NiemanLab: Lost for words? A new, free resource offers journalists guidance on thorny topics. “Using funding from Google News Initiative, the project brought together a long list of news leaders to write a style guide with more than 275 entries — including ones for ‘crisis pregnancy center,’ ‘opportunity gap,’ and ‘DREAMer’ — containing detailed definitions, notes on usage, and additional resources.”
KnowTechie: Need to remove an object from an image? This free web tool lets you do it in seconds. “If you’ve ever had to quickly edit something (or someone) out of a picture, you know it is a frustrating task best left to the professionals. Well, now it is something you can tackle whenever you have a spare minute, with a new tool that lets you remove objects from a picture with ease.” I tried it. It’s not perfect but for a free tool it’s amazing. I found that trying to remove the same area several times, like I was removing layers of paint, worked well in some cases.
Internet Archive: More than 100 years of Editor & Publisher Now Fully Accessible Online on the Internet Archive
Internet Archive: More than 100 years of Editor & Publisher Now Fully Accessible Online on the Internet Archive. “When Mike Blinder acquired Editor & Publisher magazine in October 2019, he inherited boxes of back issues that he put in a climate-controlled storage unit near his home in Tampa, Florida…. When Blinder called Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive and found out we had the microfilm for his back issues, he was very excited to find the microfilm was not only safe, but that the Internet Archive would digitize all of the issues at no cost to him. Blinder enthusiastically gave permission for the full 100-year history to be read and downloaded by anyone, anywhere – along with E&P’s International Yearbook and Market Guide.”
Hongkiat: 6 Free Editing Tools to Improve Writing for Bloggers. “After hours of researching facts and figures, organizing your notes like crazy, and hammering away at your keyboard, you’re finally done with your killer blog post. Congratulations for making it that far. Not all blog post ideas get turned into working drafts. Now, all you have to do is edit. That might take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the quality of your draft.”
Digital Trends: The best free video-editing software for 2019. “People like movies — no question about it — but not everyone likes to go through the painstaking task of filming and editing their own feature-length film. However, simple editing can be done on the cheap if you’re willing to ditch powerful, high-end software such as Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere, in favor of a more modest program. Let’s face it, you’re probably not going to be taking home the Palme d’Or with the film you cut on your laptop, but your home movies and YouTube uploads can take on a whole new shine with a few straightforward tools.”
Poynter: You can now search really old AP Stylebooks and guides online. “As of Thursday, people who create a free account at apstylebook.com can search PDFs of stylebooks and guides going back to 1900. The archives include the 1933 guide for filing editors, the 1939 ‘Wirephoto: Miracle of Modern Newsgathering,’ and the first edition of the modern stylebook from 1953.”
Lifehacker: Krita Is a Fast, Flexible, and Free Photoshop Alternative Built by Artists. “If you’re on the lookout for a digital painting tool and Photoshop is too expensive, Krita is a fast, free, and open source art tool that was developed by artists looking for something that met their needs without a ton of bloat or overhead. Plus, it’s completely cross-platform.” This looks like a great alternative when I’m working on something that’s too arty/complicated for Picmonkey.