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Journalist's Toolbox



The journalist's Toolbox is owned by the Society of Professional Journalists and is updated twice weekly by journalist Mike Reilley of Chicago. The site indexes hundreds of links helpful to reporters, editors, researchers, instructors and students. The site is organized by topics and "beats" similar to what you would find in a newsroom: Crime, Legal, Medical/Health, Public Safety, Public Records, Evironment, Entertainment, Sports, Search Tools, Reporting Tools, Daily News Sites, Online Journalism, Journalism Blogs, etc. In 2002, the Toolbox was recognized by the Library of Congress as a reliable resource of information on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The site is used by hundreds of journalism instructors to teach students how to find reliable content online. It is bookmarked in many newsroom intranets and has more than 600 Twitter followers. Reilley, a former LA Times reporter and online editor at the Chicago Tribune and WashingtonPost.com, started the site as a page of 10 links on an online newswriting syllabus for a course he taught at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The site grew into a full ".com" in 2000. Reilley sold the site to the American Press Institute in 2002, continuing to update and expand the site. API sold the site to the Society of Professional Journalists in 2008, where it currently resides at http://www.journaliststoolbox.org. The site is updated hourly during big global news events and provides twice-daily updates through Twitter @journtoolbox.