Tools for Trust: The list

Aron Pilhofer
3 min readApr 14, 2018

This is a growing list of tools and resources for journalism mentioned at our 2018 International Journalism Festival Panel. If you know of others, please let me know at @pilhofer on Twitter.

Jennifer Brandel’s List

Design Justice
Creating design practices that center on those who stand to be most adversely impacted by design decisions.

Listening Post Collective
Offers resources, tools, peer-to-peer support and a shared learning space for journalists, newsroom leaders and community groups looking to revitalize their local news and information ecosystems.

Helps you reach audiences and communities where they prefer to communicate: on their phones.

We help news organizations listen to the public as a story develops from pitch to publication.

Mark Little’s List

Center for Humane Technology
Team of deeply concerned former tech insiders and CEOs intimately understands the culture, business incentives, design techniques, and organizational structures driving how technology hijacks our minds.

European Journalism Centre
Building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development.

First Draft
Fights mis- and disinformation through fieldwork, research and education.

De Correspondent
Innovative news startup that puts audience engagement at the core of everything they do. They are building a CRM for journalism.

A decentralized marketplace for sustainable journalism, built on blockchain.

Provides a frictionless way to convert users into paying customers by enabling immediate access to paid content without requiring upfront registration or payment.

Ed Bice’s List

A tool for verifying breaking news in a collaborative way.

Clean, analyze and visualize data with simple tools.

Credibility Coalition
Can we agree on scientific and systematic ways to assess reliable information, and whether they can be applied at scale?

Aron’s List

A simple, intuitive tool to help make amazing interactive and static charts and graphs.

Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab
The Guardian’s open R&D lab looking at ways to make news on small screens a better experience.

A tool for creating gorgeous data visualizations that can be forked, shared by the community.

A tool to help journalists analyze, share, annotate and, ultimately, publish source documents to the web.

Northwestern University Knight Lab
Lab based at Northwestern that creates simple storytelling tools for journalists.

A new platform to support community-minded journalists.

A platform dedicated to helping make government more transparent and accountable through freedom of information.

George Brock’s Addendum

Inject Project
A tool for journalists who want to diversify and broaden their reporting.

Eric Newton’s Addendum

News Co/Lab’s Best Practices
A “cookbook” of practices for anyone who creates media. Improve news and, at the same time help the public better understand how news works.

More Tools Added April 17, 2018

The Coral Project
Open source tools to journalists and the communities they serve closer together.

We help communities build the apps they need. Helping photographers rate and share places to shoot, foodies places to eat and surfers places to surf.

Use Hypothesis right now to hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes.

Bring the power of Natural Language Processing to your products and applications for a better understanding of human languages.

Text Razor
The TextRazor API helps you extract and understand the Who, What, Why and How from your documents.



Aron Pilhofer

James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at @TUKleincollege. Proud @Guardian and @nytimes alum. Co-founder of @documentcloud & @HacksHackers. Yachtsman.