

BrowserStack
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

Buffer*
Popular social media scheduling service for posting to multiple sites at one time or later, including: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+. Provides analytics. Free, but $10 (and up) a month gives you unlimited scheduling so you can plan your content well ahead of time.

Bunkr
Collects visual content and organize it into slides. Like Evernote for formatting presentations. Built for speedy, easy assembly though not as flexible as Prezi. The HTML5 presentation works on computers, phones and tablets.  Allows for multiple users to work on the same presentation (like Google Docs). Free unless you want to space to store more than two presentations, though you can download them in PDF or PPT.

Butterick's Practical Typography
Everything font-related including kerning, spacing, formatting, and more.

BuzzSumo
Dashboard showing hot social media topics from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.  A few free searches each day or unlimited if you sign up for an account with an email address. A paid BuzzSumo Pro service is in the works. Alternative to Uprise.io.

Calculate Duration between Dates
Find out exactly how many much time has passed between two dates (or will pass).

Calibre
Convert e-books from one format to another. Create, edit, and read e-books. Free. 

Camel Camel Camel
Shows the price history of anything on Amazon and alerts you when the price drops.

Camera FV-5
An app to control camera functions including shutter speed, exposure, focus, and white balance. (Android only)

Camera+*
Photo app with lots of filters and strong HDR mode. Sets the standard when it comes to third party iPhone cameras.  $2.99.

CameraT
Photo app. IOS only. Features: shutter speed, white balance, and exposure compensation, focus controls, tilt meter. Doe not record video.

Canva*
Create social media graphics (like Snapchat My Story Graphics and Snapchat geofilteres), headers, slides, flyers, photo collages, posters, and infographics using drag-and-drop.  Clip-art library available or upload your own images. Shre to social media from the app or download a jpg, PDF, etc. for posting. Free.

Capzles
Create flexible timelines.

Carma
Analytic insights for PR. Paid.

Caspio
Creates databases, charts.

Chartbeat
Real-time analytics, including how long your audience is actively engaged and how far they’ve scrolled down the page. (Paid service. Free 30-day trial.)

Chart Maker
Quickly make charts, graphs, etc.

Charted
Build by Medium. Just plug in a CSV file or a link to a Google Spreadsheet and the tool does all the graphing work for you. There's an explanation here.

Chartist.js
Simple responsive charts. Will change the way the data is displayed based on the size screen it's being viewed on.

Chat Step
Private chatrooms.

Cinemagram
App for iPhone users, which creates GIFs that feel more like mini-movies. Free

Cision
Large public relations software firm that merged with Vocus. Focused on executing and measuring influencer-oriented media campaigns. Large media and blogger database, distributes press releases, manages influencer outreach, and measure social media activities.

Citation Machine
Auto-formatting for citations of research papers.

Clear
App that finds and flags your potentially inappropriate past social media posts and tweets.

Clear Slide
Alternative to Power Point.

Cliche Finder
Just what the title suggests. Free.

Clippings Me
Showcase your work as a journalist, blogger or writer.  Add online and print clippings, link to your social media sites, and customize your portfolio. Free.  Demo

Clips
This Apple app let's you add text, filters, emoji, music, and opaque transition cards to your photos or videos. Intended to be fun, though the menu layout is not entirely intuitive and it does take some time to create. Free.

Cloud Flare
Designed to increase website's performance (through routing and switching--helping computers connect over the Internet) and security (using cloud cyber-security and encrypted HTTPS connections.).  Some services free, while paid plans range from $20 per month to thousands of dollars for clients with intricate websites.

Clue
Memory test for your site.

Code Ecademy
Learn to code for free.

Codi
Records and sincs audio (from news conferences, for instance) with typing so you can find quotes easier. Always recording so picks up the 10 secs before you turn on recording.  Enables recording calls, highlighting key parts of the conversation, and transcription.  Free.

Cogi*
Mobile app to record meetings, interviews. Tags and annotations. Rewind function allows you to store audio after the fact. This feature allows the app to ‘listens’ without saving anything until you tap it. It then ‘rewinds’ 15 seconds and continues recording from there.  Free. $5 for more features.

Color Me
Visualize hex colors.

Commarts
"Inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication."

Comparea
See a visual comparison of two states, cities, countries or continents. Move them around.  It will also tell how many times bigger a geographic area is to another.

Content Gems
Monitors blogs, social media, etc and filters the content based on keywords, etc. and sends you links. A free account is available but limited. Paid accounts (starting at $9) are based on the number of keywords you want to research. another.

Contently
Tools for creating and showcasing storytelling content of writers. Connects publishers (both news organizations and PR folks at businesses with journalists, then takes a 15% transition fee. Designed to help freelancers find work. Takes care of the paperwork aspect (invoicing and payments) for businesses hiring freelancers. Free.

Contxts
A tech alternative to business cards.

Copyscape
Check for online plagiarism.

Corpus of Contemporary American English
This BYU site includes transcripts of spoken language from radio and television programs and comprises academic writing from a range of disciplines allowing comparison of styles--spoken language vs.written academic language.

Coschedule Headline Analyzer
Analyze your headlines for SEO and share value.

Cover it Live*
Live blogging. Free.

Crazy Egg
One of the leading visualization software that gives website administrators heatmap reports on how visitors to their site use their pages. See more here.

CreateAGraph
Kid friendly. Very simple. 

Creative Commons
Royalty free stock photos.

Crimson Hexagon
In-depth sentiment metrics for planning social strategies. No mobile app. Paid.

Cross Browser Testing
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

Crowdfire
(Formerly JustUnfollow) This app shows you who has stopped following you on Twitter, who are the inactive users, nearby followers, people who don't follow back. Works with Instagram as well.

Crowd Booster*
Pulls together your Facebook and Twitter info (time most people look at your images or video uploads, your total reach, engagement, etc.). Helpful for devising a social media strategy. At a glance analytics recommendations on timing as well as audience insights. Starting at $9 a month.

Crowd Map
Crowdsourced data, mapped.

*Crowdtangle
A "social listening device" that locates well-performing Facebook posts in a given area of content and shows them in a dashboard. If applicable to a client then users are able to either re-post the trending post or take that concept and make it useful to the specific audience. Called the secret behind UpWorthy’s success.  Formally a monthly subscription cost but purchased by Facebook in 2016 and now free though there is a vetting process.

Crystal
Analyzes data from social media and such to put people into 64 personality types in order to help users craft email that empathizes with the preferred approach of recipients. Starts at $19 a month for individuals. $99 for companies.

CuePrompter
Turns your browser into a television teleprompter.

Daily Page
Start a daily writing routine with daily writing prompts. $5 a month or $4 annually. A new data visualization sample each day. Great way to get ideas.

Darkroom*
Iphone app with filters (or create your own filters), a curves tool for RGB channels, and an infinite history remembers all your edits so undo is easy. Edit photos without having to import them. Link your account to your Instagram account for easy upload. Free. $3 upgrade for curves.

Data Driven Vizualization
Examples, steps and video of how to create data visualizations.

Data.gov
US government data sets.

Dataminr
Tool for catching what's news on Twitter before it trends.

DataVault
Password manager to protect your data. Can sync through Dropbox. $10 for any operating system.

Data Remixed
Blog about data visualizations by Ben Jones, an engineer in LA.

Data Viz
Drupal-based embeddable modules.

Data Visual
Charts and graphs.  Templates or start from scratch.  A short video introduction here.

Data Wrangler
A tool created by Stanford University's Visualization Group for cleaning and rearranging data for other tools to use (such as a spreadsheet).  Does not actually visualizes your data, but preps it for use. This includes extracting, filling, dropping, merging and wrapping data points among other things. There's a learning curve, but it's free.

Date to Date Calculator
Find out exactly how many much time has passed between two dates (or will pass).

Day One
Great journaling app for IOS and Mac.  Clean look, syncing, photo imports, passcode, reminders, public publish option. Very organized and easy to navigate.  $4.99.

Death to Stock Photo
10 free, hi-resolution photos each month (for your email address). Access to entire library of hi-resolution photos is $10 a month.month.

Deepgram
Transcrption service uses artificial intelligence to transcribe large audio files and allow users to search them using keywords. Free.

delivr
QR code generator.

Design Thinking
Blog by Tim Brown about Design issues. Brown is author of Change by Design.

DeviantArt
A wide range of different Creative Commons. Somewhat difficult to navigate.

Dextro
App to search for particular feeds on Periscope (a video streaming service).

Dipity
Embeddable timeline generator w/photos and text. Sample.

Directory of Open Access Journals
A growing database that covers only journals that are free and open to the public.

Directory of Open Access Repositories
This free site is operated by the University of Nottingham in the UK. It aggregates databases from around the world, locating open access research across disciplines.

DivShare
Post your audio here link to it from your blog or embed it into your blog.

Diversity Style Guide
Resource to help media writers nagivate through a "multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity."

Down for everyone (or just me)?
Find out if Google, Twitter, and other services are down for just you or other people as well.

DownloadPeriscopeVideos
Save video from Periscope.

Dragon Dictation
Voice to text app for iOS. Have to finish dictation before seeing the text. Free.

Doodle
Create polls; can’t be embedded, but can be linked.

DreamsTime
Royalty free stock photos and some for low prices, but you have to register before you can download which requires a lot of your information.

Dropbox*
Online file storage for backups. Syncs folders automatically on several devices. 2 GB free. 100 GB for $10 a month.

DropVox
Records audio and sends it directly to your Dropbox account.

Easely.ly*
Create infographics. Video sample here.

Easybib
Auto-formatting of citations for research papers

Ecamm
App that records Facetime audio and video for Mac. Convert your calls into MP3 files for podcasting or easily move the video to YouTube and Vimeo. Allows you to split the audio tracks after a call for easy editing. $29.95.

EditFlow
Content management system for WordPress providing a snapshot of content with a calendar feature. Advanced draft and pending review feature. User groups to keep writing teams organized. Useful for multi-author websites.  

EditTeach
Resources for editing professors, students and working professionals to help strengthen the craft of editing and support the work of editors.

Editorial
Powerful writing program for iPad and iPhone. High learning curves but valuable once you find workflows that suit your purposes. Beautiful inline preview.  $6.99.

Editorially - no longer available
A stripped-down a text editor. Allows for collaborators. Tracks changes. Not a publishing platform.

Email Spam Test
Check to ensure that your email isn't going to be flagged as spam before you send it.

ePhoto Clamp*
ePhoto Portable Swivel Flash Clamp with Hot Shoe Mount Flash Adapter. Holds your phone to many different surfaces. $15.

EtherPad
Collaborative writing tool. Example here.

Evernote*
Access notes on any computer, tablet or phone. Search function lets you find a note in either text or audio format. Free for iOS and Android.

EveryPost
Post to Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, all at one time. Free app.

Every Stock Photo
More than 21 million free stock photos (under the Creative Commons license).

Expresso*
An app that analyzes your writing, breaking down everything from which words you are using frequently to the number of times parts of speech come up in your writing. See what percentage of sentences are extra-long and which words are filler and which verbs are weak.

Exif Data
Extract Exif (Exchangeable Image File) data from photos. EXIF is a standard for additional data embedded within an image or audio files, which can include date, time, camera settings, etc.

eWallet
Password manager to protect your data. The Windows version is $20, others $10. 

Facebook Live
Livestreaming like Periscope.

Facebook Mentions
A separate app from messenger, this will allow you to send things. just to certain friends.

Facebook Signal
One-stop shopping for FB/Instagram trends.

Facetune
Airbrushing for the face. Digital makeup that works on IOS and Android.

Fact Check
A political fact checking site run by The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Fact Checker
A political fact checking site run by The Washington Post.

Fade In
Script-writing software with similar features to Final Draft without the price tag. Not as many of the extras that come with Final Draft but only $50.  Windows, Mac, Linux.

Fake Name Generator
Free new identity.

Fargo
An outlining application that runs in your browser but stores your files in Dropbox. Build hierarchies, ideas branching off ideas. Users can hide parts of outlines as you’re working, to keep the document manageable. Elements can be moved to other programs for slide presentations, to create sections of a research paper, or as blog posts. Outlines can be dropped inside other outlines.

Feedient
Aggregation of social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr) into one scrollable dashboard.  Free.

Feedly
RSS feed. Subscribe to the posts of a site. Free.

Fetching
Captures every site you visit automatically, so you can more easily find websites and articles you need now but didn't know at the time you would need them.

FillAnyPDF
Upload PDFs, PNGs, JPGs, or GIFs to the site (no software required) and then email a link to the file. The receiver can open the form and fill out the required information without having to download the file, then print, scan and fax it back to you. The site promises security for uploaded files. Free trial. Costs start at $12 a year.

Filmic
High definition mobile cam for videography, photography. $4.99.

FilterStorm
Advanced mobile photo editing that allows for sending by email, FTP, Dropbox, SFTP or export into social media. $3.99.

Final Cut Pro
Video editing program.

Final Draft
Industry standard for writing screenplays on both Windows and Mac. Notes section for keeping track of characters, special scene view to get an overview, index card system for summaries, etc. $250.

Find Exif 
Extract Exif (Exchangeable Image File) data from photos. EXIF is a standard for additional data embedded within an image or audio files, which can include date, time, camera settings, etc.

FindMyShadow
This free site helps you to "calculate the position and height of the sun anywhere in the world on any date and plot the shadow cast by the sun at different times of the day." A helpful tool for photo verification.

Flair
Build audio and video with text effects Flash-based presentations without knowing coding for Flash. Not free.

Flickr
Easy to navigate, though not the best app for shooting and editing photos. But the free terabyte of storage makes a a good place to dump everything. The Creative Commons licensing section has free stock photos.

Flipboard*
RSS feed for phone (no desktop alternative). Subscribe to the posts of a site. Attractive display that looks like a magazine. Lots of content options. Free.

Flip Text
Flip text.  Use it on Facebook or Twitter. Free.

FocusWriter
App for distraction-free writing. A blank canvas to write on--and nothing else. Includes timers, stats, alarms, goals setting, etc. Free.

FollowerWonk
Show you when your Twitter follower are online so you can plan accordingly. Analysis by region. But reports can take hours to build. Free but more metrics with paid account.

Font Feed
A "daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world."

Font dragr
Browser based tool that checks for web-friendly fonts. Just drag and drop.

FontJoy
This site will generates font pairings for your design project whether you are aiming to create balance, tension or set off content. Free.

Font Shop
This link takes you to the design section of the website where you can "improve your design skills with typography tips and tutorials. FontShop Education docs are formatted for easy downloading and printing, perfect for the classroom or studio." There's also a healthy glossary section, among other things.

Foto Forensics
Helps you verify authenticity of digital images.

Foursquare
Geolocation.

Free Digital Photos
Free stock photos but you must give credit to the image creator.

Free Images
Free stock photos with details on restrictions.

Free Pix
Lots of nice free stock photos of travel, people, etc. Other photos fall under the Creative Commons.

Free Range
Quality free stock photos. Must register.

Free Stock Photos
More than 14,000 free stock photos and clipart. A variety of licenses from commercial to public domain.

Free Twitter Designer
Easy-to-use image editor to help you create a professional-looking theme on your Twitter account.

the Freelance EffectWriting Tools
60 Formidable Tools & Resources to Improve Your Writing

FreezePage
Save a copy of what a web address looked like at a specific date and time.

Freshbooks
A cloud-based accounting app that helps you manage clients and projects, send invoices, and track time, expenses, and estimates right from your iPhone. Best for running a business in which you have specific projects for different clients that involve billable hours. The first three clients are free; then $20 for up to 25 clients or $30 for unlimited clients per month.

Friend or Follow
Find out who's not following you back on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.

Full Text Reports
A site that aggregates research-related studies and reports from across the universe of information. The materials are hand-picked.

FX
A browser-based effect generator for flash.

GarageBand
Only 5 minutes of audio can be edited.

Gender Guesser
Cut and paste some of your writing into the the Gender Guesser and it will tell you whether you are male or female based on the writing tendencies of each.

Geograph
More than 3 million free stock photos for travel and geography under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

Getty Images
Getty Images is allowing users to forgo the company's watermark and use most of its images for free in exchange for a credit at the bottom of the picture with a link to the licensing page.

GeoFeedia
Search social media in real-time by location. Find photos, tweets, and other user generated content. For a cost, GeoFeedia will set up a geofence for a particular place.  Draw a circle around any area on a map to see all the content being posted by users within that area in real-time. Around a store so management can see what people are saying while browsing or a news organization can build a fence around a place where news is happening. $1,450 a month for up to five users.

Gephi
Popular social networking analysis tool. Interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical Graphs. Impressive looking but has a steep learning curve (as opposed to Raw). Watch a video introduction to an older version of Gephi here.

Ghost
Simple to use, custom domains. The product of a Kickstarter campaign. CMS free. Hosting is $4.99 a month.

Giant Squid Audio Lab Omnidirectional Mic
Great quality sound but requires an adapter for it to work with a phone. $47.

Gickr*
Create animated GIFs. Free but a small watermark is placed in the corner.

Gif Boom
GIF-making app for iPhone and Android that allows you to sidestep clunky web-based GIF creators. Free.

Gif Hound
GIFs about news.

Gif Soup
Find animated GIFs.

Gifbin
Find and create animated GIFs.

Ginger
Writing tool that works as grammar checker, sentence rephraser, translator, dictionary and text reader. Free.

Giphy
GIF search engine. engine.

Glisser
Glisser "makes presentations social"  by making slides sharableto audience phones and laptops. Live polling, Twitter feeds and other audience interaction. Free but a paid subscription offers more options.

Go! Animate
Make animated videos. A sample here.

Go To Meeting
Video conferencing.

GoldWave
Audio editing program.

Good Free Photos
Thousands of free stock photos under the Free Public Domain licensing.

Google Advance Search
Under “usage rights” and pick one such as “free to use, share or modify, even commercially” to narrow down your search for usable photographs. Google recommends checking the license to make sure it is legitimate.

Google Alerts
Monitor the Web. Get an email notice when Google finds a phrase or name. Free.

Google Analytics*
Breaks down who’s visiting your site. Detailed statistics about website performance and traffic sources and measures conversions.

Google Code Playground
An advanced educational tool to show code examples of Google Javascript APIs.

Google Currents
RSS feed. Subscribe to the posts of a site. Similar to Flipboard for its magazine-style interface. Free.

Google Docs Presentations  
Create presentations inside Google Docs. Free with collaborative editing but more limited than PowerPoint. 

Google Drive*
Document storage. Open and edit files from within browser windows. 5 GM free. 200 GB for $10 month. 

Google Fusion Tables
Publish data tables online. Samples.

Google Goggles
Instead of words, take a picture to do a search. Sample video here.

Google Hangouts On Air* 
Live streaming platform and automatic HD video capture that allows you to broadcast and record your Hangout to your YouTube channel.

Google Reverse Image Search
Drag and drop or upload to search where a photo originated. Video explains it here.

Google Public Data Explorer
Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.

Google Maps*

Google Now
Tracks your online behavior and uses this data to predict the information that you will need, such as local traffic or weather updates.

Google Reverse Image Search
Use the search engine to find where images originated from for authentication.

Google Scholar*
Free database, but access to the studies could be restricted. If you can’t get a particular study itself through a university/library affiliation, be sure to click “All Versions” at the bottom of the search result.

Google Trends
Real time search info. Break it down by day or region. Pulls data from YouTube and Google News as well. Insights on what people want to know right now.

Google Voice
Your own phone number. Can be used to record interviews but sometimes not reliable and they have to call you. Free.

Google's Me on the Web
Notifications when your personal data (email address, phone number, etc) gets published online.

Gopano
Create, share and view 360-degree photos and videos with any camera. Free in app store.

GorillaPod tripod (the big one)*
Joby GripTight PRO. Flexible legs wrap around objects for unlimited angles. 6.6 pounds. Rubber foot grips provide stability on any surface. $59

GorillaPod tripod (the small one)*
Joby GorillaPod flexible tripod (small) and GripTight phone holder. Flexible legs wrap around objects for unlimited angles. Rubber foot grips provide stability on any surface. $35.

the Grading Game*
App for practicing your editing skills and win points. Avail at the App Store.

Graphiq
Data vizualization tools. Formally FindTheBest. Not only are there design tools, there are many data sets available to work with.

Grammar Girl
Writing Tips from a grammarian.

Grammarly
Automated proofreader and personal grammar coach. 

Gratisography
Free hi-resolution stock photos.

Grid
Spreadsheet table app that's much simpler than Excel. Designed to tackle lists, event planning,  basic budgeting. Add photos, videos, maps, music. You can add so-called “people tiles” to your spreadsheets by giving Grid access to your phone contacts. Gesture controls and collaboration options. Video sample here.

Hackpad
Edit, organize and share documents. Sample.

Harvard's DASH repository
A central, open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community.

Harvard's Open Access Project
Aimed at expanding open access to research.

Hashtags
A real-time tracker of Twitter hashtags (like a tag for tweets, describing the content or nature of the tweet).  

HaveIBeenPwned
TheCheck to see if your email address was part of a data breach. The site tells you whether your personal information has been compromised.

Hemingway App*
The Hemingway app is designed to make you a better writer by highlighting problems in your writing. Goal is to make more direct and active--more Hemingway-ey, as the Washington Post proclaims. Just paste your text into the app and it will highlight hard to read sentences, adverbs, complex phrases, and passive voice.  Color coordinated highlighting. Click on these words to see the suggested alternatives.  Word count, readability grade, etc.  $6.99.

Heyocart
Share a status update on your Facebook business page and your fans can enter the word "buy" in order to purchase the product. Free trial.

High Charts
interactive JavaScript charts

HighWire
A library and database project from Stanford University that provides full access to a huge collection of research. It is mostly science-related, but there is significant social science scholarship, as well.

Hipstamatic*
Fact-checking photo editor. Can pick pick films, lenses, and flashes before taking your photos. Set shutter speed, shoot multi-exposed photos. $2.99 for the app but HipstaPacks for up to $4.99..

Hoax-Slayer
Fact-checking for internet rumors.

Hokusai
iOS udio editing app for interviews, podcasts, or voiceovers. Can import clips from other applications and export directly to Dropbox and iTunes.

HootSuite*
Probably the most popular social media dashboard. Manage multiple accounts across multiple social networks: execute campaigns, schedule messages, track mentions and traffic.  Monitor your data in scrollable columns from up to five social networks for free.  Pro versions (starting at $8.99 per month).

Hoppala Augmentation
Platform for augmented reality applications. Sample video.

How Cast
Free learning site divided into categories like environment, first aid, and parenting. Experts share their knowledge in videos that cover everything from surviving heart attacks to playing charades.

How Design
This site seeks to meet the "business, creativity and technology needs of graphic designers."

HubSpot's Blog Topic Generator
Instagram’s Just write three nouns related to the topic that you'd like to blog about and this site will offer ideas.

Hyperlapse
Instagram’s timelapse video. No audio option.

HyperMac
An external battery for any USB-driven device — your iPad, your iPhone, your laptop.

I am CC
A service that automatically releases your Instagram photos under Creative Commons license.

iAudition (no longer available)
Record high quality audio using external mic for better quality. Includes easy-to-use single-track audio editor. Export audio file as as MP3 or WAV. Free.

Iconosquare*
Metrics for Instagram including top photos, which filters you use the most, most engaged followers, etc. Many different types of data nicely displayed with visualizations. Free.

iCharts
Data Visualization aimed at businesses--especially those looking to brand themselves. There's a free option (which allows for data interactivity, public sharing, and unlimited standard data sets) and a business plan that starts at $25 (offering features like private charts, custom templates, upload images and logos, download high-res images, large data sets, chartbooks, etc.

Idea-Mag
Japanese design magazine.

IFTTT*
Stands for "If This Then That." Power tool for setting up automatic responses to Tweets, FB posts etc. Creates what programmers call conditional expressions. Such as sending a Tweet each time you make a blog post. Integrates well with HootSuit and Buffer. Samples.

iMovie*
Two tracks of video and audio for editing on your phone or laptop. Free.

InBoundWriter
Predictive analytics for content to improve SEO. Gives scores as to whether a topic you are about to write about will drive traffic and rank well on Google. Offers related keywords that should be included in the article, the words that should be included in the title, etc.  Free demo, then $200-$500 each month.

InDesign
See: Adobe InDesign

Infogr.am*
Create interactive illustrations. More than two dozne chart types. Includes a built-in spreadsheet tool for data editing. Samples.

Inspectlet
Records video sessions of website users’ behavior. Heatmaps show what users find interesting on your site.

Instagram*
Photo and video sharing app.

Instatrack
App that tells you about your Instagram followers.

InVID
A free Firefox plugin to debunk fake video news and verify videos and images.

Import io
Scraps data from any url and turns the webpage into data.

iOgrapher case*
Light and simple to use, this camera platform turns your phone into a filmmaking device by providing stability anda place to put additional filmmaking accessories such as a microphone and lighting. $60.

iPhone Mic Cable
Allows connecting a standard microphone with XLR connector to an iPhone or other compatible device for quality recording. $48.99.

iPhone Shutter Grip
This iPhone accessory helps you hold it more steady and have a button to push. $40.

iRig Handheld Mic*
A handheld microphone with a built-in headphone socket allowing users to monitor audio and control levels when paired with the iRig Recorder app. $99.

iRig Mic Studio*
Professional studio mic that comes with many adaptors including a lightning port plug so it will work with the iPhone 7 (which is it smaller than). Includes gain control, level indicator, and headphone output (with its own level control).  Tripod stand included. $150.

iRig Pre*
A preamp which allows you to plug your quality mic into an your iOS device. It takes an XLR input and turns it into a 3.5mm jack. A built in headphone socket allowing users to monitor audio when paired with the iRig Recorder app, which also gives audio control levels. Very simple to use. Uses 9-volt battery. $39. If you want better sound quality, and control, try the iRig Pro at $129 or even better the or iRig Pro Duo.

iRig Pro Duo*
Royalty fAllows you to plug two XLR microphones into your iPhone through the lightning port, so that you and the person you are interviewing can be mic’ed with separate gains. A headphone port allows you to monitor the audio. Uses two AA batteries so it does not draw power from your iPhone. $199.95

iStockphoto
Royalty free stock photos.

iTimeLapse Pro
Time lapse and stop motion videos on iPhone or iPad. Options include selecting how often to snap photos and how long the video should be. Only works with images taken through app. $2.99. 

iTranslate
Speech translation. Spoken English to spoken foreign language (or back)  for phrases and words. Iphone, Ipad, Apple Watch. Free.

iTunes U
More than 350,000 free video lectures.

Izatru
Photo verification site. Upload a jpg and get a trust rating as to possible authenticity. Pronounced "is it true" this software created by a Dartmouth prof Hany Farid will run a series of tests and give images a trust rating.  More helpful when you are trying to determine whether you have an original, unedited image. If the photo includes typical image editing, such as cropping, it may be flagged as if it were the same as having been heavily edited. Video samples. Free.

jQuery
Interactive. 

Jay Mantri
Free stock photos under public domain. Seven new photos each Friday.

Jing
A free, easy-to-use screen capture application. Snap a screenshot or record a video, save and share.

Joomla
Lots of possible complexity.  Deep level navigation, sections in sections, categories etc.

JSTOR*
This non-profit database covers more than a thousand academic journals, and a university or library affiliation provides access to the full text of articles. Good for background research, but lags the academic publishing world by several years.

JustDeleteMe
Want to delete your account from a site?  Here's a long list of "direct links to delete your account from web services" that might have data on you.

Jux
Photo-oriented with great layouts and fonts. Custom domains. Writing tool weak.

Kaptur
Records audio-the previous 1 minute when you tap it. Send to your phone. Looks like a fitbit. $99.

Kaywa
QR code generator.  5 dynamic codes for free, then $13.75 and up a month for analytics, etc.

KeePass
Free and open-source program offers a fairly wide range of features including multiple user keys, password groups, and database transfer. Setting an expiration date will be a reminder that it’s time to generate a new password. The downside: not as suitable for bank accounts and credit cards as competitors. No timed lockout if you are in a public place. Free.

Keep Vid
Post your audio here and then link to it from your blog or embed it into your blog.

Keynote
For Mac users, compatible with iPhone and iPad.

Keynotopia
Design software. 

Khan Academy
Tools for kids and adults in single, short lessons on a neon blackboard. More than 20,000 free videos.

Knowem
Allows you to check for the use of your name, brand, product, or username in more than 500 social media websites to see if it already taken and to secure it if it is not.

Kizoa
Free service to create slideshows and edit photos.

Klout
Measure your social media impact. Free.

Kurrently
Search engine for Facebook and Twitter.

Lastpass
Like 1Password, it generates and saves passwords. Free version is limited. Paid is $12 a year.

Layar
Augmented reality tool. 

Lexicon Valley
Slate's grammar podcasts.

Liberted Syndication
For creating podcasts. Small monthly fee.

Library of Congress Photos
Stock photos.

Libsyn
Podcast Hosting Services.

Lightning Headphone Jack Adapter
The Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter (that comes with the iPhone 7) allows you to plug your standard headphones into an iPhone 7. $9.

Limpert's About Editing and Writing Blog
A blog about how editors and writers do their work by Jack Limert was editor of the The Washingtonian for more than 40 years.

Litmus
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

Little Visuals
Hi-resolution images of buildings, travel, landscapes, under the Public Domain Dedication. Seven images in your inbox every 7 days.

LiveProBlog
Liveblog Pro is a liveblogging platform built by journalists, for journalists. Free to use for individuals, with a paid-for service offering multiple users.

LiveShare
Photo and file sharing. Sample.

Local Angle
A free platform that journalists can use to find local angles on national stories. Local Angle identifies any names mentioned in recent national news stories, and then uses this data to categorize stories by city.

Logic Pro
Audio editing program, especially music.

Lucid Press
Page layouts for Mac or PC. An alternative to Adobe InDesign.

Maestro
QR code generator. 

MailDrop.cc
Create a disappearing email address when signing up for a one-time deal or for other temporary situations. Gone in 24 hours.

Majestic SEO
Find out how all the websites on the internet link to each other. Information about how the fabric of the web is knitted together--and what is connected to yours.

ManageFlitter
Finds relevant people for you to follow on Twitter. Allows you to sort your followers/following lists by how much the people following you tweet, whether they follow you back and if they have a profile picture. Select a group and unfollow with one click so you don't have to unfollow each account individually. Schedule tweets based on when most of your followers are online. Find out who has unfollowed you. Manage multiple Twitter accounts. Track keyword mention. Some features are free but to get the most out of it you need a subscription of $12 a month.

Manual
An app to control camera functions on your phone you can't manipulate with the IPhone camera app including shutter speed, exposure, focus, and white balance. (iOS only)

Many Eyes*
Multiple data visualization tool for bar charts, graphs, tag clouds, word trees, scatterplots, block historgrams, etc. You must register to upload data, but registration is free. The public will be able to see your data. Limited to sets of only 5MB.

Marked 2
Tools for writers including word counts, document stats, highlights repeated words.  Mac only.  $9.99.

MarketMeSuite
Social media platform that lets you connect with Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Ping.fm, Zen Desk, Bizo. Supports multiple users for free, can follow keywords, create and monitor campaigns, and supports RSS integration.

Marquee
Publishing platform focused on presentation. 

Markup Wand
Photoshop to HTML/CSS converter. Strip down Photoshop files (.psd) and convert them to embeddable HTML or CSS code.

Media Fire
Free cloud storage service.

Medium
Created by Twitter co-founders to support good writing. Clean design and easy-to-use interface. For those who want to write but don’t want to maintain a blog or website. Intended to be a place where smart people plant their thoughts.  Share a draft of a post with friends who can make comments as marginal notes (rather than at the end of a post). Free, but Twitter account is required. No custom domains or customization.

Meerkat
Live-streaming app that makes broadcasting events easy. Can automatically send a tweet to followers. Alternative to Twitter's Periscope.

Meetings.io
Video meetings. Embeddable.

Meetways
Find a halfway point between two locations.  

MeFoto BackPacker Air Tripod
Lightweight and compact, the legs on this 2-pound tripod extend up to 60 inches. Converts into a selfie stick. $125.

Meltwater Buzz
Social media tracking analysis by capturing social media mentions. Reports are not detailed so it's best when only skimming mentions is your goal. Video explanation here.

Mendeley
A database that crowd-sources selected studies from participating scholars around the world. Some studies are not open access, but the abstracts and titles are all there.

Mention
Tracks social media mentions of key words you selection.block URLs out of searches and other features. 14 day free trial. Then accounts starting at $29 a month.

Meograph   No Longer Available
This is a "video meets infographic." It is a cloud-based interactive-multimedia content creation and curation tool combining maps, timeline, links, and multimedia to tell stories “in context of where and when.” Hand for presenting news stories with a timeline base in creative ways. Doesn't require user skills in coding or multimedia production.

Metapicz
Extract Exif (Exchangeable Image File) data from photos. EXIF is a standard for additional data embedded within an image or audio files, which can include date, time, camera settings, etc.

Microsoft Academic Search
This evolving database has tools for seeing connections between researchers and their work. It provides a “profile” of many academics and charts how their findings have been cited. Free.

Microsoft Skydrive
Document storage. Access from anywhere. 7 GB free. 20 GB for $10 a year.

Miro
Post your audio here and then link to it from your blog or embed it into your blog.

MixCraft
Audio editing program, especially music. $75.

Mixlr*
Live internet audio app. Share in social media, text with listeners, embed player on your website. Free.

Mobile Mouse
Use Your SmartPhone to Give a Presentation. Phone app will control computer. Free version with limited features. MobileMouse Pro, $2.99 for iPad or Android or iOS $1.99. Demonstration video here.

Mobile Reporting Field Guide
Developed by UC Berkley Graduate School of Journalism, this free PDF or iBook promises to be everything a reporter needs to know when reporting from their iPhone. Search Mobile Reporting Guide in the app store.

Mohiomap
Access several Cloud platforms at the same time, it's a visual overview of Dropbo, Evernote, and Google Drive.  Introduction video here. Basic version is free. For $5 a month for the premium model you get custom themes, analytics, the ability to make node connections and add comments to notes and files.

Moment App
Shows how long you are on your phone and how often you pick it up.

Moment phone case w/lens*
The case has a mount for attaching the wide lens. The case has a battery to add life to your phone.  There is a physical shutter button for a more natural feel. The lens have a nice weight balance on the phone. The case by itself is $30, the phone case with a built-in battery is $99, and the wide lens is $99.

Montabe
Processes photos sent in via email and upload forms, as well as submissions from social media sites and MMS, and handles any cropping or resizing issues before publishing them in visual galleries. Tracks who’s submitting photos and which get the most clicks. $99 per month.

Morguefile
More than 300,000 free stock images with a wide range of categories. The site asks that you credit the photographer..

MoviePro App*
video recording app that lets you listen live to your sound, includes manual controls for exposure, focus, and white balance. Shoot stills while recording. Has a built-in single-track video editor. $5.99.

Mozilla's Popcorn Maker
Enhance your videos and audio with content from the rest of the web including text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds

Mp3DirectCut
Audio editing program.

MP3Gain
Audio editing program designed to normalise MP3 files so that they all have the same loudness in a more effective way than other programs.

MP3 Quailty Modifier
Audio editing program to adjust the quality of your MP3 files so you can save disk space.

Music Editor Free
Free audio editing program. You'll need a converter since it can only save WAV files.

MyTweetSpace
With minimal effort, create a Twitter background, badges, add graphics, play with text. Log in with your Twitter account and it will automatically update your background.

NameChk
Find out if your name or user name is available on a social network.

NASA images
Free use of images.

National Bureau of Economic Research
A nonprofit research organization that publishes top scholarship in the economics discipline. Free

Narrative
Wearable camera that takes a photo or video every minute and creates a video at the end of the day (without using the repetitive shots). No work for the wearer. $199.

Naymz
Measure and manage your social media reputation. Similar to Klout, it gives you a score based on your social media influence.

New Old Stock
Free stock website with vintage photos under the Creative Commons or “The Commons” license from Flickr.

Newsbound
Visual-storytelling platform that can combine photos, graphics, animations and text into a slideshow. Considered part of explainer journalism, the company behind the site can be hired to create pieces. 

Night Moves
For low light photo shooting. $1.99

Ninja Outreach
Automated social media outreach to find influencers. 

Nozbe
Task management system. Organizes according to the context in which they are done (online, at the office, at home, etc.) . Designed with teams in mind-which could be as simple as sharing a shopping list. Available for most devices. Works with Google Calender.  Monthly fee: $8 for a single user, $16 for a family, $40 for a team.

NumberPicture
Create simple charts from your data using templates. Introductory video here.

Nuzzle
Currates info from your social networks into an easy to read news stream. Quick way to surface the stories that are being shared by your social networks. Sort based on time elapsed, etc.  Mine for stories you missed or know when too many people you follow share the same link.

Ocenaudio
Simple audio editor made for users who do not need all the options offered by Audacity free.

oDesk
Hire an experienced proofreader based on an hourly rate (typically one hour for every 5000 words).

Offset
High-end images. $250 for a 3MB file or $500 for 40+ MB file and unlimted use. Owned by Shutterstock (a larger, mainstream stock photo company).

Olloclip*
Small lens attachment which slides onto the corner of the phone. Includes a three lenses:  wide angle, a fish-eye and a macro. $100.

OmniGraffle
Design software.

OmniOutliner
Mac program that keeps lists and organizes outlines. Low learning curve to create rich, multi-column, collapsible outlines in many styles. Add embedded notes, images, links, etc. $40 to buy the standard version, $70 for the pro model. An educational discount of $25 and $50 is available here.

One True Media  NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Templates for videos of slideshows. 

OneDrive
Microsoft provides 15 GB free backup to the cloud for storage. OneDrive includes a nice interface for scrolling through material (particularly photos).  Formally Skydrive.

Online Etymology Dictionary
Gives you the history and derivation of any word. Free.

Open Attribute
Plug in that makes it easier to use Creative Commons.

Open Book
Search Facebook public timeline outside Facebook.

Open Clip Art
Free and easy to use clip art.

Open CRS
The Congressional Research Service reviews available research on issues. Open CRS aggregates these government reports as they come into the public domain.

Open Web Analytics

Optimizely
Automated A/B testing to help startups tweak their offerings.

oTranscribe
Transcribe recorded interviews.

Overview
Developed at the Associated Press, Overview analyzes the complete text of every document, extracting keywords and sorting documents into categories and sub-categories.

PagePlus
Page layouts for Mac.

Page Stream
Page layouts for the non-professional to design flyers, newsletters, etc.

PaperRater
Grammar, plagiarism, and spell checker. Mostly free but $7.50 per month for all features.

Parature
Microsoft-owned SalesForce competitor that provides social media insights and reports. Helps route customer comments to the appropriate departments.

Pattern Library
Free stock photos of patterns you can use in your own designs (useful for backgrounds too).

Periscope
Live-streaming video app from Twitter. Stores video for 24 hours. Will tweet followers that you are living streaming. More robust than Meerkat.

Pew Research Center*
Survey and research organization that not only does polling on salient issues in the news but provides deep, analytical reports around the issues.

Photo Everywhere
More than 3000 free stock photos under the Creative Commons Attribution focused on travel.

Photo Peach
Slideshows with audio and text. Sample.

Photo Pin
Millions of free stock photos culled from Flickr with the Creative Commons license.

Photo Synth
Virtual reality.

PhotoFeeler
Feedback on how you are being perceived in your profile photos. Add a photo in one of three categories – Business, Social or Dating. Vote on photos of other people to get credits or purchase credits with real money. Each credit allows one person to vote on your photo.

Photogene
Edits still images. Comes with a variety of preset options. Easy-to-navigate interface. $2.99. 

Phraseology
iPad writing ap. Like Hemingway, it includes syntax highlighting, statistical tools, readability scores, and root word breakdowns. 

Picasion 
Create animated GIFs. Free but a watermark is placed in the corner.

PicMonkey
Free photo-editing alternative to Photoshop. No software download or learning curve. Some more advanced options for $4.99 a month.

Pic Fog
Real time photo searches.

Pic Jumbo
Free stock photos in many categories. Attribution is not required though suggested.

PiktoChart*
Interactive graphics. Video explanation.

Pin Board
Bookmark things you find in social media. One time $9.94 cost.

Piwik

Pixabay
Creative Commons Public Domain photos so you do not need permission or have to pay any attribution when you use the photo.

Pixlr
Browser-based photo editing.

Pligus
Communication and collaborative site.

Plume
App for Twitter users. Customizable options. Free for Android, $3 for iOS.

Podio
Social work platform for basic project management tasks — calendar, contacts, activity stream — that helps teams collaborate and communicate. Both free and paid versions.

Podomatic
Podcasting made easy. Some users have said it rather clunky.

Points Mentioned
Automatically generates maps for local news articles.

Politifact
A political fact checking site run by the Tampa Bay Times.

PollDaddy
Poll creator.

Poll Everywhere*
Instant audience feedback through texting.

Pollmo
Simple polling.

Positionly
Improves SEO by tracking your keywords and how well they are performing on the search engine result pages. 14 day free trial. Starting at $19 month.

Postach.io
Publishing platform limited to Evernote (popular note-taking platform). Custom domains, but limited themes. Pulls your thoughts from Evernote into the blog.  Free for basic service, $4.99 a month for advanced options.

Postagon
Blogging platform. Custom domains, writing-oriented, comfortable setup. Limited customization. $5 a month. 

PostPlanner
Web post management tool for Facebook and Twitter.  You can indicate which type of content (photos, text, etc) you want shared at what times. Allows you to re-send content multiple times.  Includes a search tool to find more content related to your niche.  $7 a month.

Power Thesaurus 
Crowdsourced thesaurus. 

Pressfolios*
Especially designed for highlighting the kinds of things a journalist would want to highlight in order to show what they've done. The links to past content are prominent. There’s also an area for listing skills and a detailed biography. Instead of just linking to your stories (which can be taken down) Pressfolios creates a backup version. Lacks social media integration. Free but $12 each month for a pro version. Samples: One: The Atlantic, GQ freelancer, Two: NY Times freelancer, Three: Rolling Stone contributor

Prezi*
Slide creator. Alternative to Power Point.

Print Mag
Design tips, education, resources from Print Magazine, a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design.

Privnote
Share a confidential note via a web link that will self-destruct after it is read by your intended recipient.

ProCamera*
Iphone app. For capturing, editing and sharing photos. Control over focus, exposure, white balance, and lighting. Includes slow shutter settings for great night shots. Compose shots or shoot HD and SD video. Tools can clutter the screen but worth the $5 price.

PromptwarePlus
Turns your iOS device into a professional teleprompter. Free.

Proofread Bot
Shows your mistakes and what areas of your writing that could be strengthened. The more words reviewed, the greater the cost starting at $5 for 20,000 words.    

ProShot
Photo App that offers grid overlay and custom aspect ratios. Andriod or iOS.

Public Domain Archive
All images are public domain, free to use. Includes a large collection of vintage image.

Public Library of Science 
The flagship journal of this open-access academic project, PLoS One, features original peer-reviewed research on science and medical topics; many studies have policy implications.

PubMed Central
From the US National Institutes of Health, this database has more than 2 million open access, full-text studies that relate to public health and policy issues. Free.

Pulse
RSS feed. Subscribe to the posts of a site. Allows for interface with touch screens. Free.

PulsePoint
Police scanner, emergency frequencies. Free.

Purdue Writing Lab
Writing and formatting help.

QR Stuff
QR code generator.

QuarkXpress
Page layouts for Mac or PC. An alternative to Adobe InDesign.

Quicktime
Use to record video from your webcam and Skype interviews.

Quik maps
Google maps for your website.

Quizlet*
Create study tools like flash cards and quizzes or make use of those created by others. Easy to use. App available. Free

Quora
Crowdsourcing questions and answers.

RAND Corporation
Non-partisan think tank that produces a wealth of information on social science topics.

the Rasterbator
Make a printable poster out of an image.

Raw
Far more user friendly than Gephi, but not as pretty. Doesn't generate dynamic networks just static visualizations.

Reaction Gifs   NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Find and create animated GIFs.

Readability Score
Cut and paste your text into a dialogue box to see the writing's grade level. Free, but for any contribution you get access to more advanced tools like readability alerts, PDF and Word doc processing and bulk uploads. TextEvaluator offers more feedback.

Realtime
What’s trending on the Internet based on bitly, the URL shortening and bookmarking service.

Reaper
Audio Editing program. $225 full commercial license. $60 for discounted license.

RebelMouse
Platform for curating and aggregating social media content. It pulls from user's Twitter and Facebook feeds (among others) to create a page that showcases social content or organizes content around a single topic or user. Can be hosted by RebelMouse or integrated with a site built with WordPress. Here's a sample.

RecordiaPro
Record your incoming and outgoing phone conversations on any phone without needing equipment.  Works for interviews.

Reddit*
What’s new and what’s popular online. Submit your own links, or vote on others to drive what’s appearing on the front page.

RedNotebook
Journaling app. Simple, quick to start. Easily search through old journals. Calendar navigation, customizable templates, export functionality. Free.

Reel Director
Creates movies and lets you edit on phone similar to iMovie. $1.99.

Refe
A Tumblr site of free stock mobile photos.

Regex
Helps verify the authenticity of digital images.

Reportedly
News service that lives in social media.

Reporters Committee First Aid
Mobile app Free guide gives reporters in the field immediate access to legal resources, particularly in situations where access or news gathering may be stymied. Search “reporters committee” in App Store.

Reppler
Helps you manage your social media reputation. Checks your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, and Picasa accounts then offers suggestions to improve your image. Looks for privacy and security risks as well as inappropriate content (drugs, adult content, and potentially offensive language). Free.

Rev Voice Recorder*
Quality voice recorder and editor for both iPhone and Android. Includes Dropbox and Evernote integration. Free but voice-to-text human transcriptions in 12-hours for $1 a minute.

Rode i-XLR*
A broadcast quality XLR adaptor that lets you connect it to the lightning port of the iPhone. The cable is about 10 feet long in order to reach an interview subject. You can adjust the headphone volume but there is no preamp or gain control. $149.

Roon
Blogging platform. Free if using Roon sub-domain, $12 a year for custom domains and Google Analytics (but the Roon logo remains on your blog). Easy-to-use iOS app, nice post editor, low learning curve.  Limited layouts.

Russell Sage Foundation
An organization that is tied into a large network of social science scholars across the US focusing   inequality, social mobility, race, class and related issues. 

Rhymer
Free rhyming dictionary.

SavvyRoo
Place to create and share visual data. Watch a video explanation here.

Sales Force Marketing Cloud
Social media insights and reports. Paid.

SassMe
Colum vizualize color functions by inserting Hex codes.

SauceLabs
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

Save My News
Lets journalists save links to the Internet Archive and WebCite. Clips and archived links can be downloaded in Excel.

Scout
Free service that provides daily insight to how our laws and regulations are shaped in Washington, DC and our state capitols. See a video here.

Screencast-O-Matic
Screencasts can be shared on YouTube, embedded in websites, and accessed online. Runs as a java applet. Free.

Screenr
Makes screencasts that can be share in social media and seen on computers as well as mobile devices. No downloads. Free.

Scribble Live
Live-streaming. Create, curate and publish content to provide real time coverage and storytelling. Fee.

Scribus
Page layouts. Alternative to Adobe InDesign.

Scrivener*
App that gives you a single place to dump all your ideas--especially for creating and managing complex writing projects, whether you're trying to write a novel, play, TV show, or magazine feature. Write in fragments and then shuffle scenes and chapters around in a bulletin board mode, and collect research notes, multimedia files, and character sketches.  Allows you to slowly "grow” books, scripts, and articles. Easily converting the document to an e-book, web page, a PDF for print, or a Word doc. Works with the Mac and Windows.  Free 30-use trial. $45 for the latest version-many writers swear it's worth it. Doesn't work on iPads though.

Scroll Kit
No coding knowledge needed to use this intuitive website development app that allows anyone to build online experiences.

Seesmic
Android apps to manage your social networks in one place, including Foursquare, Twitter, Salesforce Chatter, Google Reader, Google Buzz, Facebook, Linkedin, and Ping.fm. Don't need a browser window open to use the social media platform.

Seelio
The portfolio network for student builders and doers

SEOmov
SEO writing tips.

Shoulderpod S2*
A handle grip for your smartphone to steady your shots. Works with tripods and comes with a wrist strap. Additional accessories available. $50.

Shotgun Mic*
RodeVMGO Video Mic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone SuperCardiod. Lightweight directional microphone. Adaptor and extension cord needed as well for it to work with a iPhone 7.  $99.

Shutterstock*
Royalty free stock photos. With reverse image search you can use drag a photo or illustration into search in order to find other images with a similar look and feel.

Silk
A free data publishing and visualization platform for making visualizations from spreadsheets to embed into stories as maps, charts, image galleries, etc. No coding skills required. Especially for journalists.  Sample. Tutorial.  

Silvrback
Blogging platform. Establish your own brand with a custom domain. Nice archive and bio pages. $29.99 a year special. 14 day free trial.

the Site Wizard
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

Sitey
A do-it-yourself publishing platform, sames as WebsiteBuilder.com, SiteBuilder.com and Sitelio.com. Some reviewers, such as this one,  say there are many consumer complaints related to billing.

Slow Shutter Cam
Capture beautiful light trails, improves low light photos. 99 cents.

SimpleWash  (formally FaceWash)
Designed to help you locate and remove potentially offensive comments and photos on Facebook and Twitter so you present yourself as more professional.

Slickwrite
Writing app that checks grammar along with flow, structure, word frequency, and overused phrases.

SlideShare
Popular presentation tool owned by LinkedIn. Use documents, PDFs and video to creat webinars, audio presentations, for online lectures etc. Solid analytics for free. Watch a slide show about SlideShare here.

SlideSnack
Record your PDFs as an audio-visual slidecast. Basic features are free, more options for purchase.  

Smart Voice Recorder
Android recording app. Good for memos and group meetings. Decent audio quality. Allows users to skip silences, test the mic, determine where recordings are saved, etc. Free.

SMOVE smartphone Video Stabilizer
This smartphone stabilizer that doubles as a charger. Portable, fits in your pocket. $200. 

Snapchat Stories
Collections of daily moments from users in cities around the world.

Snapseed
Google's Snapseed is a powerful mobile photo tool. Both auto edit and editing controls. Both IOS and Android. Free.

Snopes
Fact-checking site for internet rumors.

Social Flow*
Designed to makes sure your message goes out at the most optimum time by letting watch real-time conversations and expand audience engagement. Analyzes data to determine when money should be spent on Promoted Tweets, Sponsored Stories and Promoted Posts. Used by some major publishers like The Washington Post and Mashable.  Starting at $99 a month.

Social Mention
Social media search and analysis. Sends you alerts based on your keywords in blogs, comments, videos, etc. which basically makes it a social media search engine. Free.

Social Science Research Network
Hundreds of thousands of important, current papers, many of which are available for free download as PDFs. Many of the articles are “working papers,” meaning they are in process toward a final, published form. Free. 

SocialBro*
Helps businesses manage and monitor their Twitter accounts, discover key influencers, schedule Tweets at the best times, track engagement, and analyze competitors. Free Trial with pricing starting at $13.95. Video explanation.

SocialOomph*
App that schedules tweets (and other social media), auto-follow new followers, tracking keywords, and monitor social media activity (such as mentions and retweets).  Free version and pro version.

Society for News Design
Columns and tips on design, workshop schedule, membership database and more.

Society of Publication Designers

SocMetrics
Allows you to identify influencers in a specific industry , interact with them and monitor your social media campaign.

SoundCite
A project of Northwestern University's Knight Lab, it lets users embed audio into posts. So, for instance if you write "..thick, one-note guitar riffs shuffle and stomp with a heavy beat" you can make it so that when someone clicks on "thick, one-note guitar riffs" they will hear a short example. Watch a video explanation here.

SoundCloud*
Post your audio here and then link to it from your blog or embed it into your blog. Limited space free, more for a fee.

SoundForge
Free. Audio editing program, especially music.

SoundGecko
Convert text story into an MP3 audio file.

Sound Slides*
Creates audio slideshows. Basic $40, Plus $70. There's a free version but it will display "demo" at the beginning. resizes your images for you, can reorder them, etc. but doesn't edit photos. Sample.

SocialOomph
App that schedules tweets (and other social media), auto-follow new followers, and monitor social media activity.  Free version and pro version.

Sparkwise
A dashboard tool to bring many data streams together to tell a story using video, audio and text.

Speaking Photo
Audio note taking to go with photo. Take a picture of a scene then speak notes into phone. Free.

Spinnakr
Real-time web traffic response tool. Lets you post a targeted response on your website.

SpliceApp
A video editing app that works with music, photos, text or video clips. $3.99 in app store.

Spredfast
Measures data from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr, such as reach and target audience success. Easy-to-digest graphs.

SproutSocial*
A popular social media management tool in which you can schedule social media posts, get snapshot metrics, and monitor messages. A single stream inbox with monitoring tools and robust analytics. Not free or as cheap as HootSuite, but can be customized in ways that HootSuite cannot be customized. Free trial, Packages from $39, $59 or $99 per month. 

Spundge
Read, save, filter and annotate content from the web — Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube included. (Free and paid versions)

Square Space
Inexpensive way to build a website or blog. Templates for a ready made site.  From $8--$24 a month, includes hosting. WordPress has more flexible design and functionality (no plugins with Square Space), but not everyone will want so many extras. Square Space is for those who are more focused on content than code.

Stack Overflow*
One of the most popular programming problem-solving sites. Ask your coding questions as you learn or find chunks of code.

Steller*
Create photo and video stories on an iPhone with an emphasis on mobile design. Create collections and share on social networks. Free. Sample.

Strip Creator
Create your own comic strip.

Stock Free Images
Nearly a million images donated by the Dreamstime contributors to download for free with registration. Credit must accompany the photo. There are some other restriction options.

Stock Vault
More than 46,000 free stock photos. A variety of photographs and various licensing options.

Storehouse
Group photos together to tell a story with this IOS app. Add text. Free.

Storify*
Social media aggregate. Publish elements - photos, tweets, videos together. Free. 

Story Planet
mix videos, photos texts and graphs with timelines, etc.

Storyful
Find and verifies stories on social media platforms for clients. Owned by News Corps.

Stroome  NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Browser-based video editing.

SugarSync
File backups accessible on all operating systems and platforms. 5 GB free. 60 GB for $10 a month. 

SuperFamous
Hi-res free stock photos under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (use the images, even commercial use as long as you give credit to Superfamous).

Shure Mic for iOS*
Shure MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iOS. Stereo and mono options. Small and portable, it plugs directly into the iPhone’s Lightning Port. A 90-degree hinge allows you to adjust it to different angles to capture the best sound. Comes with an app that controls the gain, EQ, and stereo width. $149.

Steadicam Smoothee*
The Smoothee gives you a steady, gliding shot by a balanced weight system that holds your phone on a frictionless ball joint. Simple to use, though the size could interfere with other attachments on you iPhone. $90.

Survey Monkey*
Easy simple surveys. Inexpensive.

Sutori
Create vertical presentation builder,  drag and drop little boxes of content. Built for collaborative efforts. Limited design options. Free.

Svbtle
Writing platform. Minimalist interface. Encourages reader response.

Sysomos
Not an indepth as rivals Salesforce Marketing Cloud (Radian6) or Crimson Hexagon, but easy to use for quick monitoring a company's brand. No mobile app. Paid.

Tableau Public
Data visualization tools that are interactive. Maps, graphics, etc. Samples.

Tableau Software
Free Data Visualization Tool Create data visualizations with this free, downloadable tool.

Tailwind*
A Pinterest scheduler with analytics and features like a draft mode. Free trial then $119 a year.

TalkShoe
For call-in podcasts. Samples.

Talkwalker Alert
Like Google alerts, tracks keyword mentions on the web--such as your own name, your family, friends, company, etc. Get email notices when the phrase or name comes up on the Web. Free.

TapeACall*
Record cell phone calls and export the audio for editing, to email or upload to Google Drive or Dropbox. $9.99.

Taptu
RSS feed as a visual interface. Subscribe to the posts of a site. Free.

TeamTreehouse
Tuturals on web design, coding, business, etc.  Students sign up for annual subscriptions.

TED Video: Data Journalism and Punk
Simon Rogers at the TEDx in Paris Aug. 2012 explains how data viz is being used in journalism.

TextEvaluator
Like Readability Score, it will tell you what grade level a piece of text is written on, the average length of sentences, etc.  But TextEvaluator goes further, including grammatical complexity, insights on vocabulary, etc.

TextExpander
Mac typing shortcut. Takes snippets of text and turns them into longer ones. Ideas for how to use it here.  $44.95.

TextGrabber*
Extracts text from a variety of printed sources (PDF, books, etc.) by using the iPhone camera. Can translate text from many languages. $4.99.

Thinglink*
Create hot-spot graphics. Make images interactive by adding music, a voice over, and text. free for testing, professional account for starting at $20 a month. . Sample.
 
Time Glider
Create web-based timelines.

Time Lapse
Pay site; high quality time-lapse stock footage clips.

Time Line
Attractive timeline presentations.

TimelineJS
Build visually-rich interactive timelines in 40 languages. It can pull in media from different sources such as Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, SoundCloud, etc.

TimeMapper
Timeslines and maps. Sample video here.

Tineye
This reverse image search engine connects images to their creators. Helps in image verification.

Tiny URL*
Web address shortening service.

TinyVox
Allows users to record, store, listen and share MP3 audio files in social media. Can be used to record interviews as well.

TK8
Sophisticated option for the IT-types more than the general public. Templates for credit cards and bank accounts but PC only and no search field.  Basic: $20 standard version. $30 pro option withmultiple user option.

Tone Analyzer
Linguistic analysis detects the emotional tone of your writing. Detect the levels of particular emotions it triggers and language style. Free.

Topsy
Search content published on Twitter and the web, and sort it by date or relevance. Use it to find influencers in a certain subject area.

Traackr
Find and follow people who are influential in your industry. See how social media leaders are responding and contributing to your content. Target authorities to help your social media campaigns get off the ground and track the results. 

TrackMaven
Audience insights in real-time which are compared against peers. Focused on big brands and enterprise marketers. Paid.

Trackur
Social media monitoring tools and measurements.

Transom*
All things audio. A performance space, editorial session, an audition stage, a library, and a hangout.  How to guides for podcast beginners.

Trelby
Free script-writing alternative to Final Draft and Fade In. Enough features to get you started.

TripIt
Organize all your travel plans into mobile itineraries.

TripWow
Quick way to create a slideshow. Sponsored by TripAdvisor.

Truth or Fiction
A fact-checking site for urban rumors.

TubeMogul
Upload your video and TubeMogul will send it to many social media sites at one time-though you'll have to set up accounts with all the sites on your own.  Tracks viewership.

Tumblr*
This social platform allows users to see posts from all of the blogs they follow in a single stream. Sort of Twitter, but with full text and more images. You can populate your stream with content by others simply by clicking the "like" and "reblog" buttons.

TV Tropes
Fiction writing help through examination of storytelling devices in creative works.

Tweepi
Cleans up your Tweeter feed--removing inactive followers in bulk and offers other Twitter management chores. From $7.49 a month.

Tweet Beep
Get email alerts whenever somebody tweets about something you're interested in--even keep track of who’s tweeting your website or blog, even if they use a shortened URL. Free account available or paid account at $20 a month for more options.  Video explanation here.

Tweetbot
Mac app with customizable options. View threads showing co-worker tweets only, for example or retweet from multiple accounts. $3. 

Tweet Chart
Allows you to generate a report of custom data for anything you can search Twitter for: hashtags, words, phrases, usernames or URLs. A reporter could determine which hastags were used most frequently in the past week, deciding to, for instance, report on a recent crime spree or a particular local event. Free.

TweetDeck*
Look at multiple Twitter feeds on your desktop. Powerful filters help you focus on what interests you. Schedule Tweets, set up notification alerts for new tweets. Option to have it ask for confirmation before a tweet goes out--giving you another chance to avoid sending something inappropriate or not well-crafted. Bought by Twitter in 2011.

Tweet Keeper
Save tweets (yours or someone else's) starting with the most recent 3200 tweet, then adds new tweets. Up to eight accounts. $7.99

Tweet Level
Allows specific searches for hashtags to determine trends by watching a topic's buzz level or to evaluate the user's social influence. You can also evaluate the buzz around a certain topic to determine if it’s a trend worth paying attention to.

Twitter Lists 
Tweet list manager (similar to TweetDeck)

Tweet Reach
Lets you see how far your tweets travel and determine the effectiveness of your social media campaign. How many people your messages reach, how many tweets it took to reach them, how many times your tweets have been shared by retweets.

Twellow
A directory of Twitter users. Lets you search for people based on their name and the information they put into their bios. Find people with similar interests to follow. 

TwistedWave
Audio editing program (Mac only). $80.

TwitPic
Trending photos and videos on Twitter. CLOSED SEPT 2014.

Twit Scoop
Realtime tag cloud of what is hot on Twitter right now. See what the leading subjects of conversation are on Twitter. Especially helpful whenever there is some big news event taking place.

TwitterBioGenerator
A canned description of you is a mere click away!

Twitter FeedCLOSED 2016
TwitterFeed to automatically fetch the latest entries from an RSS feed of your blog or website and send them as tweets through your Twitter account.

Twitter moments
Bundled experiences of Twitter content.

Twitter Search
See what people are saying about your competitors by to:competitor replacing competitor with Twitter handle.

Ulysses
Writing app for Mac. Uses plain text or Markdown for writing, but also includes notes, exporting, organization and more. $44.99.

Unbound 
App for simple and pretty viewing experience of your Dropbox photos. Fast with lots of features. $2.99 a month. Mac version $9.99/ a month.

Unsplash
Hi-res photos featuring many random shots. Use their photos however you want under the Public Domain Dedication license. Subscribe and get 10 new photos every 10 days.

Uprise.io
Discover blogs that are sharing content that your users are interested in or enter your competitor's website address and get detailed listings of their content and shares of that content.  Alternative to Buzzsumo.

User Testing
Pays people to try out new websites or smartphone apps and take video while they do so, showing our people use products (or misunderstand them). 

Ustream*
Desktop broadcasting of live video to the world from a computer or iPhone (or watch thousands of shows).  30 day free trial, then monthly plans from $99 to $999 for pros, top subscription $2k and up.

VideoMic ME*
Compact and lightweight, directional microphone for smartphones. Adaptor and extension cord needed along with it to work with a iPhone 7.

Video Scribe
Create animated videos, replicating the popular whiteboard-style tutorial.  7 day free trial. $16.50 a month.

VideoShop*
Edit video and post directly to Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Available for iPhone and Android (probably the best option for Android. $.1.99.

Videolicious*
App for easy photo and video editing on your iPhone.  Free.

Vimeo
Video hosting and editing. 

Vine
A mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos.

Visage
Custom templates for graphics.

Visual Editors
A visual editor promotes visual journalism literacy in graphics, photo, video and design. 

Visual.ly
Create infographics and data visualizations. 

Visualize Free
Upload a data set from a spreadsheet (or cut and paste) for charts, maps, diagrams, etc with a drag and drop designer. Registration needed for an account, but it is free). Lots of public-available data to work with (like data.gov). Uploads are private, so that other users cannot gain access to your data.

Vizualize.me
Create your infographic resume for free. Video introduction here.

VoiceRecord Pro
Professional

VoiceBase*
Transcribes audio to text.

Vokle
Broadcast townhall-style meetings.

Voddio*
Formally 1st video, this editor app gives you two tracks of video and up to four tracks of audio. No lower-thirds option.  Free.

VSCO Cam*
Great start-to-finish photo app. Easy to use filters. Manual controls like focus lock, exposure lock, and white balance. Edit images and share them on social media. IOS. Free.

Vuvox   NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Multimedia collage tool. Photo slide shows, video, photos. Can’t post directly from Vuvox. Post elsewhere then embed in blog.

Vyclone
Record a video at the same time and place as another person records it. This app automatically synchs the videos into a single, multi-angle masterpiece. Free in app store. Sample.

W3Schools Online Web Tutoral
Learn HTML, CSS, etc.

WavePad 
Free audio editing program.

Wavosaur
Free Audio editing program.

WaveShop
Free audio editing program.  Bit-perfect, minimizing the loss of quality by altering files only when absolutely necessary.

Weebly 
Simple website creation.

WeVideo
Collaborative online and mobile video editing.

What the Font
Figures out what font you are looking at.

Who's Talkin'?
Social media search tool. Alerts you to mentions. Helps you to search for particular conversations.

Who.is
Look information about who owns a website.

Wickr Signal
Send encrypted messages, set how long those messages last before they self-destruct. Attachment support. Free. 

Widgetbox
A collection of widgets.

Wildcard
IOS App that curates bits of breaking stories based on your preferences while taking into account what your Twitter friends share. Good-looking interface, easy to use on your phone.

Wikimedia Commons
Offers free stock photos under all different licenses as well as sounds and videos.  The link to the CC Creative Common license will tell you how you can use that image.

Wix
Free blogging platform. Fee for best options. Some templates do not play well with mobile. Student example here.

Wolfram Alpha
Computational knowledge engine. Enter a search string and have immediate display of various pieces of information regarding that string. The Pro subscription allows users to input their own data and quickly converted into dynamic and interactive charts. The price tag is $4.99 a month and limited to twenty uploads each month.

Word Counter*
Cut and paste your document (or just type) to see how many words, characters, and sentences you are using. It shows what words are overused, the average number of words in your sentences, and the reading level you are writing at. Free.

Word Frequency Counter
See how often you use (and overuse) words and phrases in your writing.

Word Lens
Free real-time translation app. Purchased by Google. iOS version.

Wordle 
Generate word clouds for free. Save to public gallery and then you can get the embed code. Samples.

WordPress.com 
WP-dot-com is free and easy to use. The dot-org version is not.  WP-dot-com includes hosting and a domain name (yourdomain.wordpress.com) butyour own domain name is only $15 more.  Basic customization available (themes, colors, layout and fonts).  Limited monetization and plugin options.

WordPress.org
The most often used software for publishing on line.  Pick your own domain name, host whereever you like, and add plugins as you like. Steeper learning curve that WP-dot-com.

WordRates
Yelp for freelancing journalists where writers share pay rates (particularly for magazines).

WorkFlowy
Digital note taking app. Excellent design, but lacks due dates, reminders of upcoming deadlines and calendar view. Free version limits you to 500 lists or "items" per month.  Pro accounts can be backed up to Dropbox. Individual pro accounts ($4.99 per month or $49 per year) and Team ($3.99 per month per user, or $39 per year per user, with a two user minimum) A short video introduction here.

WowSlider
An image slider with wide compatibility and easy embed.

Writefull
Checks your text against a huge database of correct language. Use it to find language you might not have considered. A desktop app that works with emails, Word docs, etc. Free. 

Xtimeline
Creates timelines.

Xtranormal
Create animated movies.

Yasni
Search tool for a phone number, email address, profession or location of any person.

Yoast SEO
A WordPress plugin to work SEO into your writing,

YouTube Creator Hub
Resources to help create better video content and bigger audiences. An online community for serious YouTube creators.

YouSendit
Sending large files. Receipts and download tracking. 2 GB free. 5 GB for $10 a month.

Zamzar
Video and audio file converter.

Zapier
Tools for connecting web services (such as Evernote and Dropbox). Works like IFTTT. Automated Twitter posts, archived Twitter posts, easy analysis.  Up to 100 tasks each month for free.  More of paid subscription starting at $15 per month.

Zeega
Create interactive videos. Free.

ZeeMaps
Create interactive maps.

Zoom iQ7 Mic*
This compact condenser mic is portable. Can be set to record a source from the front with or without the surrounding ambiance from the sides. $99.

Zxing Project
QR code generator.  

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Analytics for Websites

Crazy Egg
A leading visualization software that gives website administrators heatmap reports showing how visitors are using their pages.

Google Analytics
Detailed statistics about website performance and traffic sources and measures conversions.

InBoundWriter
Predictive analytics for content to improve SEO. Gives scores as to whether a topic you are about to write about will drive traffic and rank well on Google. Offers related keywords that should be included in the article, the words that should be included in the title, etc.  Free demo, then $200-$500 each month.

Inspectlet
Records video sessions of website users’ behavior. Heatmaps show what users find interesting on your site.

Majestic SEO
Find out how all the websites on the internet link to each other. Information about how the fabric of the web is knitted together--and what is connected to yours.

Open Web Analytics

Piwik
 
Positionly
Improves SEO by tracking your keywords and how well they are performing on the search engine result pages. 14 day free trial. Starting at $19 month.

Spinnakr
Real-time web traffic response tool. Lets you post a targeted response on your website.

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Audio

Ableton Live
Audio editing program especially for music.

Acoustica
Audio editing program. Basic version is free and includes MP4 and AAC import and export filters.

Anchor
An app for recording short-form audio snippets. Intended to be a "Snapchat" for audio with some creative tools. Content disappears after 24 hours.

Audacity*
Audio editing software. Free and open source.

Audioboo
Think of it as YouTube for audio.

AudioNote*
Searching for a section of audiocorresponding to a note is easy to find.  The recording time is insertedat the beginning of each line oftext. $9.99.

Adobe Audition
Audio editing program.  Formerly Cool Edit Pro.  $349 but it can be purchased as part of Creative Suite.

Avid Pro Tools
An industry-standard, studio-grade audio editing tool. $699 for the base version.

BlogTalkRadio
Using phones, you can interview someone and it both streams and records downloadable MP3 of the interview.

Bobler
App for creating shareable audio packages of up to two minutes in length. Ad text, images and geo-tags. Use the app to search for audio uploads from a specific location. Not embeddable (as is audio uploaded on Soundcloud or Audioboo).  Watch a video explanation here.

Codi
Records and sincs audio (from news conferences, for instance) with typing so you can find quotes easier. Always recording so picks up the 10 secs before you turn on recording.  Enables recording calls, highlighting key parts of the conversation, and transcription.  Free.

Cogi*
Mobile app to record meetings, interviews. Tags and annotations. Rewind function allows you to store audio after the fact. This feature allows the app to ‘listens’ without saving anything until you tap it. It then ‘rewinds’ 15 seconds and continues recording from there.  Free. $5 for more features.

Deepgram
Transcrption service uses artificial intelligence to transcribe large audio files and allow users to search them using keywords. Free.

DivShare
Post your audio here link to it from your blog or embed it into your blog.

Dragon Dictation
Voice to text app for iOS. Have to finish dictation before seeing the text. Free.

DropVox
Records audio and sends it directly to your Dropbox account.

Ecamm
App that records Facetime audio and video for Mac. Convert your calls into MP3 files for podcasting or easily move the video to YouTube and Vimeo. Allows you to split the audio tracks after a call for easy editing. $29.95.

Evernote*
Access notes on any computer, tablet or phone. Search function lets you find a note in either text or audio format. Free for iOS and Android.

Final Cut Pro
Video editing program from which you can rip the audio.

GarageBand
Only 5 minutes of audio can be edited.

Giant Squid Audio Lab Omnidirectional Mic*
Great quality sound but requires an adapter for it to work with a phone. $47.

Google Voice
Your own phone number. Can be used to record interviews but sometimes not reliable and they have to call you. Free.

Hokusai
iOS udio editing app for interviews, podcasts, or voiceovers. Can import clips from other applications and export directly to Dropbox and iTunes.

iAudition (no longer available)
Record high quality audio using external mic for better quality. Includes easy-to-use single-track audio editor. Export audio file as as MP3 or WAV. Free.

iPhone Mic Cable
Allows connecting a standard microphone with XLR connector to an iPhone or other compatible device for quality recording. $48.99.

iRig Handheld Mic*
A handheld microphone with a built-in headphone socket allowing users to monitor audio and control levels when paired with the iRig Recorder app. $99.

iRig Mic Studio*
Professional studio mic that comes with many adaptors including a lightning port plug so it will work with the iPhone 7 (which is it smaller than). Includes gain control, level indicator, and headphone output (with its own level control).  Tripod stand included. $150.

iRig Pre*
A preamp which allows you to plug your quality mic into an your iOS device. It takes an XLR input and turns it into a 3.5mm jack. A built in headphone socket allowing users to monitor audio when paired with the iRig Recorder app, which also gives audio control levels. Very simple to use. Uses 9-volt battery. $39. If you want better sound quality, and control, try the iRig Pro at $129 or even better the or iRig Pro Duo.

iRig Pro Duo*
Royalty fAllows you to plug two XLR microphones into your iPhone through the lightning port, so that you and the person you are interviewing can be mic’ed with separate gains. A headphone port allows you to monitor the audio. Uses two AA batteries so it does not draw power from your iPhone. $199.95

Kaptur
Records audio-the previous 1 minute when you tap it. Send to your phone. Looks like a fitbit. $19.

Keep Vid
Post your audio here and then link to it from your blog or embed it into your blog.

Liberted Syndication
For creating podcasts. Small monthly fee.

Libsyn
Podcast Hosting Services.

Logic Pro
Audio editing program, especially music.

Miro
Post your audio here and then link to it from your blog or embed it into your blog.

MixCraft
Audio editing program, especially music. $75.

Mixlr*
Live internet audio app. Share in social media, text with listeners, embed player on your website. Free.

Mp3DirectCut
Audio editing program.

MP3Gain
Audio editing program designed to normalise MP3 files so that they all have the same loudness in a more effective way than other programs.

MP3 Quailty Modifier
Audio editing program to adjust the quality of your MP3 files so you can save disk space.

Music Editor Free
Free audio editing program. You'll need a converter since it can only save WAV files.

Ocenaudio
Simple audio editor made for users who do not need all the options offered by Audacity free. 

oTranscribe
Transcribe recorded interviews.

Podomatic
Podcasting made easy. Some users have said it rather clunky.

Reaper
Audio Editing program. $225 full commercial license. $60 for discounted license.

RecordiaPro
Record your incoming and outgoing phone conversations on any phone without needing equipment.  Works for interviews.

Rode i-XLR*
A broadcast quality XLR adaptor that lets you connect it to the lightning port of the iPhone. The cable is about 10 feet long in order to reach an interview subject. You can adjust the headphone volume but there is no preamp or gain control. $149.

Rev Voice Recorder*
Quality voice recorder and editor for both iPhone and Android. Includes Dropbox and Evernote integration. Free but voice-to-text human transcriptions in 12-hours for $1 a minute.

Shotgun Mic*
Popular RodeVMGO Video Mic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone SuperCardiod. Lightweight directional microphone. Adaptor and extension cord needed as well for it to work with a iPhone 7.  $99.

SlideShare
Popular resentation tool owned by LinkedIn. Use documents, PDFs and video to creat webinars, audio presentations, for online lectures etc. Solid analytics for free. Watch a slide show about SlideShare here.

Smart Voice Recorder
Android recording app. Good for memos and group meetings. Decent audio quality. Allows users to skip silences, test the mic, determine where recordings are saved, etc. Free.

SoundCite
A project of Northwestern University's Knight Lab, it lets users embed audio into posts. So, for instance if you write "..thick, one-note guitar riffs shuffle and stomp with a heavy beat" you can make it so that when someone clicks on "thick, one-note guitar riffs" they will hear a short example. Watch a video explanation here.

SoundCloud*
Post your audio here and then link to it from your blog or embed it into your blog. Limited space free, more for a fee.

SoundForge
Free. Audio editing program. Especially for music.

SoundGecko
Convert text story into an MP3 audio file.

SoundSlides*
Creates audio slideshows. Basic $40, Plus $70. There's a free version but it will display "demo" at the beginning. resizes your images for you, can reorder them, etc. but doesn't edit photos. Sample.

Steller*
Create photo and video stories on an iPhone with an emphasis on mobile design. Create collections and share on social networks. Free. Sample.

Shure Mic for iOS*
Shure MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iOS. Stereo and mono options. Small and portable, it plugs directly into the iPhone’s Lightning Port. A 90-degree hinge allows you to adjust it to different angles to capture the best sound. Comes with an app that controls the gain, EQ, and stereo width. $149.

TapeACall*
Record cell phone calls and export the audio for editing, to email or upload to Google Drive or Dropbox. $9.99.

TalkShoe
For call-in podcasts. Samples.

TinyVox
Allows users to record, store, listen and share MP3 audio files in social media. Can be used to record interviews as well.

Transom*
All things audio. A performance space, editorial session, an audition stage, a library, and a hangout. How to guides for podcast beginners.

TwistedWave
Audio editing program (Mac only). $80.

VideoMic ME*
Compact and lightweight, directional microphone for smartphones. Adaptor and extension cord needed along with it to work with a iPhone 7.

VoiceBase*
Transcribes audio to text.

VoiceRecord Pro
Professional voice recorder. Record audio from events, voice memos and on-site sounds at unlimited length, add markers, share or upload. iOS. Free.

WavePad 
Free audio editing program.

WaveShop
Free audio editing program.  Bit-perfect, minimizing the loss of quality by altering files only when absolutely necessary.

Wavosaur
Free Audio editing program.

Zamzar
Video and audio file converter.

Zoom iQ7 Mic*
This compact condenser mic is portable. Can be set to record a source from the front with or without the surrounding ambiance from the sides. $99.

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Augmented Reality

Aurasma
Augmented reality sharing site.

Hoppala Augmentation
Platform for augmented reality applications. Sample video.

Layar
Augmented reality tool.

PhotoSynth
Virtual reality.

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Coding

Code Ecademy
Learn to code for free.

Google Code Playground
An advanced educational tool to show code examples of Google Javascript APIs.

jQuery
Interactive.

Stack Overflow*
One of the most popular programming problem-solving sites. Ask your coding questions as you learn or find chunks of code.

TeamTreehouse
Tuturals on web design, coding, business, etc.  Students sign up for annual subscriptions.

W3Schools Online Web Tutoral
Learn HTML, CSS, etc.

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Cross-Broswer Testing

BrowserStack
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

Browsershots
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live. Free.

Cross Browser Testing
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

Litmus
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

The Site Wizard
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

SauceLabs
Cross-browser testing tool. Check out how your design looks on different browsers before going live.

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Data Visualization and Infographics

Canva*
Create social media graphics (like Snapchat My Story Graphics and Snapchat geofilteres), headers, slides, flyers, photo collages, posters, and infographics using drag-and-drop.  Clip-art library available or upload your own images. Shre to social media from the app or download a jpg, PDF, etc. for posting. Free.

Chart Maker
Quickly make charts, graphs, etc.

Charted
Build by Medium. Just plug in a CSV file or a link to a Google Spreadsheet and the tool does all the graphing work for you. There's an explanation here.

Chartist.js
Simple responsive charts. Will change the way the data is displayed based on the size screen it's being viewed on.

Comparea
See a visual comparison of two states, cities, countries or continents. Move them around.  It will also tell how many times bigger a geographic area is to another.

Daily Infographic
A new data visualization sample each day. Great way to get ideas.

Data Driven Vizualization
Examples, steps and video of how to create data visualizations.

Data Remixed
Blog about data visualizations by Ben Jones, an engineer in LA.

Data Viz
Drupal-based embeddable modules.

Data Visual
Charts and graphs.  Templates or start from scratch.  A short video introduction here.

Data Wrangler
A tool created by Stanford University's Visualization Group for cleaning and rearranging data for other tools to use (such as a spreadsheet).  Does not actually visualizes your data, but preps it for use. This includes extracting, filling, dropping, merging and wrapping data points among other things. There's a learning curve, but it's free.

Easely.ly*
Create infographics. Video sample here.

Gephi
Popular social networking analysis tool. Interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical Graphs. Impressive looking but has a steep learning curve (as opposed to Raw). Watch a video introduction to an older version of Gephi here.

Google Fusion Tables
Publish data tables online. Samples.

Google Public Data Explorer
Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.

Graphiq
Data visualization tools. Formally FindTheBest. Not only are there design tools, there are many data sets available to work with.

High Charts
interactive JavaScript charts

iCharts
Data Visualization aimed at businesses--especially those looking to brand themselves. There's a free option (which allows for data interactivity, public sharing, and unlimited standard data sets) and a business plan that starts at $25 (offering features like private charts, custom templates, upload images and logos, download high-res images, large data sets, chartbooks, etc.

Infogr.am*
Create interactive illustrations. More than two dozen chart types. Includes a built-in spreadsheet tool for data editing. Samples.

Many Eyes*
Multiple data visualization tool for bar charts, graphs, tag clouds, word trees, scatterplots, block historgrams, etc. You must register to upload data, but registration is free. The public will be able to see your data. Limited to sets of only 5MB.

Markup Wand
Photoshop to HTML/CSS converter. Strip down Photoshop files (.psd) and convert them to embeddable HTML or CSS code.

Meograph   No Longer Available
This is a "video meets infographic." It is a cloud-based interactive-multimedia content creation and curation tool combining maps, timeline, links, and multimedia to tell stories “in context of where and when.” Hand for presenting news stories with a timeline base in creative ways. Doesn't require user skills in coding or multimedia production.

NumberPicture
Create simple charts from your data using templates. Introductory video here.

PiktoChart*
Interactive graphics. Video explanation.

Raw
Far more user friendly than Gephi, but not as pretty. Doesn't generate dynamic networks just static visualizations.

SavvyRoo
Place to create and share visual data. Watch a video explanation here.

Scroll Kit
No coding knowledge needed to use this intuitive website development app that allows anyone to build online experiences.

Silk
A free data publishing and visualization platform for making visualizations from spreadsheets to embed into stories as maps, charts, image galleries, etc. No coding skills required. Especially for journalists.  Sample. Tutorial.   

Strip Creator
Create your own comic strip.

Tableau Public
Data visualization tools that are interactive. Maps, graphics, etc. Samples.

Tableau Software
Free Data Visualization Tool Create data visualizations with this free, downloadable tool.

TED Video: Data Journalism and Punk
Simon Rogers at the TEDx in Paris Aug. 2012 explains how data viz is being used in journalism

Thinglink*
Create hot-spot graphics. Make images interactive by adding music, a voice over, and text.  Free . Sample.

TimeMapper
Timeslines and maps. Sample video here.

Visage
Custom templates for graphics. 

Visual Editors
A visual editor promotes visual journalism literacy in graphics, photo, video and design.

Visual.ly
Create infographics and data visualizations.

Visualize Free
Upload a data set from a spreadsheet (or cut and paste) for charts, maps, diagrams, etc with a drag and drop designer. Registration needed for an account, but it is free). Lots of public-available data to work with (like data.gov). Uploads are private, so that other users cannot gain access to your data.

Vizualize.me
Create your infographic resume for free. Video introduction here.

Voddio*
Formally 1st video, this editor app gives you two tracks of video and up to four tracks of audio. No lower-thirds option.  Free.

Wolfram Alpha
Computational knowledge engine. Enter a search string and have immediate display of various pieces of information regarding that string. The Pro subscription allows users to input their own data and quickly converted into dynamic and interactive charts. The price tag is $4.99 a month and limited to twenty uploads each month.

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Design

100 Types
A gathering of information on specific typefaces.

Adobe Indesign
Adobe product that is the industry standard for page layouts and design (posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books). For professionals and high end projects but for personal or smaller projects, there are other programs with a lower learning curve.

Adobe Pagemaker
While not on the level of Adobe InDesign, it is an effective page layout program for the non-professional. Includes predesigned templates that can be modified.

Adobe Kuler
Find complementary color palettes using a color wheel.

Axure
Design software interactive HTML website wireframe.

Balsamiq
Design software, a quick starter for wireframing tool. 

Butterick's Practical Typography
Everything font-related including kerning, spacing, formatting, and more.

Color Me
Visualize hex colors.

Commarts
"Inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication."

Design Thinking
Blog by Tim Brown about Design issues. Brown is author of Change by Design.

Font Feed
A "daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world."

Font dragr
Browser based tool that checks for web-friendly fonts. Just drag and drop.

FontJoy
This site will generates font pairings for your design project whether you are aiming to create balance, tension or set off content. Free.

Font Shop
This link takes you to the design section of the website where you can "improve your design skills with typography tips and tutorials. FontShop Education docs are formatted for easy downloading and printing, perfect for the classroom or studio."  There's also a healthy glossary section, among other things.  

How Design
This site seeks to meet the "business, creativity and technology needs of graphic designers."

Idea Mag
Japanese design magazine.

Indesign
See Adobe Indesign

Keynotopia
Design software.

QuarkXpress
Page layouts for Mac or PC.Alternative to Adobe InDesign.

Lucid Press
Page layouts for the non-professional to design flyers, newsletters, etc.

Markup Wand
Photoshop to HTML/CSS converter. Strip down Photoshop files (.psd) and convert them to embeddable HTML or CSS code.

PagePlus
Page layouts for Mac.

Page Stream
Page layouts for the non-professional to design flyers, newsletters, etc.etc.

SassMe
Colum vizualize color functions by inserting Hex codes.

Society for News Design
Columns and tips on design, workshop schedule, membership database and more.

Society of Publication Designers

OmniGraffle
Design software. Industry standard.

Print Mag
Design tips, education, resources from Print Magazine, a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design.

Scribus
Page layouts. Alternative to Adobe InDesign.

What the Font
Figures out what font you are looking at. 

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GIFs

Animated GIFs in Photoshop
A tutorial for creating Animated GIFs in Photoshop.

Cinemagram
App for iPhone users, which creates GIFs that feel more like mini-movies. Free.

Gickr*
Create animated GIFs. Free but a small watermark is placed in the corner.

Gif Boom
GIF-making app for iPhone and Android that allows you to sidestep clunky web-based GIF creators. Free.

Gif Hound
GIFs about news.

Gif Soup
Find animated GIFs.

Gifbin
Find and create animated GIFs.

Giphy
GIF search engine.

Picasion 
Create animated GIFs. Free but a watermark is placed in the corner.

Reaction Gifs   NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Find and create animated GIFs.

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Images

360Verse
360 panoramas.

123rf
Royalty free stock photos.

500px
Photography community. Share photos and ideas on this free app (IOS, Android, Windows).

Afterlight
Similar to Darkroom, Wired calls this iPhone app "Instagram on steroids." Lots of filters, textures, and unique frames.  99 cents.

Animoto
Templates for creative videos made up of your photos. Free but limited. Small fee for more flexibility.

Camera FV-5
An app to control camera functions including shutter speed, exposure, focus, and white balance. (Android only)

Camera+*
Photo app with lots of filters and strong HDR mode. Sets the standard when it comes to third party iPhone cameras.  $2.99.

CameraT
Photo app. IOS only. Features: shutter speed, white balance, and exposure compensation, focus controls, tilt meter. Doe not record video.

Creative Commons
Royalty free stock photos.

Darkroom*
Iphone app with filters (or create your own filters), a curves tool for RGB channels, and an infinite history remembers all your edits so undo is easy. Edit photos without having to import them. Link your account to your Instagram account for easy upload. Free. $3 upgrade for curves.

Death to Stock Photo
10 free, hi-resolution photos each month (for your email address). Access to entire library of hi-resolution photos is $10 a month.

DeviantArt
A wide range of different Creative Commons. Somewhat difficult to navigate. 

DreamsTime
Royalty free stock photos and some for low prices, but you have to register before you can download which requires a lot of your information.

Every Stock Photo
More than 21 million free stock photos (under the Creative Commons license).

Exif Data
Extract Exif (Exchangeable Image File) data from photos. EXIF is a standard for additional data embedded within an image or audio files, which can include date, time, camera settings, etc.

Facetune
Airbrushing for the face. Digital makeup that works on IOS and Android.

FindMyShadow
This free site helps you to "calculate the position and height of the sun anywhere in the world on any date and plot the shadow cast by the sun at different times of the day." A helpful tool for photo verification.

Filmic
High definition mobile cam for videography, photography. Lots of bells and whistles probably too much for avarege person or even for what a professional journaist would need. $14.99.

FilterStorm*
Advanced mobile photo editing that allows for sending by email, FTP, Dropbox, SFTP or export into social media. $3.99.

Find Exif 
Extract Exif (Exchangeable Image File) data from photos. EXIF is a standard for additional data embedded within an image or audio files, which can include date, time, camera settings, etc.

Flickr
Easy to navigate, though not the best app for shooting and editing photos. But the free terabyte of storage makes a a good place to dump everything. The Creative Commons licensing section has free stock photos.

Foto Forensics
Helps you verify authenticity of digital images.

Free Digital Photos
Free stock photos but you must give credit to the image creator. 

Free Images
Free stock photos with details on restrictions.

Free Pix
Lots of nice free stock photos of travel, people, etc. Other photos fall under the Creative Commons.

Free Range
Quality free stock photos. Must register.

Free Stock Photos
More than 14,000 free stock photos and clipart. A variety of licenses from commercial to public domain.

Geograph
More than 3 million free stock photos for travel and geography under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

Getty Images
Getty Images is allowing users to forgo the company's watermark and use most of its images for free in exchange for a credit at the bottom of the picture with a link to the licensing page.

Good Free Photos
Thousands of free stock photos under the Free Public Domain licensing.

Google Advance Search
Under “usage rights” and pick one such as “free to use, share or modify, even commercially” to narrow down your search for usable photographs. Google recommends checking the license to make sure it is legitimate. 

Google Goggles
Instead of words, take a picture to do a search. Sample video here.

Google Reverse Image Search
Drag and drop or upload to search where a photo originated. Video explains it here.

Gopano
Create, share and view 360-degree photos and videos with any camera. Free in app store.

Gratisography
Free hi-resolution stock photos.

Hipstamatic*
Fact-checking photo editor. Can pick pick films, lenses, and flashes before taking your photos. Set shutter speed, shoot multi-exposed photos. $2.99 for the app but HipstaPacks for up to $4.99.

Hyperlapse
Instagram’s timelapse video. No audio option.

I am CC
A service that automatically releases your Instagram photos under Creative Commons license.

Instagram*
Photo and video sharing app.

InVID
A free Firefox plugin to debunk fake video news and verify videos and images.

iPhone Shutter Grip
This iPhone accessory helps you hold it more steady and have a button to push.  $40.

iStockphoto
Royalty free stock photos.

Izatru
Photo verification site. Upload a jpg and get a trust rating as to possible authenticity. Pronounced "is it true" this software created by a Dartmouth prof Hany Farid will run a series of tests and give images a trust rating.  More helpful when you are trying to determine whether you have an original, unedited image. If the photo includes typical image editing, such as cropping, it may be flagged as if it were the same as having been heavily edited. Video samples. Free.

Jay Mantri
Free stock photos under public domain. Seven new photos each Friday.

Jing
A free, easy-to-use screen capture application. Snap a screenshot or record a video, save and share.

Kizoa
Free service to create slideshows and edit photos.

Library of Congress Photos
Stock photos. 

Little Visuals
Hi-resolution images of buildings, travel, landscapes, under the Public Domain Dedication. Seven images in your inbox every 7 days.

LiveShare
Photo and file sharing. Sample.

Manual
An app to control camera functions on your phone you can't manipulate with the IPhone camera app including shutter speed, exposure, focus, and white balance. (iOS only)

Metapicz
Extract Exif (Exchangeable Image File) data from photos. EXIF is a standard for additional data embedded within an image or audio files, which can include date, time, camera settings, etc.

Moment phone case w/lens*
The case has a mount for attaching the wide lens. The case has a battery to add life to your phone.  There is a physical shutter button for a more natural feel. The lens have a nice weight balance on the phone. The case by itself is $30, the phone case with a built-in battery is $99, and the wide lens is $99.

Montabe
Processes photos sent in via email and upload forms, as well as submissions from social media sites and MMS, and handles any cropping or resizing issues before publishing them in visual galleries. Tracks who’s submitting photos and which get the most clicks. $99 per month.

Morguefile
More than 300,000 free stock images with a wide range of categories. The site asks that you credit the photographer.

Narrative
Wearable camera that takes a photo every 30 seconds and creates a video at the end of the day (without using the repetitive shots). No work for the wearer.

NASA images
Free use of images.

New Old Stock
Free stock website with vintage photos under the Creative Commons or “The Commons” license from Flickr.

Night Moves
For low light photo shooting. $1.99

Offset
High-end images. $250 for a 3MB file or $500 for 40+ MB file and unlimted use. Owned by Shutterstock (a larger, mainstream stock photo company). 

Olloclip*
Small lens attachment which slides onto the corner of the phone. Includes a three lenses:  wide angle, a fish-eye and a macro. $100.

One True Media
Templates for videos of slideshows. NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Open Attribute
Plug in that makes it easier to use Creative Commons.

Open Clip Art
Free and easy to use clip art.

Pattern Library
Free stock photos of patterns you can use in your own designs (useful for backgrounds too). 

Photo Everywhere
More than 3000 free stock photos under the Creative Commons Attribution focused on travel.

Photo Peach
Slideshows with audio and text. Sample.

Photogene
Edits still images. Comes with a variety of preset options. Easy-to-navigate interface. $2.99. 

ProShot
Photo App that offers grid overlay and custom aspect ratios. Andriod or iOS.

Photo Pin
Millions of free stock photos culled from Flickr with the Creative Commons license.
 
PhotoFeeler
Feedback on how you are being perceived in your profile photos. Add a photo in one of three categories – Business, Social or Dating. Vote on photos of other people to get credits or purchase credits with real money. Each credit allows one person to vote on your photo.

Pic Fog
Real time photo searches.

Pic Jumbo
Free stock photos in many categories. Attribution is not required though suggested.

PicMonkey
Free photo-editing alternative to Photoshop. No software download or learning curve. Some more advanced options for $4.99 a month.

Pixabay
Creative Commons Public Domain photos so you do not need permission or have to pay any attribution when you use the photo.

Pixlr
Browser-based photo editing.

ProCamera*
Iphone app. For capturing, editing and sharing photos. Control over focus, exposure, white balance, and lighting. Includes slow shutter settings for great night shots. Compose shots or shoot HD and SD video. Tools can clutter the screen but worth the $5 price.

Public Domain Archive
All images are public domain, free to use. Includes a large collection of vintage image.

the Rasterbator
Make a printable poster out of an image.

Refe
A Tumblr site of free stock mobile photos.

Regex
Helps verify the authenticity of digital images.

Shutterstock*
Royalty free stock photos. With reverse image search you can use drag a photo or illustration into search in order to find other images with a similar look and feel.

Slow Shutter Cam
Capture beautiful light trails, improves low light photos. 99 cents.

Snapseed
Google's Snapseed is a powerful mobile photo tool. Both auto edit and editing controls. Both IOS and Android. Free.

Speaking Photo
Audio note taking to go with photo. Take a picture of a scene then speak notes into phone. Free.

Stock Free Images
Nearly a million images donated by the Dreamstime contributors to download for free with registration. Credit must accompany the photo. There are some other restriction options.

Stock.xchng
Free stock photo site.

Stock Vault
More than 46,000 free stock photos. A variety of photographs and various licensing options.

Storehouse
Group photos together to tell a story with this IOS app. Add text. Free.

SuperFamous
Hi-res free stock photos under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (use the images, even commercial use as long as you give credit to Superfamous).

Thnk Link
Make images interactive. Sample.

Tineye
This reverse image search engine connects images to their creators. Helps in image verification.

Trip Wow
Quick way to create a slideshow. Sponsored by TripAdvisor.

Unbound 
App for simple and pretty viewing experience of your Dropbox photos. Fast with lots of features. $2.99 a month. Mac version $9.99/ a month.

Unsplash
Hi-res photos featuring many random shots. Use their photos however you want under the Public Domain Dedication license. Subscribe and get 10 new photos every 10 days.

Videolicious*
App for easy photo and video editing on your iPhone. Free.

VSCO Cam*
Great start-to-finish photo app. Easy to use filters. Manual controls like focus lock, exposure lock, and white balance. Edit images and share them on social media. IOS. Free.

Vuvox
Multimedia collage tool. Photo slide shows, video, photos. Can’t post directly from Vuvox. Post elsewhere then embed in blog.

Wikimedia Commons
Offers free stock photos under all different licenses as well as sounds and videos.  The link to the CC Creative Common license will tell you how you can use that image.

WowSlider
An image slider with wide compatibility and easy embed.

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Learning

Academic Earth
More than 1,500 video lectures by professors from Harvard, Yale, broken down into single classes on topics like art, architecture, and astronomy. Free.

How Cast
Free learning site divided into categories like environment, first aid, and parenting. Experts share their knowledge in videos that cover everything from surviving heart attacks to playing charades.

iTunes U
More than 350,000 free video lectures.

Khan Academy
Tools for kids and adults in single, short lessons on a neon blackboard. More than 20,000 free videos.

Lynda Software Training*
Software training & tutorial video library. 

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Maps

Amcharts
Creates charts and maps.

Batchgeo
Map creator. Can be embedded into a site.

Crowd Map
Crowdsourced data, mapped.

Google Maps

Points Mentioned
Automatically generates maps for local news articles.

Quik maps
Google maps for your website.

ZeeMaps
Create interactive maps.

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Multimedia

Newsbound
Visual-storytelling platform that can combine photos, graphics, animations and text into a slideshow. Considered part of explainer journalism, the company behind the site can be hired to create pieces.  

Storify*
Social media aggregate. Publish elements - photos, tweets, videos together. Free.

Story Planet
mix videos, photos texts and graphs with timelines, etc.

Tumblr*
This social platform allows users to see posts from all of the blogs they follow in a single stream. Sort of Twitter, but with full text and more images. You can populate your stream with content by others simply by clicking the "like" and "reblog" buttons.

Vuvox  SHUT DOWN IN 2013
Multimedia collage tool. Photo slide shows, video, photos. Can’t post directly from Vuvox. Post elsewhere then embed in blog.

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Organization

Boomerang
Schedule Gmail or Outlook email for a later send date.  Add-on for Firefox and Chrome. Free.

Buffer*
Popular social media scheduling service for posting to multiple sites at one time or later, including: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+. Provides analytics. Free, but $10 (and up) a month gives you unlimited scheduling so you can plan your content well ahead of time.

Evernote*
Access notes on any computer, tablet or phone. Search function lets you find a note in either text or audio format. Free for iOS and Android.

Fargo
An outlining application that runs in your browser but stores your files in Dropbox. Build hierarchies, ideas branching off ideas. Users can hide parts of outlines as you’re working, to keep the document manageable. Elements can be moved to other programs for slide presentations, to create sections of a research paper, or as blog posts. Outlines can be dropped inside other outlines.

Freshbooks
A cloud-based accounting app that helps you manage clients and projects, send invoices, and track time, expenses, and estimates right from your iPhone. Best for running a business in which you have specific projects for different clients that involve billable hours. The first three clients are free; then $20 for up to 25 clients or $30 for unlimited clients per month. 

Grid
Spreadsheet table app that's much simpler than Excel. Designed to tackle lists, event planning,  basic budgeting. Add photos, videos, maps, music. You can add so-called “people tiles” to your spreadsheets by giving Grid access to your phone contacts. Gesture controls and collaboration options. Video sample here.

Mohiomap
Access several Cloud platforms at the same time, it's a visual overview of Dropbo, Evernote, and Google Drive.  Introduction video here. Basic version is free. For $5 a month for the premium model you get custom themes, analytics, the ability to make node connections and add comments to notes and files.

Meetways
Find a halfway point between two locations.

Nozbe
Task management system. Organizes according to the context in which they are done (online, at the office, at home, etc.) . Designed with teams in mind-which could be as simple as sharing a shopping list. Available for most devices. Works with Google Calender.  Monthly fee: $8 for a single user, $16 for a family, $40 for a team.

OmniOutliner
Mac program that keeps lists and organizes outlines. Low learning curve to create rich, multi-column, collapsible outlines in many styles. Add embedded notes, images, links, etc. $40 to buy the standard version, $70 for the pro model. An educational discount of $25 and $50 is available here.

Google Now
Tracks your online behavior and uses this data to predict the information that you will need, such as local traffic or weather updates.

PinBoard
Bookmark things you find in social media. One time $9.94 cost.

Pligus
Communication and collaborative site.

Podio
Social work platform for basic project management tasks — calendar, contacts, activity stream — that helps teams collaborate and communicate. Both free and paid versions.

Scrivener*
App that gives you a single place to dump all your ideas--especially for creating and managing complex writing projects, whether you're trying to write a novel, play, TV show, or magazine feature. Write in fragments and then shuffle scenes and chapters around in a bulletin board mode, and collect research notes, multimedia files, and character sketches.  Allows you to slowly "grow” books, scripts, and articles. Easily converting the document to an e-book, web page, a PDF for print, or a Word doc. Works with the Mac and Windows.  Free 30-use trial. $45 for the latest version-many writers swear it's worth it. Doesn't work on iPads though.

TripIt
Organize all your travel plans into mobile itineraries.

Ulysses
Writing app for Mac. Uses plain text or Markdown for writing, but also includes notes, exporting, organization and more. $44.99.

WorkFlowy
Digital note taking app. Excellent design, but lacks due dates, reminders of upcoming deadlines and calendar view. Free version limits you to 500 lists or "items" per month.  Pro accounts can be backed up to Dropbox. Individual pro accounts ($4.99 per month or $49 per year) and Team ($3.99 per month per user, or $39 per year per user, with a two user minimum) A short video introduction here.

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Other Cool Tools

5-0 Radio
Police scanner, emergency frequencies. Free.

10-Minute Mail
Throwaway email addresses that expire in 10 minutes. Allows you to sign up for things without using your real email address.  

ABBYY FineReader
Turn scans of paper documents, PDF files, and digital photographs into searchable and editable formats. $169.99.

Adobe Export
Convert PDF files to Word or Excel documents.  $1.99 a month.

BrandYourself
Manage and take ownership of your search results. Helps to make sure search engines find the real you and put your relevant results at the top. 

Calculate Duration between Dates
Find out exactly how many much time has passed between two dates (or will pass).

Calibre
Convert e-books from one format to another. Create, edit, and read e-books. Free. 

Camel Camel Camel
Shows the price history of anything on Amazon and alerts you when the price drops.

Caspio
Creates databases, charts.

Chat Step
Private chatrooms.

Cloud Flare
Designed to increase website's performance (through routing and switching--helping computers connect over the Internet) and security (using cloud cyber-security and encrypted HTTPS connections.).  Some services free, while paid plans range from $20 per month to thousands of dollars for clients with intricate websites.

Clue
Memory test for your site.

Contxts
A tech alternative to business cards.

CreateAGraph
Kid friendly. Very simple.

Crystal
Analyzes data from social media and such to put people into 64 personality types in order to help users craft email that empathizes with the preferred approach of recepiants. Starts at $19 a month for individuals. $99 for companies.

Date to Date Calculator
Find out exactly how many much time has passed between two dates (or will pass).

Down for everyone (or just me)?
Find out if Google, Twitter, and other services are down for just you or other people as well.

Email Spam Test
Check to ensure that your email isn't going to be flagged as spam before you send it.

ePhoto Clamp*
ePhoto Portable Swivel Flash Clamp with Hot Shoe Mount Flash Adapter. Holds your phone to many different surfaces. $15.

Fake Name Generator
Free new identity.

FillAnyPDF
Upload PDFs, PNGs, JPGs, or GIFs to the site (no software required) and then email a link to the file. The receiver can open the form and fill out the required information without having to download the file, then print, scan and fax it back to you. The site promises security for uploaded files. Free trial. Costs start at $12 a year.

FreezePage
Save a copy of what a web address looked like at a specific date and time.

FX
A browser-based effect generator for flash.

HaveIBeenPwned
TheCheck to see if your email address was part of a data breach. The site tells you whether your personal information has been compromised.

HyperMac
An external battery for any USB-driven device — your iPad, your iPhone, your laptop.

Import io
Scraps data from any url and turns the webpage into data.

iOgrapher case*
Light and simple to use, this camera platform turns your phone into a filmmaking device by providing stability anda place to put additional filmmaking accessories such as a microphone and lighting. $60.

iTranslate
Speech translation. Spoken English to spoken foreign language (or back)  for phrases and words. Iphone, Ipad, Apple Watch. Free.

JustDeleteMe
Want to delete your account from a site?  Here's a long list of "direct links to delete your account from web services" that might have data on you.

Lightning Headphone Jack Adapter
The Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter (that comes with the iPhone 7) allows you to plug your standard headphones into an iPhone 7. $9.

Local Angle
A free platform that journalists can use to find local angles on national stories. Local Angle identifies any names mentioned in recent national news stories, and then uses this data to categorize stories by city.

MailDrop.cc
Create a disappearing email address when signing up for a one-time deal or for other temporary situations. Gone in 24 hours.

MeFoto BackPacker Air Tripod*
Lightweight and compact, the legs on this 2-pound tripod extend up to 60 inches. Converts into a selfie stick. $125.

Mobile Reporting Field Guide
Developed by UC Berkley Graduate School of Journalism, this free PDF or iBook promises to be everything a reporter needs to know when reporting from their iPhone. Search Mobile Reporting Guide in the app store.

Moment App
Shows how long you are on your phone and how often you pick it up.

Optimizely
Automated A/B testing to help startups tweak their offerings.

Privnote
Share a confidential note via a web link that will self-destruct after it is read by your intended recipient.

PulsePoint
Police scanner, emergency frequencies. Free.

Reporters Committee First Aid
Mobile app Free guide gives reporters in the field immediate access to legal resources, particularly in situations where access or news gathering may be stymied. Search “reporters committee” in App Store.

SocMetrics
Allows you to ID influencers; the competitive influence feature allows drill down on brands.

Tiny URL*
Web address shortening service.

User Testing
Pays people to try out new websites or smartphone apps and take video while they do so, showing our people use products (or misunderstand them).

Weebly 
Simple website creation.

Who.is
Look information about who owns a website.

Wickr Signal
Send encrypted messages, set how long those messages last before they self-destruct. Attachment support. Free. 

Widgetbox
A collection of widgets.

Word Lens
Free real-time translation app. Purchased by Google. iOS version.

Wordle 
Generate word clouds for free. Save to public gallery and then you can get the embed code. Samples.

YouSendit
Sending large files. Receipts and download tracking. 2 GB free. 5 GB for $10 a month.

Zamzar
Convert files without downloading software. Audio, video, image and docs.

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Password Management

1Password
A popular password manager app, it stores them in your Web browser, requiring only that you to use the one master password to access them. 1Password also makes good use of the cloud to keep it in sync with all your devices. Starts at $24.99 though there is a one month free trial option.

DataVault
Password manager to protect your data. Can sync through Dropbox. $10 for any operating system.

eWallet
Password manager to protect your data. Nice look, customizable. The Windows version is $20, others $10.

KeePass
Free and open-source program offers a fairly wide range of features including multiple user keys, password groups, and database transfer. Setting an expiration date will be a reminder that it’s time to generate a new password. The downside: not as suitable for bank accounts and credit cards as competitors. No timed lockout if you are in a public place. Free.

Lastpass
Like 1Password, it generates and saves passwords. Free version is limited. Paid is $12 a year.

TK8
Sophisticated option for the IT-types more than the general public. Templates for credit cards and bank accounts but PC only and no search field.  Basic: $20 standard version. $30 pro option withmultiple user option.

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Polls/Quizzes

Doodle
Create polls; can’t be embedded, but can be linked.

PollDaddy
Poll creator.

Poll Everywhere*
Instant audience feedback through texting.

Pollmo
Simple polling.

Quizlet*
Create study tools like flash cards and quizzes or make use of those created by others. Easy to use. App available. Free

Survey Monkey*
Easy simple surveys. Inexpensive.

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Portfolios - Create or Display

About Me
Quickly create an attractive profile page. A digital card/personal description site that is highly searchable and smartly designed. Sort of a social media business card. Free. Video introduction here.

beBee
Personal branding platform.

Clippings Me
Showcase your work as a journalist, blogger or writer.  Add online and print clippings, link to your social media sites, and customize your portfolio. Free. Demo.

Contently
Tools for creating and showcasing storytelling content of writers. Connects publishers (both news organizations and PR folks at businesses with journalists, then takes a 15% transition fee. Designed to help freelancers find work. Takes care of the paperwork aspect (invoicing and payments) for businesses hiring freelancers. Free.

Pressfolios
Especially designed for highlighting the kinds of things a journalist would want to highlight in order to show what they've done. The links to past content are prominent. There’s also an area for listing skills and a detailed biography. Instead of just linking to your stories (which can be taken down) Pressfolios creates a backup version. Lacks social media integration. Free but $12 each month for a pro version. Samples: One: The Atlantic, GQ freelancer, Two: NY Times freelancer, Three: Rolling Stone contributor

Seelio
The portfolio network for student builders and doers.

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Power Point Alternatives

Brainshark
Convert existing PowerPoints into an online video. Fee for some options.

Bunkr
Collects visual content and organize it into slides. Like Evernote for formatting presentations. Built for speedy, easy assembly though not as flexible as Prezi. The HTML5 presentation works on computers, phones and tablets.  Allows for multiple users to work on the same presentation (like Google Docs). Free unless you want to space to store more than two presentations, though you can download them in PDF or PPT.

Clear Slide Alternative to Power Point.

Flair
Build audio and video with text effects Flash-based presentations without knowing coding for Flash. Not free.

Google Docs Presentations  
Create presentations inside Google Docs. Free with collaborative editing but more limited than PowerPoint.

Keynote
For Mac users, compatible with iPhone and iPad.

Mobile Mouse
Use Your SmartPhone to Give a Presentation. Phone app will control computer. Free version with limited features. MobileMouse Pro, $2.99 for iPad or Android or iOS $1.99. Demonstration video here.

Prezi*
Slide creator. Alternative to Power Point. Use 3-D zoom and turn your slides into a cinematic experience.

Screencast-O-Matic
Screencasts can be shared on YouTube, embedded in websites, and accessed online.

Shoulderpod S2*
A handle grip for your smartphone to steady your shots. Works with tripods and comes with a wrist strap. Additional accessories available. $50.

SlideShare
Popular resentation tool owned by LinkedIn. Use documents, PDFs and video to creat webinars, audio presentations, for online lectures etc. Solid analytics for free. Watch a slide show about SlideShare here.

SlideSnack
Record your PDFs as an audio-visual slidecast. Basic features are free, more options for purchase.

Vuvox
Multimedia collage tool. Vuvox lets you blend photos, audio, video, and text to create personalized stories. Can’t post directly from Vuvox. Post elsewhere, then embed.  Integrates with social media. 

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Publishing Platforms

Blogger
Free blog platform with gentle learning curve for beginners Run by Google, so it integrates with Google products well. Lacks many plugins to improve functionality. Limited design options.

Editorially - no longer available
A stripped-down a text editor. Allows for collaborators. Tracks changes. Not a publishing platform.

Ghost
Simple to use, custom domains. The product of a Kickstarter campaign. CMS free. Hosting is $4.99 a month.

Joomla
Lots of possible complexity.  Deep level navigation, sections in sections, categories etc.

Jux
Photo-oriented with great layouts and fonts. Custom domains. Writing tool weak.

LiveProBlog
Liveblog Pro is a liveblogging platform built by journalists, for journalists. Free to use for individuals, with a paid-for service offering multiple users.

Marquee
Publishing platform focused on presentation.

Medium
Created by Twitter co-founders to support good writing. Clean design and easy-to-use interface. For those who want to write but don’t want to maintain a blog or website. Intended to be a place where smart people plant their thoughts.  Share a draft of a post with friends who can make comments as marginal notes (rather than at the end of a post). Free, but Twitter account is required. No custom domains or customization.  

Newsbound
Visual-storytelling platform that can combine photos, graphics, animations and text into a slideshow. Considered part of explainer journalism, the company behind the site can be hired to create pieces. 

Postach.io
Publishing platform limited to Evernote (popular note-taking platform). Custom domains, but limited themes. Pulls your thoughts from Evernote into the blog.  Free for basic service, $4.99 a month for advanced options.

Postagon
Blogging platform. Custom domains, writing-oriented, comfortable setup. Limited customization. $5 a month.   

Posthaven
Custom domains, tagging. Weak on themes.$5 a month.

Roon
Blogging platform. Free if using Roon sub-domain, $12 a year for custom domains and Google Analytics (but the Roon logo remains on your blog). Easy-to-use iOS app, nice post editor, low learning curve.  Limited layouts.

Scribble Live
Live-streaming. Create, curate and publish content to provide real time coverage and storytelling. Fee.

Silvrback
Blogging platform. Establish your own brand with a custom domain. Nice archive and bio pages. $29.99 a year special. 14 day free trial.

Sitey
A do-it-yourself publishing platform, sames as WebsiteBuilder.com, SiteBuilder.com and Sitelio.com. Some reviewers, such as this one,  say there are many consumer complaints related to billing.

Sparkwise
A dashboard tool to bring many data streams together to tell a story using video, audio and text.

Square Space
Inexpensive way to build a website or blog. Templates for a ready made site.  From $8--$24 a month, includes hosting. WordPress has more flexible design and functionality (no plugins with Square Space), but not everyone will want so many extras. Square Space is for those who are more focused on content than code.

Storify*
Social media aggregate. Publish elements - photos, tweets, videos together. Free.

Svbtle
Writing platform. Minimalist interface. Encourages reader response. 

Tumblr*
This social platform allows users to see posts from all of the blogs they follow in a single stream. Sort of Twitter, but with full text and more images. You can populate your stream with content by others simply by clicking the "like" and "reblog" buttons.

Weebly
Simple website creation.

Wix
Free blogging platform. Student example here.

WordPress.com 
WP-dot-com is free and easy to use. The dot-org version is not.  WP-dot-com includes hosting and a domain name (yourdomain.wordpress.com) but your own domain name is only $15 more.  Basic customization available (themes, colors, layout and fonts).  Limited monetization and plugin options.

WordPress.org*
The most often used software for publishing on line.  Pick your own domain name, host wherever you like, and add plugins as you like. Steeper learning curve that WP-dot-com.

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QR Code Generators

delivr

Kaywa
5 dynamic codes for free, then $13.75 and up a month for analytics, etc.

Maestro

Mashable
Article on how to create a QR code.

QR Stuff

Zxing Project

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Research

Academic OneFile
This database, often available through public libraries, has access to thousands of journals. Not all articles are available in full text. Subscription required.

Academic Search Premier*
This database provides access to the latest research published in thousands of scholarly journals. Subscription required.

The Brookings Institution
A non-profit think tank, Brookings has a large network of scholars that produce reports and papers on a wide variety of important news topics.

Comparea
See a visual comparison of two states, cities, countries or continents. Move them around.  It will also tell how many times bigger a geographic area is to another.

Content Gems
Monitors blogs, social media, etc and filters the content based on keywords, etc. and sends you links. A free account is available but limited. Paid accounts (starting at $9) are based on the number of keywords you want to research.

Data.gov
US government data sets.

Directory of Open Access Journals
A growing database that covers only journals that are free and open to the public.

Directory of Open Access Repositories
This free site is operated by the University of Nottingham in the UK. It aggregates databases from around the world, locating open access research across disciplines.

Fact Check
A political fact checking site run by The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Fetching
Captures every site you visit automatically, so you can more easily find websites and articles you need now but didn't know at the time you would need them.

Google Trends
Real time search info. Break it down by day or region. Pulls data from YouTube and Google News as well. Insights on what people want to know right now.

Storyful
Find and verifies stories on social media platforms for clients. Owned by News Corps.

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Social Media

Also see Twitter

Account Killer
Shows how to completely close any social media account, not just disable them.

Agorapulse
Twitter and Facebook AND Instagram management tool. Receive instant email notification every time one of your automated moderation rules applies to a post or comment. Discover your most engaged fans based on interaction with your page. Coordinates contests and promotions. Accounts start at $29 a month.

Alternion
Aggregation of your social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr) as well as email into one scrollable dashboard.  Free.

ArgyleSocial
A social media platform for B2B marketing--merge social data with sales and numbers to identify best prospects. A single dashboard to monitor both Facebook and Twitter as well as reports on ROI.

Banjo
Search your location for social media trends in real time.  The system shows geolocated public posts made from mobile devices and organized by location through "following" people, organized by location.  Banjo Discovery is a curated sample of what's interesting.

Bitly
URL shortening and bookmarking service that also offers real time-analytics as well as click tracking. Works with Twitter and Facebook. Free.

Bottle Nose
Track news and trends across social networks.

Blottr
Residents can use to report on breaking news events in their own neighborhoods.

BrandYourself
Manage and take ownership of your search results. Helps to make sure search engines find the real you and put your relevant results at the top.

Buffer*
Popular social media scheduling service for posting to multiple sites at one time: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+. Can schedule for later. Analytics. providedFree, however, $10 (and up) a month gives you unlimited scheduling so you can plan your content ahead of time.

BuzzSumo
Dashboard showing hot social media topics from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.  A few free searches each day or unlimited if you sign up for an account with an email address. A paid BuzzSumo Pro service is in the works.

Carma
Analytic insights for PR. Paid

Chartbeat
Real-time analytics, including how long your audience is actively engaged and how far they’ve scrolled down the page. (Paid service. Free 30-day trial.)

Cision
Large public relations software firm that merged with Vocus. Focused on executing and measuring influencer-oriented media campaigns. Large media and blogger database, distributes press releases, manages influencer outreach, and measure social media activities.

Clear
App that finds and flags your potentially inappropriate past social media posts and tweets.

Cover it Live*
Live blogging. Free.

Crimson Hexagon
In-depth sentiment metrics for planning social strategies. No mobile app. Paid.

Crowdfire
(Formerly JustUnfollow) This app shows your Twitter followers, unfollowers, inactive users, nearby followers, people who don't follow back and people and more all at one time--works with Instagram as well.

Crowd Booster*
Pulls together your Facebook and Twitter info (time most people look at your images or video uploads, your total reach, engagement, etc.). Helpful for devising a social media strategy. At a glance analytics recommendations on timing as well as audience insights. Starting at $9 a month.

*Crowdtangle
A "social listening device" that locates well-performing Facebook posts in a given area of content and shows them in a dashboard. If applicable to a client then users are able to either re-post the trending post or take that concept and make it useful to the specific audience. Called the secret behind UpWorthy’s success.  Formally a monthly subscription cost but purchased by Facebook in 2016 and now free though there is a vetting process.

Dataminr
Tool for catching what's news on Twitter before it trends.

EveryPost
Post to Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, all at one time. Free app.

Facebook Live
Livestreaming like Periscope.

Facebook Mentions
A separate app from messenger, this will allow you to send things. just to certain friends.

Facebook Signal
One-stop shopping for FB/Instagram trends.

Feedient
Aggregation of social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr) into one scrollable dashboard.  Free.

Foursquare
Geolocation games.

Friend or Follow
Find out who's not following you back on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.

GeoFeedia
Search social media in real-time by location. Find photos, tweets, and other user generated content. For a cost, GeoFeedia will set up a geofence for a particular place.  Draw a circle around any area on a map to see all the content being posted by users within that area in real-time. Around a store so management can see what people are saying while browsing or a news organization can build a fence around a place where news is happening. $1,450 a month for up to five users.

Gephi
Popular social networking analysis tool. Interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical Graphs. steep learning curve. Watch a video introduction to an older version of Gephi here.

Glisser
Glisser "makes presentations social"  by making slides sharableto audience phones and laptops. Live polling, Twitter feeds and other audience interaction. Free but a paid subscription offers more options.

Google Trends
Info on what people are searching for in google, find trends, etc.

Hashtags
A real-time tracker of Twitter hashtags (like a tag for tweets, describing the content or nature of the tweet).

HootSuite*
Probably the most popular social media dashboard. Manage multiple accounts across multiple social networks: execute campaigns, schedule messages, track mentions and traffic.  Monitor your data in scrollable columns from up to five social networks for free.  Pro versions (starting at $8.99 per month).

Hyperlapse
Instagram’s timelapse video. No audio option.

Iconosquare*
Metrics for Instagram including top photos, which filters you use the most, most engaged followers, etc. Many different types of data nicely displayed with visualizations. Free.

IFTTT*
Stands for "If This Then That." Power tool for setting up automatic responses to Tweets, FB posts etc. Creates what programmers call conditional expressions. Such as sending a Tweet each time you make a blog post. Integrates well with HootSuit and Buffer. Samples.

Instatrack
App that tells you about your Instagram followers.

Klout
Measure your social media impact. Free.

Knowem
Allows you to check for the use of your name, brand, product, or username in more than 500 social media websites to see if it already taken and to secure it if it is not.

Kurrently
Search engine for Facebook and Twitter.

LiveProBlog
Liveblog Pro is a liveblogging platform built by journalists, for journalists. Free to use for individuals, with a paid-for service offering multiple users.

MarketMeSuite
Social media platform that lets you connect with Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Ping.fm, Zen Desk, Bizo. Supports multiple users for free, can follow keywords, create and monitor campaigns, and supports RSS integration.

Mention
Tracks social media mentions of key words you selection.block URLs out of searches and other features. 14 day free trial. Then accounts starting at $29 a month.

Meltwater Buzz
Social media tracking analysis by capturing social media mentions. Reports are not detailed so it's best when only skimming mentions is your goal. Video explanation here.

NameChk
Find out if your name or user name is available on a social network.

Naymz
Measure and manage your social media reputation. Similar to Klout, it gives you a score based on your social media influence.

Nuzzle
Currates info from your social networks into an easy to read news stream. Quick way to surface the stories that are being shared by your social networks. Sort based on time elapsed, etc.  Mine for stories you missed or know when too many people you follow share the same link.

Parature
Microsoft-owned SalesForce competitor that provides social media insights and reports. Helps route customer comments to the appropriate departments.

PhotoFeeler
Feedback on how you are being perceived in your profile photos. Add a photo in one of three categories – Business, Social or Dating. Vote on photos of other people to get credits or purchase credits with real money. Each credit allows one person to vote on your photo.

PostPlanner
Web post management tool for Facebook and Twitter.  You can indicate which type of content (photos, text, etc) you want shared at what times. Allows you to re-send content multiple times.  Includes a search tool to find more content related to your niche.  $7 a month.

Quora
Crowdsourcing questions and answers.

RebelMouse
Platform for curating and aggregating social media content. It pulls from user's Twitter and Facebook feeds (among others) to create a page that showcases social content or organizes content around a single topic or user. Can be hosted by RebelMouse or integrated with a site built with WordPress. Here's a sample.

Reportedly
News service that lives in social media.

Reppler
Helps you manage your social media reputation. Checks your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, and Picasa accounts then offers suggestions to improve your image. Looks for privacy and security risks as well as inappropriate content (drugs, adult content, and potentially offensive language). Free.

SalesForce Marketing Cloud
Formally Radian6, it provides social media insights and reports. Relatively easy to use, and empowers companies to clearly understand their place in social. Paid.

Scribble Live
Live-streaming. Create, curate and publish content to provide real time coverage and storytelling. Fee.

Seesmic
Android apps to manage your social networks in one place, including Foursquare, Twitter, Salesforce Chatter, Google Reader, Google Buzz, Facebook, Linkedin, and Ping.fm. Don't need a browser window open to use the social media platform.

SimpleWash  (formally FaceWash)
Designed to help you locate and remove potentially offensive comments and photos on Facebook and Twitter so you present yourself as more professional.

Snapchat Stories
Collections of daily moments from users in cities around the world.

Social Flow*
Designed to makes sure your message goes out at the most optimum time by letting watch real-time conversations and expand audience engagement. Analyzes data to determine when money should be spent on Promoted Tweets, Sponsored Stories and Promoted Posts. Used by some major publishers like The Washington Post and Mashable.  Starting at $99 a month.

Social Mention
Social media search and analysis. Sends you alerts based on your keywords in blogs, comments, videos, etc. which basically makes it a social media search engine. Free.

SocialOomph*
App that schedules tweets (and other social media), auto-follow new followers, tracking keywords, and monitor social media activity (such as mentions and retweets).  Free version and pro version.

SocMetrics
Allows you to identify influencers in a specific industry , interact with them and monitor your social media campaign. 

Spredfast
Measures data from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr, such as reach and target audience success. Easy-to-digest graphs.

SproutSocial*
A popular social media management tool in which you can schedule social media posts, get snapshot metrics, and monitor messages. A single stream inbox with monitoring tools and robust analytics. Not free or as cheap as HootSuite, but can be customized in ways that HootSuite cannot be customized. Free trial, Packages from $39, $59 or $99 per month. 

Sysomos
Not an indepth as rivals Salesforce Marketing Cloud (Radian6) or Crimson Hexagon, but easy to use for quick monitoring a company's brand. No mobile app. Paid.

Tailwind*
A Pinterest scheduler with analytics and features like a draft mode. Free trial then $119 a year.

Talkwalker Alert
Like Google alerts, tracks keyword mentions on the web--such as your own name, your family, friends, company, etc. Get email notices when the phrase or name comes up on the Web. Free.

Traackr
Find and follow people who are influential in your industry. See how social media leaders are responding and contributing to your content. Target authorities to help your social media campaigns get off the ground and track the results.

TrackMaven
Audience insights in real-time which are compared against peers. Focused on big brands and enterprise marketers. Paid.

Trackur
Social media monitoring tools and measurements.

Uprise.io
Discover blogs that are sharing content that your users are interested in or enter your competitor's website address and get detailed listings of their content and shares of that content.  Alternative to Buzzsumo.

Who's Talkin'?
Social media search tool. Alerts you to mentions. Helps you to search for particular conversations.

Wildcard
IOS App that curates bits of breaking stories based on your preferences while taking into account what your Twitter friends share. Good-looking interface, easy to use on your phone.

Zapier
Tools for connecting web services (such as Evernote and Dropbox). Works like IFTTT. Automated Twitter posts, archived Twitter posts, easy analysis.  Up to 100 tasks each month for free.  More of paid subscription starting at $15 per month.

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Storage and Sync

Authory
Automatically backs up a journalist’s articles regardless as to which  site they’re published on.  Lets readers “subscribe” to journalists, so that they can receive email notifications when one of them publishes something new. Two week free trial. After that the service is $7 a month or $70 a year.

Bitcasa
Digital storage.

Bittorrent Sync
The most widely used storage format for sharing pirated content, Bittorrent is making an effort to be known for more legit offerings through it's Sync app that synchronizes files across devices apart from the cloud.

Box
Digital storage focused on business solutions.

Dropbox*
Online file storage for backups. Syncs folders automatically on several devices. 2 GB free. 100 GB for $10 a month.

Flickr
Easy to navigate, though not the best app for shooting and editing photos. But the free terabyte of storage makes a a good place to dump everything. The Creative Commons licensing section has free stock photos.

Google Drive
Document storage. Open and edit files from within browser windows. 5 GM free. 200 GB for $10 month.

Media Fire
Free cloud storage service.

OneDrive
Microsoft provides 15 GB free backup to the cloud for storage. OneDrive includes a nice interface for scrolling through material (particularly photos).  Formally Skydrive.

Spundge
Read, save, filter and annotate content from the web — Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube included. (Free and paid versions)

Save My News
Lets journalists save links to the Internet Archive and WebCite. Clips and archived links can be downloaded in Excel.

SugarSync
File backups accessible on all operating systems and platforms. 5 GB free. 60 GB for $10 a month. 

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Timelines

Capzles
Create flexible timelines.

Dipity
Embeddable timeline generator w/photos and text. Sample.

Open Book
Search Facebook public timeline outside Facebook.

Sutori
Create vertical presentation builder,  drag and drop little boxes of content. Built for collaborative efforts. Limited design options. Free.

Time Glider
Create web-based timelines.

TimeLine
Attractive timeline presentations.

TimelineJS
Build visually-rich interactive timelines in 40 languages. It can pull in media from different sources such as Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, SoundCloud, etc.

Xtimeline
Creates timelines.

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Twitter

Also see Social Media

FollowerWonk
Show you when your Twitter follower are online so you can plan accordingly. Analysis by region. But reports can take hours to build. Free but more metrics with paid account.

Free Twitter Designer
Easy-to-use image editor to help you create a professional-looking theme on your Twitter account.

Friend or Follow
Find out who's not following you back on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.

Glisser
Glisser "makes presentations social"  by making slides sharableto audience phones and laptops. Live polling, Twitter feeds and other audience interaction. Free but a paid subscription offers more options.

Kurrently
Search engine for Facebook and Twitter.

ManageFlitter
Finds relevant people for you to follow. Allows you to sort your followers/following lists by how much the people following you tweet, whether they follow you back and if they have a profile picture. Select a group and unfollow with one click so you don't have to unfollow each account individually. Schedule tweets based on when most of your followers are online. Find out who has unfollowed you. Manage multiple Twitter accounts. Track keyword mention. Some features are free but to get the most out of it you need a subscription of $12 a month.

MyTweetSpace
With minimal effort, create a Twitter background, badges, add graphics, play with text. Log in with your Twitter account and it will automatically update your background.

Ninja Outreach
Automated social media outreach to find influencers. 

Plume
App for Twitter users. Customizable options. Free for Android, $3 for iOS.

SocialBro*
Helps businesses manage and monitor their Twitter accounts, discover key influencers, schedule Tweets at the best times, track engagement, and analyze competitors. Free Trial with pricing starting at $13.95. Video explanation.

Topsy
Search content published on Twitter and the web, and sort it by date or relevance. Use it to find influencers in a certain subject area.

Tweet Beep
Get email alerts whenever somebody tweets about something you're interested in--even keep track of who’s tweeting your website or blog, even if they use a shortened URL. Free account available or paid account at $20 a month for more options.  Video explanation here.

Tweet Chart
Allows you to generate a report of custom data for anything you can search Twitter for: hashtags, words, phrases, usernames or URLs. A reporter could determine which hastags were used most frequently in the past week, deciding to, for instance, report on a recent crime spree or a particular local event. Free.

Tweetbot
Mac app with customizable options. View threads showing co-worker tweets only, for example or retweet from multiple accounts. $3.

TweetDeck*
Look at multiple Twitter feeds on your desktop. Powerful filters help you focus on what interests you. Schedule Tweets, set up notification alerts for new tweets. Option to have it ask for confirmation before a tweet goes out--giving you another chance to avoid sending something inappropriate or not well-crafted. Bought by Twitter in 2011.

Tweet Keeper
Save tweets (yours or someone else's) starting with the most recent 3200 tweet, then adds new tweets. Up to eight accounts. $7.99

Tweepi
Cleans up your Tweeter feed--removing inactive followers in bulk and offers other Twitter management chores. From $7.49 a month.

Tweet Level
Allows specific searches for hashtags to determine trends by watching a topic's buzz level or to evaluate the user's social influence. You can also evaluate the buzz around a certain topic to determine if it’s a trend worth paying attention to.

Tweet Reach
Lets you see how far your tweets travel and determine the effectiveness of your social media campaign. How many people your messages reach, how many tweets it took to reach them, how many times your tweets have been shared by retweets. 

Twellow
A directory of Twitter users. Lets you search for people based on their name and the information they put into their bios. Find people with similar interests to follow.

TwitPic
Trending photos and videos on Twitter. CLOSED SEPT 2014.

Twit Scoop
Realtime tag cloud of what is hot on Twitter right now. See what the leading subjects of conversation are on Twitter. Especially helpful whenever there is some big news event taking place.

TwitterBioGenerator
A canned description of you is a mere click away!

Twitter Feed  CLOSED 2016
TwitterFeed to automatically fetch the latest entries from an RSS feed of your blog or website and send them as tweets through your Twitter account.

Twitter Lists 
Tweet list manager (similar to TweetDeck)

Twitter moments
Bundled experiences of Twitter content.

Twitter Search
The search engine for Twitter. See what people are saying about your competitors by to:competitor replacing competitor with Twitter handle.

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Video

Adobe Connect
Video conferencing.

Clips
This Apple app let's you add text, filters, emoji, music, and opaque transition cards to your photos or videos. Intended to be fun, though the menu layout is not entirely intuitive and it does take some time to create. Free.

Cover it Live*
Live blogging. Free.

CuePrompter
Turns your browser into a television telepromoter.

Dextro
App to search for particular feeds on Periscope (a video streaming service).

DownloadPeriscopeVideos
Save video from Periscope.

Ecamm
App that records Facetime audio and video for Mac. Convert your calls into MP3 files for podcasting or easily move the video to YouTube and Vimeo. Allows you to split the audio tracks after a call for easy editing. $29.95.

Final Cut Pro
Video editing program.

Filmic
High definition mobile cam for videography, photography. Lots of bells and whistles probably too much for avarege person or even for what a professional journaist would need. $14.99.

Flixtime
Upload video, pictures and audio for a quick video.

Go! Animate
Make animated videos. A sample here.

Gopano
Create, share and view 360-degree photos and videos with any camera. Free in app store.

Go To Meeting
Video conferencing.

Google Hangouts On Air*
Live streaming platform and automatic HD video capture that allows you to broadcast and record your Hangout to your YouTube channel.

GorillaPod tripod (the big one)*
Joby GripTight PRO. Flexible legs wrap around objects for unlimited angles. 6.6 pounds. Rubber foot grips provide stability on any surface. $59

GorillaPod tripod (the small one)*
Joby GorillaPod flexible tripod (small) and GripTight phone holder. Flexible legs wrap around objects for unlimited angles. Rubber foot grips provide stability on any surface. $35.

Hyperlapse
Instagram’s timelapse video. No audio option.

iMovie*
Two tracks of video and audio for editing on your phone or laptop. Free.

InVID
A free Firefox plugin to debunk fake video news and verify videos and images.

Jing
A free, easy-to-use screen capture application. Snap a screenshot or record a video, save and share.

Meerkat
Live-streaming app that makes broadcasting events easy. Can automatically send a tweet to followers. Alternative to Twitter's Periscope.

Meetings.io
Video meetings. Embeddable.

Meograph*
This is where "video meets infographic." It is a cloud-based interactive-multimedia content creation and curation tool combining maps, timeline, links, and multimedia to tell stories “in context of where and when.” Hand for presenting news stories with a timeline base in creative ways. Doesn't require user skills in coding or multimedia production.

MoviePro App*
video recording app that lets you listen live to your sound, includes manual controls for exposure, focus, and white balance. Shoot stills while recording. Has a built-in single-track video editor. $5.99.

Mozilla's Popcorn Maker
Enhance your videos and audio with content from the rest of the web including text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds

Narrative
Wearable camera that takes a photo or video every minute and creates a video at the end of the day (without using the repetitive shots). No work for the wearer. $199.

One True Media  NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Templates for videos of slideshows.

Quicktime
Use to record video from your webcam and Skype interviews.

Periscope
Live-streaming video app from Twitter. Stores video for 24 hours. Will tweet followers that you are living streaming. More robust than Meerkat.

PromptwarePlus
Turns your iOS device into a professional teleprompter. Free.

Reel Director
Creates movies and lets you edit on phone similar to iMovie. $1.99.

Screenr
Makes screencasts that can be share in social media and seen on computers as well as mobile devices. No downloads. Free.

Scribble Live
Live-streaming. Create, curate and publish content to provide real time coverage and storytelling. Fee.

SpliceApp
A video editing app that works with music, photos, text or video clips. $3.99.

Steadicam Smoothee*
The Smoothee gives you a steady, gliding shot by a balanced weight system that holds your phone on a frictionless ball joint. Simple to use, though the size could interfere with other attachments on you iPhone. $90.

Steller*
Create photo and video stories on an iPhone with an emphasis on mobile design. Create collections and share on social networks. Free. Sample.

Stroome  NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Browser-based video editing.

TimeLapse
Pay site; high quality time-lapse stock footage clips.

TubeMogul
Upload your video and TubeMogul will send it to many social media sites at one time-though you'll have to set up accounts with all the sites on your own.  Tracks viewership.

Ustream*
Desktop broadcasting of live video to the world from a computer or iPhone (or watch thousands of shows).  30 day free trial, then monthly plans from $99 to $999 for pros, top subscription $2k and up.

Vimeo
Video hosting and editing. 

Video Scribe
Create animated videos, replicating the popular whiteboard-style tutorial.  7 day free trial. $16.50 a month.

VideoShop*
Edit video and post directly to Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Available for iPhone and Android (probably the best option for Android. $.1.99.

Videolicious*
App for easy photo and video editing on your iPhone. Free.

Vine
A mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos.

Vokle
Broadcast townhall-style meetings.

Voddio*
Formally 1st video, this editor app gives you two tracks of video and up to four tracks of audio. No lower-thirds option.  Free.

Vyclone
Record a video at the same time and place as another person records it. This app automatically synchs the videos into a single, multi-angle masterpiece. Free in app store. Sample.

YouTube Creator Hub
Resources to help create better video content and bigger audiences. An online community for serious YouTube creators.

Ustream*
Desktop broadcasting of live video to the world from a computer or iPhone (or watch thousands of shows).  30 day free trial, then monthly plans from $99 to $999 for pros, top subscription $2k and up.

WeVideo
Collaborative online and mobile video editing.

Xtranormal
Create animated movies.

Zamzar
Video and audio file converter.

Zeega
Create interactive videos. Free.

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Writing

 1Checker
Mac app that checks your grammar and spelling. Free.

750 Words
A Tracks your progress toward writing 750 words each day. Tracks your writing speed, and how often you get distracted. Free.

After Deadline
A New York Times blog about writing.

After the Deadline*
Checks your story for grammar, spelling and style. Works as a plugin for WordPress blogs, an add-on for the Firefox browser, etc.

Associated Press Stylebook*
The most used reference guide to writing news stories, the AP stylebook is available both in print and online for a small fee.  It can improve general writing as well, especially for its alphabetically organized guide to the use of common and proper nouns.

AutoCrit
Scans your writing and highlights flaws such as repetitive words, overuse of adverbs and use of passive voice. $30 a month.

Better PR Writer
An automated Web tool that scores the writing of your PR press release.  Designed to measure the readability of your press release. There is a less than enthusiastic review here.

Cliche Finder
Just what the title suggests. Free.

Citation Machine
Auto-formatting for citations of research papers

Copyscape
Check for online plagiarism.

Corpus of Contemporary American English
This BYU site includes transcripts of spoken language from radio and television programs and comprises academic writing from a range of disciplines allowing comparison of styles--spoken language vs.written academic language.

Coschedule Headline Analyzer
Analyze your headlines for SEO and share value.

Daily Page
Start a daily writing routine with daily writing prompts. $5 a month or $4 annually.

Day One
Great journaling app for IOS and Mac.  Clean look, syncing, photo imports, passcode, reminders, public publish option. Very organized and easy to navigate.  $4.99.  

Diversity Style Guide
Resource to help media writers nagivate through a "multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity."

Dragon Dictation*
Voice to text app for iOS. Have to finish dictation before seeing the text. Free.

Easybib
Auto-formatting of citations for research papers

EditFlow
Content management system for WordPress providing a snapshot of content with a calendar feature. Advanced draft and pending review feature. User groups to keep writing teams organized. Useful for multi-author websites.

Editorial
Powerful writing program for iPad and iPhone. High learning curves but valuable once you find workflows that suit your purposes. Beautiful inline preview.  $6.99.

EditTeach
Resources for editing professors, students and working professionals to help strengthen the craft of editing and support the work of editors.

EtherPad
Collaborative writing tool. Example here.

Evernote*
Access notes on any computer, tablet or phone. Search function lets you find a note in either text or audio format. Free for iOS and Android.

Expresso*
An app that analyzes your writing, breaking down everything from which words you are using frequently to the number of times parts of speech come up in your writing. See what percentage of sentences are extra-long and which words are filler and which verbs are weak.

Fade In
Script-writing software with similar features to Final Draft without the price tag. Not as many of the extras that come with Final Draft but only $50. Windows, Mac, Linux.

Fargo
An outlining application that runs in your browser but stores your files in Dropbox. Build hierarchies, ideas branching off ideas. Users can hide parts of outlines as you’re working, to keep the document manageable. Elements can be moved to other programs for slide presentations, to create sections of a research paper, or as blog posts. Outlines can be dropped inside other outlines.

Final Draft
Industry standard for writing screenplays on both Windows and Mac. Notes section for keeping track of characters, special scene view to get an overview, index card system for summaries, etc. $250.

Flip Text
Flip text.  Use it on Facebook or Twitter. Free.

FocusWriter
App for distraction-free writing. A blank canvas to write on--and nothing else. Includes timers, stats, alarms, goals setting, etc. Free.

the Freelance Effect Writing Tools
60 Formidable Tools & Resources to Improve Your Writing

Gender Guesser
Cut and paste some of your writing into the the Gender Guesser and it will tell you whether you are male or female based on the writing tendencies of each.

the Grading Game*
App for practicing your editing skills and win points. Avail at the App Store.

Ginger
Writing tool that works as grammar checker, sentence rephraser, translator, dictionary and text reader. Free.

Grammar Girl
Writing Tips from a grammarian.

Grammarly
Automated proofreader and personal grammar coach.

Hackpad
Edit, organize and share documents. Sample.

Hemingway App*
The Hemingway app is designed to make you a better writer by highlighting problems in your writing. Goal is to make more direct and active--more Hemingway-ey, as the Washington Post proclaims. Just paste your text into the app and it will highlight hard to read sentences, adverbs, complex phrases, and passive voice.  Color coordinated highlighting. Click on these words to see the suggested alternatives.  Word count, readability grade, etc.  $6.99.

HubSpot's Blog Topic Generator
Instagram’s Just write three nouns related to the topic that you'd like to blog about and this site will offer ideas.

Lexicon Valley
Slate's grammar podcasts.

Limpert's About Editing and Writing Blog
A blog about how editors and writers do their work by Jack Limert was editor of the The Washingtonian for more than 40 years.

Medium
Created by Twitter co-founders to support good writing. Clean design and easy-to-use interface. For those who want to write but don’t want to maintain a blog or website. Intended to be a place where smart people plant their thoughts.  Share a draft of a post with friends who can make comments as marginal notes (rather than at the end of a post). Free, but Twitter account is required. No custom domains or customization.

Marked 2
Tools for writers including word counts, document stats, highlights repeated words.  Mac only.  $9.99.

oDesk
Hire an experienced proofreader based on an hourly rate (typically one hour for every 5000 words).

Online Etymology Dictionary
Gives you the history and derivation of any word. Free.

Overview
Developed at the Associated Press, Overview analyzes the complete text of every document, extracting keywords and sorting documents into categories and sub-categories.

PaperRater
Grammar, plagiarism, and spell checker. Mostly free but $7.50 per month for all features.

Phraseology
iPad writing ap. Like Hemingway, it includes syntax highlighting, statistical tools, readability scores, and root word breakdowns.

Power Thesaurus 
Crowdsourced thesaurus. 

Proofread Bot
Shows your mistakes and what areas of your writing that could be strengthened. The more words reviewed, the greater the cost starting at $5 for 20,000 words.  

Purdue Writing Lab
Writing and formatting help.

Readability Score
Cut and paste your text into a dialogue box to see the writing's grade level. Free, but for any contribution you get access to more advanced tools like readability alerts, PDF and Word doc processing and bulk uploads. TextEvaluator offers more feedback on the text.

RedNotebook
Journaling app. Simple, quick to start. Easily search through old journals. Calendar navigation, customizable templates, export functionality. Free. 

Rhymer
Free rhyming dictionary.

Scrivener*
App that gives you a single place to dump all your ideas--especially for creating and managing complex writing projects, whether you're trying to write a novel, play, TV show, or magazine feature. Write in fragments and then shuffle scenes and chapters around in a bulletin board mode, and collect research notes, multimedia files, and character sketches.  Allows you to slowly "grow” books, scripts, and articles. Easily converting the document to an e-book, web page, a PDF for print, or a Word doc. Works with the Mac and Windows.  Free 30-use trial. $45 for the latest version-many writers swear it's worth it. Doesn't work on iPads though.

SEOmov
SEO writing tips.

Slickwrite
Writing app that checks grammar along with flow, structure, word frequency, and overused phrases.

SMOVE smartphone Video Stabilizer
This smartphone stabilizer that doubles as a charger. Portable, fits in your pocket. $200. 

Svbtle
Writing platform. Minimalist interface. Encourages reader response.

TextEvaluator
Like Readability Score, it will tell you what grade level a piece of text is written on, the average length of sentences, etc.  But TextEvaluator goes further, including grammatical complexity, insights on vocabulary, etc.

TextExpander
Mac typing shortcut. Takes snippets of text and turns them into longer ones. Ideas for how to use it here. $44.95.

TextGrabber*
Extracts text from a variety of printed sources (PDF, books, etc.) by using the iPhone camera. Can translate text from many languages. $4.99.

Tone Analyzer
Linguistic analysis detects the emotional tone of your writing. Detect the levels of particular emotions it triggers and language style. Free.

Trelby
Free script-writing alternative to Final Draft and Fade In. Enough features to get you started.

TV Tropes
Fiction writing help through examination of storytelling devices in creative works.

Ulysses
Writing app for Mac. Uses plain text or Markdown for writing, but also includes notes, exporting, organization and more. $44.99.

Word Counter*
Cut and paste your document (or just type) to see how many words, characters, and sentences you are using. It shows what words are overused, the average number of words in your sentences, and the reading level you are writing at. Free.

Word Frequency Counter
See how often you use (and overuse) words and phrases in your writing.

WordRates
Yelp for freelancing journalists where writers share pay rates (particularly for magazines).

Writefull
Checks your text against a huge database of correct language. Use it to find language you might not have considered. A desktop app that works with emails, Word docs, etc. Free. 

 Yoast SEO
A WordPress plugin to work SEO into your writing,

 

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