Four tools journalists should check out

by Jefferson Mok Every year since 2012, the Media Party, organized by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman and Hacks/Hackers-Buenos Aires, showcased the latest digital and data-driven technologies.

The 2015 Media Party did not disappoint.

ICFJ's staff scouted the event, attended by over 1600 media professionals and enthusiasts, and rounded up these exciting digital tools, some of which are already available and some that should be in newsrooms and users' toolkits in the coming months.

What we especially liked about these tools is that they are all open source, letting journalists take advantage of these tools without much coding knowledge.

Vox Media’s Autotune

Autotune is a web interface that houses blueprints for certain content types like quizzes, charts, sliders and more.


Twine is a tool for creating interactive stories that let the reader dictate the narrative path. So think “choose your own adventure” in news game form.

Sourcefabric’s Superdesk

A fully customizable workflow management tool that will let editors and digital journalists create content, collaborate across teams, dip into coding libraries, find channels for news delivery and more all on one publication system.

Mapa de Medios Argentina

Co-created by ICFJ Knight Fellow Miguel Paz, Mapa de Medios builds on Paz’s work to increase transparency in Latin America through Poderopedia, which tracks relationships between powerful figures. Mapa de Medios Argentina will create a comprehensive database of media organizations to show what content they produce, how they are regulated and what persons of influence are connected to their work.