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#Tip: 4 tools to ‘take back your time’

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Image by Earls37A on Flickr. Some rights reserved

The Muck Rack blog has published a list of three tools to help you “take back your time“.

Are all the hours you’re spending on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Buzzfeed really just to do your job better?

In general, the internet takes more of your time than you care to admit. And, to make matters even more complicated, as writers and communicators, we tend to spend more time online than those in other professions.

The tools Muck Rack recommends are ManicTimeRescueTime and Tictrac. You can read more about them here.

We’re adding a fourth to the list of tools: Freedom, which turns off the internet.

Freedom enforces freedom; you’ll need to reboot if you want to get back online while Freedom’s running. The hassle of rebooting means you’re less likely to cheat, letting you focus on work.

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Tool of the week for journalists: Muck Rack

Tool of the week: Muck Rack

What is it? A site that aggregates Twitter and social media feeds for thousands of professional journalists.

How is it of use to journalists? Journalists often break or share vital information first through social media. Muck Rack allows you to monitor trending topics among journalists in real-time. Its aim, according to Muck Rack’s creators, is to deliver “tomorrow’s newspaper to you today”.

Launched in 2009, Muck Rack now draws content from thousands of journalists who use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other sources to break news on a daily basis.

Built around a central directory of verified professionals, Muck Rack now boasts an extensive directory of top journalists from around the world which can be searched by name, publication or even beat.

Professionals only need a valid Twitter account to apply for verification, although the process is heavily vetted to ensure certain standards are met such as relevance of tweets or posts and consistent activity.

The site also emails out a daily analysis of what journalists are saying called the Muck Rack Daily, which is pored over by its editorial team.

Muck Rack dovetails well with previous tool of the week Press Pass, which organises journalists by beat, media outlet or region.

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#Tip of the day from – find tweeting journalists

September 2nd, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Twitter: Try using Muckrack to find good journalists to follow on Twitter – compiled from a variety of organisations. Tipster: Judith Townend.

To submit a tip to, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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