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.

4 May 2011

Keepstream is a social media curation tool that enables you to take tweets and Facebook status updates, and organise them into aggregated, sharable collections. That way, instead of having important tweets drop out of people’s Twitter feeds the moment the get displaced by other updates, you can ‘keep’ streams of social media content you might be reporting on.

Keepstream's homepage

27 April 2011

Scribd is a document sharing website which has been described as the YouTube for documents.

Scribd allows you to upload documents onto its servers, and converts them into web pages so that they can be easily viewed and shared by others. Rather than having to download files in order to read them, it enables you to conveniently peruse documents using your browser, smartphone, eReader or tablet device.

Scribd's homepage
Scribd's homepage

20 April 2011

Google Docs is a free software suite for your browser which includes tools for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. While each of these tools don’t have as much depth as their Microsoft equivalents, Google Docs does has some notable advantages.

Google Docs main page

13 April 2011

Social media is becoming an increasingly integral to journalists. Journalists are using it both as a broadcasting tool and to connect and interact with audiences. However, social media is also becoming a useful newsgathering resource. People are using Twitter to record eyewitness accounts of events, post their photos and to make their opinions known. But against all the white noise, it can be hard to pick out the best social media updates and mould them into a usable form.

Storify allows you to easily pluck out web content including tweets, Facebook status updates, Flickr photos and YouTube videos, and then organise them into a single aggregated story. With all the disparate content that is posted to social networks, it is an excellent way to bring all this information together and craft a clear narrative around it - storifying it, in other words. 

Storify's main page

28 March 2011

It’s not always easy to read huge slabs of text online. Staring at words on a flickering computer screen for hours on end causes headaches, the text is never as readable as what you would find on a printed page, links to other stories dotted around the website are a constant distraction and intrusive display ads arrogantly break the flow of what you are trying to read.

Fortunately, Readability is a simple and easy to use tool that makes reading articles online more enjoyable. It works by blocking out this background noise and ensuring that you won’t have to squint in order to read what’s on your screen.  


28 March 2011

A Question and Answer tool that is growing rapidly, and which is perfect for getting expert opinion or observing all sides of a debate.