In this digital age, you don’t need an exorbitantly priced program to become a top-tier journalist. Not every person can afford the Adobe Creative Suites, but that does not mean that you should abandon multimedia journalism. The web is crammed with Adobe alternatives and other programs that fit perfectly well in a journalist’s toolkit.
Some of these tools are available free of charge and keep the journalist current with every new info. Others enhance the journalist’s security and privacy by concealing their trails. In this roundup, we will introduce you to the best journalistic software so can stay on top of the game as a journalist.
Best Free and Paid Journalistic Software
Grammarly is probably the best-known program for writing. Its browser plugin corrects grammar mistakes and bad phrasing. It is extremely helpful when you need to recheck a text written very quickly or when you need to edit somebody’s work. It also provides you synonyms so you could diversify your texts.
This tool is the first in the list as a journalist needs, first of all, to write something from time to time and when this needs to be done in a short time – Grammarly is his best friend. It is not so complicated to use it – Install it on your browser, restart the browser and you will have access to the best grammar-checking program available for free.
With the advent of Adobe Photoshop image editing software, it can be very hard to determine whether an image is real. As a journalist, it’s of paramount importance that all images be real and credible. And since some social media fanatics are very good at making up rumors and manipulating photos, a tool like TinEye becomes indispensable in a journalist’s toolkit. TinEye scours the web and tells you where the image was first published. So if you are not sure whether the image you have is for that mysterious animal that was caught in the sea, TinEye can help you figure it out. The tool is free to use for non-commercial purposes.
Experts have said that ‘Journalisms future could depend on Tor security’. Truth is that there is so much information that you give out when online without knowing it. To protect your privacy, it’s advisable to use Tor browser. Tor which stands for ‘The Onion Router’ is a protocol that lets you hide your location, IP address, and any other data that might be used to identify you. As a journalist, you will need the Tor browser to research state propaganda and to file stories with non-state controlled media without having to worry about the consequences of digging too deep as Tor will keep your identity anonymous.
Journalists are adept researchers, and any tool that widens the journalist’s angle of research can prove to be very useful. And that’s what Echosec does. Echosec is a journalistic software that can be used to search for geolocated posts on social media. This amazing tool lets you draw a shape around a certain geographical area on a map and the software scans for what is trending and displays all the tweets that have been posted to that location within a certain period of time. And when you subscribe to the premium package, the tool further widens the scan to include YouTube videos and news posted in other social platforms within that region.
FiLMiC Pro is a mobile app that allows journalists to shoot videos like a pro. The app allows journalists to shoot videos with manual controls like white balance, exposure, and focus. This app brings the high-end features you find in digital cameras right to your smartphone. You can even monitor your audio levels using headphones and also shoot at various frame rates. FiLMiC Pro supports favorites like Facebook, Pinterest, Vimeo, iMovie, Dropbox and more.
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