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Second edition of Knight Center book “Digital Tools for Journalists” now available in Portuguese

The second e-book from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, “Digital Tools for Journalists,” by Argentinian journalist Sandra Crucianelli, is now available in Portuguese.

The translation of the book is the result of a partnership between the Knight Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the Media Strengthening Program in Mozambique, financed by the United States government through its Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by IREX. Click here to download the book for free (in PDF format) from the Knight Center digital library.

“Digital Tools” is an extensive update and revision of the first edition, published in 2008. This version contains a new chapter on data journalism, looking at the most common techniques used to search for and process information, and it notes of a number of other journalistic tools and changes that have come about in the last six years.

“This book is a guide without any pretense of being a list of tips that should be rigorously followed, but it is my hope that this will become a beacon that lights the way for journalists working in the digital environment,” said Crucianelli. “To be able to offer these resources to the public in Portuguese is a very important contribution from the Knight Center. The new version in Portuguese fills me with happiness, especially to know that in countries so far from my own, such as Mozambique, there are journalists who will read the first edition and want to read the second,” she added.

Although there are a number of other available tools that are not mentioned in the book, Crucianelli selected those that are free and/or do not require you to download anything from the Internet and can be used online.

The new edition of “Digital Tools” also seeks to reflect the new realities of journalism, including the proliferation of citizen journalists and the need for each professional journalist to take advantage of digital tools in order to investigate, filter, present, and share information.

The book looks at subjects such as data journalism, different types of search engines, Google and its products, tricks to search the deep web, social media for journalists, fact checking for these kinds of media, infographics and interactive graphs, the Open Data movement, journalism apps, the use of smartphones in journalism, basic Excel concepts, and the creation of charts.

The manual also includes tools for sharing audio and music, creating online petitions, holding video conferences, creating timelines, extracting data, editing photos, pulling data from PDFs, sending anonymous emails, and staying safe online.

The Knight Center digital library has been accessed by millions of journalists across the Americas. Other books that are available include “Media Coverage of Migration in the Americas,” “10 Best Practices for Social Media,” “Ethical Guidelines for Online Journalism,” and “Coverage of Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The Knight Center launched its first edition of “Digital Tools for Journalists,” by Sandra Crucianelli, in Portuguese and Spanish in 2008. The second edition was released in Spanish in 2013, thanks to a collaboration between the Knight Center and Project Mozambique IREX/USAID, and the Portuguese translation is now also available.

This book offers content that is the result of the transition and fusion of professional worlds. Journalism and technology have always come hand in hand, ever since the invention of the printing press by Guttenberg, but never has there been such a large or complex fusion of professional practices in such distinct areas of communication.

"This change is reflected in a new vocabulary, which has been strongly influenced by English and adapted according to the logic of the media in each locale. To have a Portuguese translation of the original knowledge, offered by Sandra Crucianelli, is to delve into a new code of journalistic production that is still under construction and, therefore, a hybrid,” according to Ricardo Mendes, director of training at IREX and translator for the second edition.

Sandra Crucianelli

Sandra Crucianelli is a journalist specializing in investigative journalism and precision journalism, with a focus on digital sources and data journalism. Since 2004, she has offered courses in the Knight Center’s Distance Learning program. Her last programs and trainings, offered through the Knight Center, were “Digital Tools for Journalists: from web to mobile,” which saw the participation of 98 journalists and 18 countries, as well as the massive open online course (MOOC) in Spanish, titled “Introduction to Data Journalism,” which had 4,000 students participating from 60 countries.

Crucianelli is a member of the executive board at the Center for Digital Journalism at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and she teaches at the Media Center at the University of Florida. She also founded the SoloLocal.Info, a hyperlocal online journalism project in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. In addition, as a Knight International Journalism Fellow, she has been researching the use of open data applied to journalism for the last two years.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was founded in 2002 by professor Rosental Calmon Alves, the Knight Chair in Journalism and the UNESCO Chair of Communication at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Created thanks to large donations from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Center has also received contributions from the Open Society Foundation and other donors. The Knight Center has also financed its operations with support from the School of Communications at the University of Texas in Austin, as well as modest donations from other foundations and the public.

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