Resources

This resource page will be updated with new tools, guides, videos, and other useful items for Student Media. Additionally, the Student Leader Resource Center website is an excellent general resource for students in SALP.

Tools

Journalism

  • For a vast array of journalistic resources, explore the Journalist's Toolbox website. For numerous resources related to multimeida journalism, visit the KDMC-Berkeley site.
  • Five tools for mining public records.
  • Muck Rack lets you know which stories are trending among journalists, as well as which journalists and bloggers shared your links.
  • Data.gov has the U.S. government's publicly open data.
  • Foundation Center provides information about donations.
  • Wayback Machine lets you see archived websites so you can see what was there at different times.
  • SecureDrop lets sources securely communicate with the media.

Data Visualization

  • Infogr.am lets you make interactive graphics.
  • Word Clouds lets you generate word clouds from text.

Writing

  • Scrivener helps you organize large projects such as a thesis, novel, investigative report, etc.
  • You can use the Character Name Generator if you need help coming up with names for your creative works.
  • If you want to blog regularly, but need help coming up with ideas, you can use the Blog Topic Generator.
  • Thsrs lets you take long words and get a list of shorter words for tighter writing style.

Photo

  • Enlight let's you edit creative photos on your phone.
  • You can use iWatermark on iOS and Android if you're concerned about your photos being used without permission.
  • Thinglink lets you create interactive photos.

Video

  • Videolicious lets you quickly create edited videos from your phone.
  • Eyefi is a memory card that lets you transfer files from your camera via wifi.

Audio

  • You can transcribe audio and video using oTranscribe.
  • Tapeacall lets you record phone conversations. Be sure to check your state's laws regarding consent, and consider the ethics of making the recording even if it is legal without consent.

Design

  • Piktochart and Easel.ly help you make infographics quickly by dragging, clicking, and editing without any graphic design experience.
  • Canva lets you create a variety of visual items.
  • Adobe Kuler lets you create and explore color palettes.
  • GIMP is a free image editor similar to Adobe Photoshop.
  • Inkscape is a free vector program similar to Adobe Illustrator.
  • Google Fonts provides users with free web fonts.

Websites

  • Themeforest lets you find website templates for starting up or updating a website.
  • Google Maps API lets you create custom maps for different devices.

Virtual Reality

Social Media

  • TweetDeck lets you organize your tweets and set up an automatic posting schedule.
  • Periscope lets you live-stream video on your Twitter account.
  • Iconosqure provides metrics on you Instagram account.
  • Tagdef lets you make sense of popular hashtags.
  • Followerwonk lets you analyze your Twitter followers patterns.

Game Development

  • Scratch let's you easily program animations, games and interactive content.
  • Unity is a free and open-source game engine that many professionals use to build video games.

Utilities

Guides

Reporter's Starter Pack

Audio Interviewing Tips

Fact-Checking Tips

Caption Tips (from Greg Lewis of Fresno State)

Investigative Reporting

Media Law

Media Ethics

Writing

  • Grammarbook is a great source for learning various grammatical rules, presented with examples.
  • Ira Glass on storytelling.
  • Famous writers give advice about writing.
  • 22 rules of storytelling from a Pixar artist.
  • Better Novel Project analyzes common threads among some of the most popular stories and offers tips.
  • Monty Python’s John Cleese offers some advice on how to be more creative.

Photo

Video

  • To make better videos, avoid these 10 common mistakes.
  • A guide to different types of shots.
  • How to shoot b-roll to add variety to your videos.

Design

  • Some guiding principles behind good logo design.
  • 52 Weeks of UX discusses designing products for people.

Social Media

Webs Development

  • Codeacademy provides free interactive courses on multiple programming languages and frameworks.
  • Find tutorials, references and examples for HTML, CSS, Javascript and more on w3schools.com.
  • Ask and find answers to your web development questions Stack Overflow.
  • Cybrary has free and open source courses on cyber security, IT and more.
  • Knowing how people actually view websites can help you more effectively present content.

Critical Thinking

Jobs

Portland Jobs

Broadcasting

  • TBD

Journalism

  • Journalists can explore journalismjobs.com.
  • The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Assoication lists jobs (journalistic and non-journalistic) that support regional newspapers in the Northwest.

Creative

  • Portland Creative List has a jobs board for various types of creative work such as writing, designing, photography, etc.

Academia

General

  • PSU Advising and Career Services is a great place to start on campus.
  • WorkSource Oregon helps people find jobs and improve career skills. Its related site, TrainOregon, lets you develop skills online by using different practice modules, culminating in certifications in such areas as typing, Microsoft applications, etc.
  • Learn How to Become offers its listing of the 15 best job search sites.
  • Monster.com has job listings and a number of useful tools related to effective job hunting, such as finding out the value of your job in the marketplace so you can negotiate more effectively.
  • LinkedIn is a professional networking site.
  • Glassdoor lets you see and post annonymous infomration about institutions and their management.
  • Visualize.me lets you graphically enhance your resume.