Reporters in the newsroom are becoming more involved in computer-assisted reporting and online news research than ever before. This edition introduces readers to computer-assisted reporting and to describe how leading journalists are using personal computers for news gathering in modern print, broadcast, and online newsrooms. It provides a thorough discussion of technology and its applications to news reporting.
Computer Assisted Reporting focuses on the computerization of newsgathering, highlighting the fact that the computer assists journalists by making writing easier, and also makes gathering and organizing information more efficient. As it begins, the book demonstrates methods for journalists to get more from their computers, such as data retrieval, data analysis, information storage, and dissemination of that information in both processed and unprocessed forms. It concludes with a refined proposal, originally proposed in the first edition, for five stages for development of computer literacy in the newsroom.
Contents: Preface/Acknowledgments. Part I: Introduction. The Second Wave. Using Personal Computers. Part II: Online News and Information. Online Information. Online and CD-ROM Databases. Using the Internet. Government Databases. Accessing Public Databases. Portable CAR. Part III: Elementary Information Management. News Research. Word Processors and Personal Information Managers. Part IV: Advanced Database Reporting Strategies. Merging Data Analysis With News. Building and Editing Databases. Spreadsheets and Basic Data Analysis. Relational Databases and Mapping. Statistics and Advanced Analysis. Survey Research as CAR. Part V: Goals for Journalists. The Computer-Literate Journalist. Appendices: CAR on the World Wide Web. Government World Wide Web Sites. World Wide Web Search Engines. NICAR Databases List.