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#Tip of the day for journalists: Using Facebook to find stories

Storyful, a service that partners with media companies to aggregate and verify news from social networks, has a guide to Facebook for journalists.

The blog post by editor Fiona McCann explains how journalists can use Facebook’s own search facility, and recommends a tool for anyone who is not logged into a Facebook account.

The post explains how to search public posts by ‘group’, ‘people’ and ‘pages’ within Facebook, and shows how to click on ‘see more results’ to bring up “a host of search filters”.

McCann also recommends Open Status Search [formerly known as Open Facebook Search] and has another great tip:

Open Status Search also offers a ‘get embed code’ button which offers the easily-copied html code for embedding a particular search on your own site, with options to customise width, height and number of search items displayed.

Read the full Storyful blog post.

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Tool of the week for journalists: Story Wheel, for easy audio slideshows

Tool of the week: Story Wheel

What is it? An easy audio slideshow tool using Instagram and SoundCloud

How is it of use to journalists? If you are a journalist who regularly uses Instagram to share photos, here is a tool that will allow you turn the images into a story.

Go to the Story Wheel site, connect your Instagram account, click the pictures you want to use and then record audio, hitting the space bar every time you want the picture to change to the next in your selection.

An audio slideshow takes just minutes to make and is a quicker option than using tools such as Soundslides.

Although you can’t embed the audio slideshow, it does offer journalists a great way of telling a story around their images and sharing via social media.

You can see examples of Instagram audio slideshows on the Story Wheel site.

According to the Story Wheel site, the tool come out of a hack day. It was built using the SoundCloud api for the audio part and is now part of SoundCloud Labs.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Take a look at this list of tech and tools

The Web Journalist Blog has a “quite random selection of tools and technology to inspire, invoke and maybe innovate” web journalism.

It’s worth taking a look at the handy list of tools to see how many of them you are aware of.

Tipster: Marc Blank-Settle

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SoundCloud adds trim and edit features to its apps

September 21st, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Handy tools and technology

SoundCloud has updated its iPhone, iPad and Android apps adding some really useful features for journalists.

Users can now trim and edit a recording, deleting any mistakes before uploading the audio. The app also now allows pause and resume during recording and has a fade in and fade out option.


Third-party recording apps are also available that work with SoundCloud.

In a release, the audio recording and sharing platform said it now has 20 million registered users.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Five pointers on iPhone video

Here are two videos shot on an iPhone with tips on making smartphone films look professional.

It is worth watching both videos with tips including:

1. Use an app that gives you more manual control than the standard iPhone video app. The video suggests Filmic Pro (£2.49), a previous app of the week. The second video (at the link above) demonstrates the importance of white balance.

2. Use studio lightening – or light your subject with a second iPhone.

3. Use a second iPhone to record the audio. The video suggests the standard voice memo app.

4. Use a tripod (the second video recommends three options).

5. Get creative. This includes using a dolly and filters in Final Cut. The film also warns against using the iPhone’s own zoom.

Videos recommended by @dragilev.

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App of the week for journalists: Prismatic, for filtering social news

App of the week: Prismatic

Phones: iPhone

Cost: free

What is it? A social newsreader app that lets you see and respond to tweets about a news story.

How is it of use to journalists? Prismatic gives journalists a way of filtering and personalising news feeds on an iPhone. has highlighted several social newsreaders in ‘app of the week’ including Flipboard and Zite.

As with other social newsreader apps (there’s a list of 10 here), Prismatic asks users to connect one or more accounts, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader. You can also set your location to gather news feeds from your area.

Prismatic then mashes the news sources, delivering a personalised news feed.


One feature that helps Prismatic stand out from the crowd of other social news reader apps is that you are able to see a few tweets at the bottom of a news story (see the picture above right). And in addition to reading the tweets, you can reply or retweet from within the app.

Once you have created an account you can also view your feeds on a desktop.

Hat tip: ReadWriteWeb, which has a feature on Prismatic, which explains ‘how to filter the social web on your mobile‘.

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#Podcast – What journalists should know about is a Twitter-like microblogging service and open platform which launched earlier this month.

Users pay $50 a year to be members and in return they get the guarantee that the platform will always be open and it will never have advertising.

You can read more about what it could mean for journalists and news outlets in our Q&A with founder and chief executive of Dalton Caldwell.

In this podcast technology editor Sarah Marshall looks at what journalists should know about

The podcast hears from:

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.


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Tool of the week for journalists: Tagboard, for searching social networks (including

Tool of the week: Tagboard

What is it? A tool for searching social networks, including recently launched

How is it of use to journalists? Tagboard is still being built but an early version is available. Enter a hashtag and you can search across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and

You do not have to be members of the networks to search. was launched last month as a Twitter-like social network but one that is ad-free and fully open to developers to create apps. You can see the global feed of all conversations taking place on at this link.

In order to build the network without later selling advertising, charges users $50 per year. It’s still in its early stages but developers are busy working on third-party apps (such as Tagboard).

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App of the week for journalists: Njuice, for surfacing trending news stories

App of the week: Njuice

Phones: iPhone, iPad, web (and soon-to-be on Android)

Cost: Free

What is it? Njuice is an app and website that allows you to see what stories are trending on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks

How is it of use to journalists? Njuice is a social reader for surfacing trending stories in real-time. The app displays the story and an orange triangle tells you how many times the story has been shared.


Where Njuice differs from social readers such as Flipboard, Zite and Pulse is that Njuice focusses on what is trending.

And where the beauty of other social newsreaders is personalisation, journalists can select Njuice to see what stories are trending globally, stories which they may not learn about in apps delivering personalised content.

There are some personalisation options in Njuice, with options to follow categories such as “technology” and “world news”, but one of the strengths of the app is to see what is trending overall.

(Incidentally the most shared story, with more than 27,000 shares, was TMZ’s post of Prince Harry’s Vegas photos, so we didn’t include the “top news” screengrab).

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App of the week for journalists: Vodio, ‘Flipboard for video’

App of the week: Vodio

Devices: iPhone, iPad

Cost: Free

What is it? An app that uses your Twitter, Facebook and YouTube feeds to give you a mash-up of videos. Like Flipboard, but for video. It was released on iPad in January and has just been released for iPhone.

How is it of use to journalists? Vodio (not to be confused with Voddio) provides a selection of videos shared by your Twitter and Facebook connections, adds films from channels you follow on YouTube, plus allows you to select categories within the app (such as ‘tech’, ‘apps’ etc).

Scroll horizontally and you are delivered videos from the different ‘channels’ (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) and a vertical swipe displays the videos. Turning the device on its side allows you to view videos full screen.

It is like Flipboard, an app that displays articles (and audio) based on your social networks. And in the same way that Flipboard provides and easy, lean-back way for journalists to follow sources, so does Vodio.

Reviews: Vodio gets 4.5 stars in the iTunes App Store.

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Hat tip: Mashable

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