Media Gizmos

Now Dutch readers can buy stories from virtually any large Dutch media with one click

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Blendle takes content from 15 or so of the Netherlands’ top newspaper and magazine publishers and allows users to buy stories individually, with just a click, no matter where they were originally published. The publishers set the price and take 70 percent of the revenue while Blendle takes the other 30 percent. But Blendle needed a way to convince readers that they weren’t risking too much by, say, clicking on that overwrought trend piece about gezichtshaar. (That’s Dutch for facial hair.)

Read the full story at The Nieman Journalism Lab.

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Snapbird, a journalist’s resource for scouring Twitter

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filter-tweetsA search tool used to hunt through Twitter, Journalism.co.uk recommends that journalists use Snapbird to to make finding information on the micro-blogging site easy.

“How is it of use to journalists? If you’ve ever tried to track down an old tweet either in your own timeline or someone else’s, you’ll know it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Here’s where Snapbird can make your life a lot easier. This free tool allows you to search by keyword for a particular tweet in your timeline, as well as favourites and mentions. You can also search these categories in other people’s tweets, while searching for direct messages is of course limited to your own account only.

As well as helping journalists find mentions of a particular topic by a certain person, the platform could also be used to track down an elusive tweet you spotted earlier but forgot to ‘favourite’ or email to yourself.” Read the full story at Journalism.co.uk.

MediaGizmos – Interviewy

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Interviewy-homescreen-iPhone-5COne of the tough parts of being a journalist is transcribing interviews. Recording dialogue is the most accurate way of capturing everything your subject says. Recordings are also handy as a back up for any disputes about quotes or “who said what” if you’re doing a controversial story.

But, oy, the task of transcribing interviews! Anyone who has made their bread and butter doing this knows how time consuming and laborious this is. And yes, speech recognition software has been around for years, but for the most part one has to train the software to recognise the accent. Hardly useful if your interviewing loads of different people each week, and you live in a country like South Africa where there are 11 different languages that affect local English dialects in really interesting ways.

That’s why it was particularly pleasing to find Interviewy, an iPad or iPhone app that promises to: “record the important stuff, keep it safe and quickly transcribe it later.” What’s cool about Interviewy is that it is free; is a compact piece of software at 4.5 MB; and looks pretty easy to use. Best of all Interviewy was built by journalists, for use journalists to take away the pain of what otherwise is a great job.

We’ll be testing the app over the next couple of weeks, and hope to report back about how useful it is.

Find Interviewy at iTunes.

Interviewy’s online home.

Read more: App for journalists: Interviewy, smart recording for faster transcription at Journalism.co.uk.