Tech Tools

There are a lot of tech options when telling a story – whether it’s through photo, text, graphics, video, audio or a combination of all of them!  The resources below will help you find and use the best technology for each storytelling platform.  Learn about equipment, design and multimedia software, mobile apps, websites and web apps to keep your school’s publication on the cutting edge.

New tools and apps are developed every day, so check back often for updates. For additional resources and video tutorials, be sure to check out our journalism training modules for multimedia and social media and infographics, as well as, data and investigative journalism.

Tech Tools

Design & Multimedia Software
Whether you are working on a school or professional publication, design and multimedia software are essential. Resources and tutorials for Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Premiere, as well as, low-cost options are provided here.

Knowing what tech gear to purchase can be tricky. Check out these tips for the most common equipment used in student media publications. has a section that features lessons on English grammar rules (ex. Oxford comma, prepositions, idioms), common confusions (ex. affect vs. effect), and alternatives to overused words
as well as academic and creative writing tips. We’re happy to say that we do not charge users of our website and do not require anyone to sign up.

Mobile Apps
Mobile apps for smart phones are a staple for multimedia and mobile journalists. This section features some of the best apps to have in your arsenal when reporting on-the-go.

Software & Online Multimedia Tools
Not every school can afford Adobe Creative Suites, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon multimedia journalism altogether. This section offers some free alternatives that perform many of the same functions as expensive photo-editing, design and animation tools and software.

Websites & Web Apps
Web platforms and web apps are ever-changing, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorites for student media programs to help you increase your tech skills!