In this section, the Melbourne Press Club provides a guide with links to some of the most useful web sites in the world to help members become better journalists, connect with their colleagues in Australia and around the world and tune into the debate on professional issues.

These listings are divided into six categories: journalism tools, journalism associations, journalism education, awards, news sites and quotes.

We are also highlighting a useful journalism resource every week in our new 'Top Tools' feature.

22 January 2013

The Victorian Government Department of Human Services has developed new media guidelines, Reporting It Right, to assist journalists and communications professionals in reporting appropriately and sensitively on people with a disability.

Report it Right website preview

17 April 2012 is a new online directory connecting journalists to more than 100 senior Australian business leaders who are willing to provide media comment.

Women for Media

28 September 2011

Whois is a simple tool to help you find out who owns a website.

Whois's homepage

21 September 2011

Qik is useful video sharing app for smart phones. It lets you upload and share videos recorded from your iPhone, Android phone or Blackberry with ease.

Qik's homepage

24 August 2011

We’ve profiled a number of useful online journalism resources over the last few months, but there often isn’t space here to give each one more than a short introduction. Many of these tools have a bit of a learning curve and require you to invest a fair amount of time in them before you can use them effectively.


As always, the best approach is to jump in and test them out, but if you’re time poor or would like some assistance to ease you in, BBC social media consultant Claire Wardle’s training resources will help you get started. Her training handouts and screencasts have been designed with journalists in mind and give a detailed overview of many useful journalism tools.

17 August 2011

SoundNote is a combined sound recording and note-taking tool for the iPad that makes it easy to find the most important parts of recorded interviews or speeches.

SoundNote's homepage

10 August 2011

Facebook and Twitter are the two dominant names in social media, and we’ve already covered how journalists can use Facebook and how newsrooms can use Twitter. 

But with the arrival of Google+, Google’s latest foray into social media, these two giants could be facing their first credible challenger. Just over a month after launching, Google+ has already amassed over 25 million users and is gaining more users daily. 

While it might be a bit early to be predicting what sort of staying power Google+ will have, it no doubt has potential as a tool for journalists.

Google+'s homepage

3 August 2011

Instapaper is a time shifted reading platform that allows you to save interesting articles and read them later.

Instapaper's homepage

It is a perfect resource for times when you stumble across an online article you would like to read but don't have the time. Rather than bookmarking the article and going back to it the next time you are on your computer, Instapaper lets you save a copy to its servers to retrieve later. And if you have a smartphone, iPad or Kindle, you can then read saved articles on these devices, irrespective of whether you currently have a Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

27 July 2011 is a bookmarking tool that lets you extract links you have shared on social networks and turn them into an easily searchable archive. homepage

20 July 2011

Facebook and Journalists is a useful resource for anyone who wants to use Facebook to aid their reporting. The Facebook page, which was launched by Facebook employees earlier this year, provides a wealth of information directly to your Facebook news feed.  

Facebook and Journalists