Free journalism training resources

Today I wanted to share a few training opportunities that I’ve come across. Many require is the investment of an hour of your time — and they could pay off bigtime if they lead to new ways to engage, inform and delight readers with your storytelling.



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Scribblelive is a real-time journalism tool used in many newsrooms around the world. I find it to be pretty intuitive, and I’ve trained many journalists in a relatively short time.

Many reporters and editors are familiar with ScribbleLive, but may want a refresher course. Others might want some inspiration to take it to the next level. Newbie or advanced users can get guidance from the experts, by signing up for free online tutorials held regularly through ScribbleLive U. Classes take place pretty much every week and include Basic Training, Advanced Training and Live Chats/Q & As. Got a beat? Check out training in Arts & Entertainment, Politics and Breaking News.  All classes are beamed from the Toronto office to your computer. Register here

Free Poynter Digital Tools:

Here are several free replays of previous webinars presented by Poynter and American Press Institute, which you can watch at your leisure:

 * How to use DocumentCloud, a free tool used to analyze, annotate and publish primary source documents. 

* How to mine documents with Overview, a free tool for journalists that automatically organizes a large set o

* Content Curation and Creation with Spundge, a curation service used by many newsrooms.f documents by topic, and displays them in an interactive visualization for exploration, tagging, and reporting. 

* How to make an easy interactive map with Meograph, a “4-dimension” mapping tool that allows you to add audio voiceover, video, photos, words and links to a custom-made map – no coding needed!

* Interactive Storytelling with Zeega, “an open-source HTML5 platform for inventing new forms of interactive storytelling.” This often takes the form of slideshows that incorporate photo, videos/gifs, text and music. ( for examples)  

UPCOMING: And you can sign up for a free Sept. 12 webinar on RebelMouse, which among other things allows you to easily manage and organize your online presence (Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, etc.) into a social site. (Great for those who want to grow their brand!) Check out my RebelMouse page hereBy the way, Poynter has thousands of free or cheap self-guided online tutorials available whenever you are.

Other Resources: has a great training section. Like Poynter, many of the courses cost money, but there are also free reviews of useful apps and how-to career guides with advice from established journalists.

One particularly useful primer: The 22 tools and apps every journalism student should know about. is a great Canadian journalism resource that features an “Education & Research” area along with news, opinions and advice for and by Canadian scribes. J-Schoolers may be particularly interested in the Students’ Toolbox feature in the Students’ Lounge area.

Canadian Association of Journalists, a group near and dear to my heart, has useful primers on ethics, news on advocacy and a wide assortment of new and archived live chats. (Disclosure: I am the Community Manager for CAJ.)

What have I missed? What great training resources do you and your team use? Please share in the comments area. 

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