A project from Northwestern University's Knight Lab, a collaboration between Medill & McCormick.
"TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet, like the one we used for the Timeline above. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS's core functionality."
A free public archive of US court documents. It's designed to lower your costs for accessing the documents electronically. If you're reporting developing stories, you'd probably still have to pay for access to the documents through the federal court system's PACER -- if you're working on breaking news.
The Internet Archive
From a policy journalist's perspective, one of their coolest programs is TV News. As Al Gore pointed out in his book "Assault on Reason," television news often has the effect of hypnotizing its viewers. So it's worth analyzing how various channels frame the issues. The Internet Archive provides some tools to do it. (Check out this blog post on visualizing millions hours of television news.)
This is how The Internet Archive describes itself:
"The Internet Archive is: a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.
We began in 1996 by archiving the Internet itself, a medium that was just beginning to grow in use. Like newspapers, the content published on the web was ephemeral - but unlike newspapers, no one was saving it. Today we have 20+ years of web history accessible through the Wayback Machine and we work with 450+ library and other partners through our Archive-It program to identify important web pages.
As our web archive grew, so did our commitment to providing digital versions of other published works. Today our archive contains: