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Useful resources for media bloggers

February 20, 2011

This post is a collection of resources which may come in handy for media bloggers.  Please do let me know about any others in the comments, and I’ll add them to the post.

UK newspaper front pages Collection of the day’s front pages.

The Istyosty proxy, for cached pages from the Mail, Express, Sun, Star and Telegraph.  Routing links through this proxy reduces the number of site hits gained by papers that you may conscientiously object to.  ***UPDATE***  The Istyosty proxy has been taken down by order of the morally bankrupt Daily Mail, so unfortunately we can no longer avoid visiting their site directly.  This will affect all links to the Mail in my blog posts, which are likely not to be working any more.  If this bothers people, and if I get round to it, I will update them.

For those people who use Chrome/Chromium browsers, including new Flock, download the Istyosty extension, which automatically routes links to the Mail, Express, Sun, Star and Telegraph through the Istyosty proxy.  ***UPDATE***  These extensions will need to be uninstalled now that the Daily Mail has ordered Istyosty to close because they don’t work without the website.  😦

Churnalism checker from the Media Standards Trust

Kitten block for Firefox, and Chrome, brought to you by Tom Royal.  Blocks the Mail and Express in favour of tea and kittens.

NewsCrud, for adding warning stickers to bad journalism, brought to you by Eric Donovan.

Printable newspaper warning labels, brought to you by Tom Scott.

Just for fun:

Daily Mail-o-matic, generating headlines so you don’t have to.

The Twat-O-Tron, generating comments suitable for any tabloid.

Joe Mays’ Tabloid Headline Generator

Tabloid Headline Generator from toothycat

Kill or cure? from @threedaymonk [Help to make sense of the Daily Mail’s ongoing effort to classify every inanimate object into those that cause cancer and those that prevent it.]

The TaxPayers’ Alliance Quote Generator from The Other TaxPayers’ Alliance.  Generating irate quotes worthy of any TPA spokesperson.  HT to @zelo_street for this one.

I’m sure there are more, but since this is a quick post before I go out, I’ll anticipate coming home to more suggestions later.  In the meantime, I hope you find these both useful and entertaining.

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