- WordCount – English language word-usage frequency discovery tool
- Dialect Map – Aggregate US English-language dialect mapping tool
- Reddit – the platform for internet communities
Favorite Media Sources
- Epoch Times – a major newspaper rooted in exposing practices of the China’s communist government – Facebook
Journalism Research Sources
- PEW Research – extensive research and reports of American society, media, government and more
- Functional Art – Alberto Cairo is the leading expert on infographics. He does a mooc at the University of Texas Knight Center and repeats it regularly.
- Little Sis – grassroots watchdog network connecting the dots between the world’s most powerful people and organizations.
- OpenCorporates – the open database of the corporate world
- Maplight – monitoring the influence of money on congress
- National Council on Public Polls – election poll monitoring
- FOIA Machine – automate your freedom of information act (FOIA) requests
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) – defending your rights in the digital world