Ren La Forme

Digital Tools Reporter at The Poynter Institute
    Sep 17, 2019
    Data journalism solves big problems, but it’s an organizational mess. A new tool from the AP aims to fix that.

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Tuesday? Sign up here. Data journalism…

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    Sep 10, 2019
    Peel back the layers of Twitter with this freshly updated tool

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Tuesday? Sign up here. A person or…

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Tuesday? Sign up here. A person or…

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    Sep 4, 2019
    Here are a dozen tools, tips and resources to help during Hurricane Dorian

    Welcome back from the long Labor Day weekend (if you’re outside the U.S., welcome to Wednesday)! I just got back from a not-so-relaxing trip to Nashville, Tennessee, where my friends and I were often glued to our screens between line dances to see…

    Welcome back from the long Labor Day weekend (if you’re outside the U.S., welcome to Wednesday)! I just got back from a not-so-relaxing trip to Nashville, Tennessee, where my friends and I were often glued to our screens between line dances to see…

    Welcome back from the long Labor Day weekend (if you’re outside the U.S., welcome to Wednesday)! I just got back from a not-so-relaxing trip to Nashville, Tennessee, where my friends and I were often glued to our screens between line dances to see…

    Aug 28, 2019
    The Washington Post created a database about the opioid epidemic. It’s had nearly 40,000 downloads.

    In 2016, Eric Eyre at the Charleston Gazette-Mail revealed the breathtaking size and scope of the painkiller industry that was ravaging parts of West Virginia. 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills over six years. 433 pain pills for every…

    In 2016, Eric Eyre at the Charleston Gazette-Mail revealed the breathtaking size and scope of the painkiller industry that was ravaging parts of West Virginia. 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills over six years. 433 pain pills for every…

    In 2016, Eric Eyre at the Charleston Gazette-Mail revealed the breathtaking size and scope of the painkiller industry that was ravaging parts of West Virginia. 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills over six years. 433 pain pills for every…

    Aug 27, 2019
    Here’s how to filter and delete your old tweets — and why that’s an OK thing to do

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    Aug 21, 2019
    There’s a danger lurking within every phone book, and a way to mitigate it

    PROTECT YOURSELF: All U. S. citizens and other permanent and temporary residents are issued a Social Security card. Its purpose is, like it sounds, to track people for social welfare and insurance purposes. Or at least it used to be. These days, U.S.…

    PROTECT YOURSELF: All U. S. citizens and other permanent and temporary residents are issued a Social Security card. Its purpose is, like it sounds, to track people for social welfare and insurance purposes. Or at least it used to be. These days, U.S.…

    PROTECT YOURSELF: All U. S. citizens and other permanent and temporary residents are issued a Social Security card. Its purpose is, like it sounds, to track people for social welfare and insurance purposes. Or at least it used to be. These days, U.S.…

    Aug 13, 2019
    The Try This! newsletter turns two years old this week. What’s next?

    This week marks two years of Try This! — Tools for Journalism! In mid-August 2017, I held my breath and sent a welcome email to the 100 or so bold souls who signed up before we had even figured out what this would be. Since then, we’ve been through…

    This week marks two years of Try This! — Tools for Journalism! In mid-August 2017, I held my breath and sent a welcome email to the 100 or so bold souls who signed up before we had even figured out what this would be. Since then, we’ve been through…

    This week marks two years of Try This! — Tools for Journalism! In mid-August 2017, I held my breath and sent a welcome email to the 100 or so bold souls who signed up before we had even figured out what this would be. Since then, we’ve been through…

    Aug 6, 2019
    Setting up a secure way to solicit tips isn’t just a good thing to do, it’s the ethical thing to do

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here. HERE’S A TIP: It…

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here. HERE’S A TIP: It…

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here. HERE’S A TIP: It…

    Jul 30, 2019
    Take notes on your phone? Make sure to unlock your app’s full potential.

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here. As July melts…

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    Jul 23, 2019
    An examination of a viral YouTube video reveals a cautionary tale for the news media

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    Jul 17, 2019
    Hackers in search of personal information are bad. But digital fingerprint trackers might be even worse.

    Keeping up with online security is so much more difficult than it is in the physical world. There are only so many ways someone can steal your wallet or break into your home, but it seems like there’s always some new hack, bug or tracker taking aim…

    Keeping up with online security is so much more difficult than it is in the physical world. There are only so many ways someone can steal your wallet or break into your home, but it seems like there’s always some new hack, bug or tracker taking aim…

    Keeping up with online security is so much more difficult than it is in the physical world. There are only so many ways someone can steal your wallet or break into your home, but it seems like there’s always some new hack, bug or tracker taking aim…

    Jul 2, 2019
    Tools to liberate scholarly articles, help sources understand journalism and publish printable online zines

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    Jun 26, 2019
    The Washington Post is reinventing travel writing to help you live like a local

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But what do the Romans do? That is essentially the question The Washington Post’s new travel site, By The Way, seeks to answer. By The Way dispenses with the usual travel writing formula — sending some lucky…

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But what do the Romans do? That is essentially the question The Washington Post’s new travel site, By The Way, seeks to answer. By The Way dispenses with the usual travel writing formula — sending some lucky…

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But what do the Romans do? That is essentially the question The Washington Post’s new travel site, By The Way, seeks to answer. By The Way dispenses with the usual travel writing formula — sending some lucky…

    Jun 25, 2019
    The New York Times released its intensive internal data boot camp to the public

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    Jun 18, 2019
    Tools to fix your noisy video chats, send emails with confidence and improve your newsletters

    The internet is bountiful. The internet is lush. I have a surfeit of links, tips and news to share with you, so I’ll keep the opening chatter to a minimum again this week. SILENCE YOUR CALLS: Just about every video conference call infamously goes the…

    The internet is bountiful. The internet is lush. I have a surfeit of links, tips and news to share with you, so I’ll keep the opening chatter to a minimum again this week. SILENCE YOUR CALLS: Just about every video conference call infamously goes the…

    The internet is bountiful. The internet is lush. I have a surfeit of links, tips and news to share with you, so I’ll keep the opening chatter to a minimum again this week. SILENCE YOUR CALLS: Just about every video conference call infamously goes the…

    Jun 11, 2019
    Tools to record the (virtual) world, clean up your Google searches and quiet your phone when you need to focus

    People often ask where I find all of this stuff. The answer is everywhere. Articles. Social media. Other newsletters. Pitches. Google. Direct recommendations. Conferences (and eavesdropped notes from conferences I didn’t go to). I sometimes feel like…

    People often ask where I find all of this stuff. The answer is everywhere. Articles. Social media. Other newsletters. Pitches. Google. Direct recommendations. Conferences (and eavesdropped notes from conferences I didn’t go to). I sometimes feel like…

    People often ask where I find all of this stuff. The answer is everywhere. Articles. Social media. Other newsletters. Pitches. Google. Direct recommendations. Conferences (and eavesdropped notes from conferences I didn’t go to). I sometimes feel like…

    Jun 4, 2019
    In praise of the morning newsletter

    Every morning around 6:30 a.m., I get an email about a place some 1,100 miles away from me. The message doesn’t come from a friend, though often I feel like it does, and the contents don’t affect my daily life, though I often feel like they do. The…

    Every morning around 6:30 a.m., I get an email about a place some 1,100 miles away from me. The message doesn’t come from a friend, though often I feel like it does, and the contents don’t affect my daily life, though I often feel like they do. The…

    Every morning around 6:30 a.m., I get an email about a place some 1,100 miles away from me. The message doesn’t come from a friend, though often I feel like it does, and the contents don’t affect my daily life, though I often feel like they do. The…

    May 29, 2019
    Jigsaw is fixing comment sections, one language at a time

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    May 21, 2019
    WhatsApp’s breach is proof that online privacy takes a little work

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    May 14, 2019
    Don’t forego the last-minute scavenge and other tips to consider when publishing long stories

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here. I was away from…

    This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here. I was away from…

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