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Whether the beat is public safety, politics or business, reporters frequently run into the same challenges when trying to find relevant data, create clear analyses or find needles in the proverbial social media haystack. Solving those problems can be time-consuming and even inefficient – but it doesn’t have to be.
Here’s a look at some tools to help solve these problems that you can put to use in your newsroom right away, no matter what your beat. We’ll look at real-world reporting situations, with hands-on instruction in platforms that can accelerate your reporting.
Censusreporter.org is a tool developed especially for reporters who need the easiest and fastest way to find and acquire census data tailored for their project. Censusreporter makes it easy to look at a variety of census topics like ethnicity, income, education, veteran status, home-ownership, commuting patterns, health care coverage and more – using just about any geography you can think of.
This newly revamped online mapping platform has created the easiest way to display, layer and even perform analyses formerly reserved for expensive and complex GIS software in an online format. You can use data downloaded from censusreporter.com to create insightful maps that can be used for internal newsroom research or published multimedia elements.
3. Facebook Search
Then there’s Facebook Search. You can hack the search function to more
Read more here: http://mediashift.org/2017/10/tech-tools-turbocharge-reporting/