Here are some of my of my go-to resources sorted by category. Also be sure to check Jeremy Caplan’s Digital Journalism Toolkit from AEJMC 2017.

  • Research
    • JASP: a fantastic, free, and powerful stats program with open science and APA standards in mind. It excels at standard inferential stats and Bayesian as well. It’s currently in beta so changes occur often.
    • a simple DOI look up service.
    • JANE: ready to submit a research report? Type in your abstract and JANE returns it’s best guess for where to submit your work.
    • OpenBroadcasterSoftware: a powerful (though a bit clunky) and free program for recording anything that happens on a computer screen. This is great for analyzing video game play for later content analysis. It can be tricky to configure so I wrote a bare bones quick-start guide for recording video game play (link).
    • DMIDI: The Decision Making Individual Differences Inventory has loads of information on a variety of scales. Most are specific to psychology. It contains descriptive info on the scales as well citations for the originating articles.
    • Hayes’ Macros: if you use SPSS, SAS, or Mplus, chances are you would benefit from one or more of Hayes’ macros that extend the functionality of these programs. For example, KALPHA allows you to calculate Krippendorf’s alpha for content analyses and PROCESS allows you to calculate different types of moderation and mediation in SPSS.


  • Teaching
    • Poll Everywhere: this is great for real time polls in class. It plugs in directly to PowerPoint. The free version lets you poll up to 40 people. Results display live and the answers can be numerical or text based. I’ve found it to be fun for engagement in larger lectures.
    • Hemingway Editor: a very simple site that lets students enter text to see common writing errors. The focus is less on simple grammar and more on maximizing clarity by writing simply.


  • Conferences
    • Spoonflower: tired of poster tubes, push-pins,  and ripped posters? This service allows you to print large, 300 dpi posters to cloth instead.
    • Piktochart: this site helps you create quality infographics for your posters or presentations.