Try It Tuesday: Riddle

The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. 

15. Riddle.com

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Where: www.riddle.com

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Try It Tuesday: TinyLetter

The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. 

14. Tinyletter.com

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Where: www.tinyletter.com

What: Tinyletter is an effortlessly simple tool to use if you want to start sending email newsletters to your readers. And it’s free.

Why: The growth of mobile has led to a rebirth for email. Long predicted to die at the hands of social media, the truth is quite the opposite.

And for journalists, that provides a chance to connect directly with readers. Many publishers already do this very well – the Daily Telegraph’s daily politics email is a great example of an email which is personal in tone, but reaching a wide audience.

TinyLetter offers a simple way to produce stylish newsletters, and offers up a basic, but very good, sign up screen. It provides basic metric to monitor who opens it and what gets clicked on.

In short, a great way for journalists to attract people to content around their beat or specialism through a regular, hand-crafted digest.

Try it Tuesday: Loci

The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. 

13. Loci

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Try it Tuesday: Recenttraintimes

The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. 

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12. Recenttraintimes.co.uk

Where? www.recenttraintimes.co.uk

What? Recenttraintimes makes use of the Network Rail API to record details of how reliable train services across the country are.

Why? Stories about train cancellations and associated problems are always talking points for readers, but freely-available data is often only available at operator level, making it almost useless for any publication not covering an entire region.

This tool lets you pick the train journeys you are interested in and see, amongst other things, what % are more than five minutes late, the average arrival time of the service in relation to when it was due to arrive, and how late it has run recently. It will also tell you how often services are cancelled and, for real data geeks, give you the choice of averages to focus on.

A great example of what open data can achieve – and a mine of stories waiting to be discovered.

Try it Tuesday: Nutshellmail

The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. 

11. NutshellMail

Where? www.nutshellmail.com

What? NutshellMail is an email alert service which sends you an update of all the activity on Facebook pages you manage.

Why? Keeping on top of Facebook accounts, especially large ones, can be a challenge. It’s easy for interactions to be missed.

NutshellMail plugs into your Facebook account and sends you emails as often as you want letting you know what is being said and where, and by who.

Why not just log into Facebook to check? Well, in an ideal world you would, but NutshellMail makes it possible to see everything in one place.

Try It Tuesday: Ground Signal

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The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. 

10. Ground Signal

Where? www.groundsignal.com

What? Ground Signal is a mapping tool which allows you track all social media activity which is geo-located within an area you define

Why? There are a variety of tools on the market which allow you to do this, but some come at significant cost. Ground Signal stands out because  it has a free option, and a pro option which is a matter of dollars a month.

Once you’ve set out the area you want to monitor, you can watch it live – so great for a breaking news story – or you can receive updates daily or weekly on email, making it very handy for beat reporters, for example, council reporters wanting to keep an eye on anything around the local town hall.

Try It Tuesday: Find My Seat and other useful election tools

The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. 

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7. Find My Seat

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