The Re­ team's fa­vorite dig­i­tal tools

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Re­ was a news op­er­a­tion that cov­ered break­ing news pri­mar­ily on so­cial and dis­trib­uted plat­forms. It was also the first place many peo­ple turned to ver­ify de­vel­op­ing sto­ries. But in Au­gust, its par­ent com­pany, First Look Me­dia, pulled fund­ing and shut down the site.

The Re­ team was small and spread out across the globe, which meant they re­lied on many dig­i­tal and so­cial tools. Be­fore they said good­bye, the staff com­piled a list of some of the tools they found most use­ful. We take a look at six of their fa­vorites.

Re­port­ing by Rachel Wise and Katie Grunik

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On its web­site, the Re­ team wrote a post — a run­down of some of re­’s fa­vorite tools — which lists 11 in to­tal, com­plete with tips and “why we love them” qual­i­fiers. Here are the six we fea­ture.

So­cial-me­dia man­agers: Clients such as Tweet­deck and Hoot­Suite helped them mon­i­tor Twit­ter feeds around the world and search for spe­cific phrases like “ex­plo­sion” and “break­ing.”

Ge­olo­ca­tion tools, such as Banjo, Twit­ter Ad­vanced Search and SAMdesk,helped the team find lo­cal re­ports and re­ac­tions to big news events.

Re­verse im­age search tools, such as Google Im­age Search and Tin­eye, al­lowed the staff to ver­ify a photo's au­then­tic­ity and helped flush out old pho­tos geo­tagged as new.

Google Earth was use­ful for rec­og­niz­ing land­marks in footage to help iden­tify a photo or video’s spe­cific lo­ca­tion. Re­ also used Google Earth to cre­ate a vir­tual tour of lo­ca­tions in Nepal rav­aged by an earth­quake.

Trends24 gave the team a global view of trend­ing top­ics and hash­tags.

Quick­shot for Mac, a screen­shot man­ager that keeps files or­ga­nized and desk­tops de­clut­tered, is now called Scree­nie.

The other tools on their list in­clude Break­, news­let­ters, Pablo by Buf­fer,GIF Key­board for Mac and Slideshare.

Break­ing News, a pop­u­lar app and Twit­ter ac­count owned by NBC News, was in­cluded in Re­’s list. But on Dec. 31, Break­ing News was also shut down by its par­ent com­pany.

Since Re­ was shut­tered in Au­gust, there have been no of­fi­cial up­dates about plans for its fu­ture. But founder Andy Carvin says he hopes to work with First Look Me­dia to even­tu­ally take own­er­ship of Re­ and carry it on some­where else.

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