I often describe NewsLab as a resource for journalists. The tips, research and background on this site are free for anyone to use. I lead training programs for journalists for a reasonable fee, which goes toward keeping the site (and me) going. But another way of thinking about NewsLab is as a toolkit for journalists, with an emphasis on reporting, multimedia, technology and ethics–if our tag cloud is any guide. Whatever you call it, NewsLab has a lot to offer and we’re not the only ones saying so. SPJ’s Campus Copy blog has just listed NewsLab as one of the 20 best online toolkits for journalists. High praise, indeed.
Others in the top 20 include big hitters like Poynter and IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors), as well as SPJ’s own website and its Journalist’s Toolbox. Media Bistro and its associated site 10,000 Words are on the list as well. All of them are well worth bookmarking and visiting often.
I hope you’ll come back to the NewsLab site as well, even if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook. More importantly, I hope you’ll let me know what resources we can provide that you haven’t already found on the site. What do you struggle with? What kinds of tips and tools do you find most useful? As the character Jerry Maguire says in the movie of the same name, “Help me help you!”