Category Archives: Tools for Journalists

Warnings From Recent History About Facebook’s Threat to Democracy

One way to get some perspective on the news Facebook has been part of this week – the whistleblower testimony, and the outage on Monday – is to take a…

Frontline’s Interactive Library Grows: Voices on America Post-9/11

The PBS Frontline library of interactive transcript source interviews has gotten bigger – we added 35 interviews from the Frontline documentary America after 9/11, which aired on September 7. As…

Short Text Update: Learning 2,000 Words

Here’s an update on my Short Text project. Short text is a way to use one or two letters plus one or two letters for endings rather than spelling words…

The Faces, Voices and Gestures Behind the Print Quotes

I’ve written fairly extensively about the interactive interviews I’ve been helping PBS Frontline with. The latest example is a pair of interactive videos in the mix of the Frontline documentary…

More Insight From Frontline Source Interviews

PBS Frontline’s Transparency Project, which publishes Frontline documentary source interviews, contains more than 300 interactive interviews. Over the past few months I’ve helped add source interviews from two more documentaries:…

A Bit of Insight Into Trump’s Risk-Taking

There have been a couple of news stories this week that bear on how President Trump deals with risk. The New York Times’s stories about Trump’s taxes show how he…

The Choice Quotes

I spent the past couple of weeks working with PBS Frontline to add another 47 interactive interviews to their growing ecosystem of source interviews from Frontline documentaries. We’ve been building…

Introducing Short Text

I’ve been working on a project for the past year or so that has to do with efficient silent input. When I use a computer to write, I use speech…

How to Take Notes, Organize Them, Grab Screenshots, Capture Transcripts and Still Pay Attention during Online Meetings

As online meetings, webinars, and online conferences become increasingly common, I’m finding that some tools I’ve used for other purposes are really good for taking notes online. The key to…

Trump’s Showdown Goes Interactive

I’ve written previously about PBS Frontline’s Putin Files, which are interactive transcripts of all the source interviews that went into the documentary Putin’s Revenge. The source interviews are shareable by…