Journalism Online tackles the pressing question of how to apply fundamental journalism skills to the online medium. It provides an essential guide to the Internet as a research and publishing tool. In particular, it examines how to forge key journalism skills with the distinctive qualities of the World Wide Web to provide compelling web content.
Trainee and practicing online journalists will learn:
- core journalism skills of identifying, collecting, selecting and presenting news and information;
- multimedia skills such as audio recording and editing;
- online research methods including use of search tools, newsgroups and listservs;
- story construction and writing for the Web;
- an introduction to HTML;
- web site design for the effective use of content.
Journalism Online takes the best of the 'new' and 'old' media to provide an essential primer for this emerging discipline. Leading web designers such as Jakob Nielsen rub shoulders with established journalists like Harold Evans in the search for clear guidance in this rapidly developing field. It also provides a useful insight for non-news organisations into how to prepare and present effective web content and avoid the deepest pitfall of the online world - being ignored.
Supplementary resources can be found on the book's supporting web site www.journalismonline.co.uk, which features additional exercises, useful links and reviews.
Table of Contents
What is online journalism?; The core journalism; Online research and reporting; Writing; Online story construction; Who is afraid of HTML?; Design your web resource
Mike Ward is head of Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. A former BBC journalist, he has taught journalism for 14 years. He led the development of the first full undergraduate course in journalism in the UK and, more recently, the University's ground-breaking MA in Online Journalism.
"If you're often required to feed your company's Web site and not just its news pages or airwaves, or if you are working full-time on Web news sites - or hoping to start a new online career - use this book as your basic bible."
Julian Sher, the creator and web master of Journalism Net (www.journalismnet.com)
"The best guide to getting started in online journalism."
Jyothi Kiran, The Hoot (www.thehoot.org)
"I have been evaluating textbooks about online journalism for three years now, and this is the first really good one I have found."
Mindy McAdams, Professor and Knight Chair in Journalism, University of Florida
"Each chapter attempts to demystify the subject matter before going on to offer concrete pointers, often using published examples... Nuggets are spread throughout the book, building the confidence of the reader and putting the so-called gurus in their place... The book as a whole should be made to feel as welcome in a steamy newsroom as a university library."
"Ward's years in teaching come into play in the meticulous care he takes in introducing new ideas and clarifying new terms."
Saif Shahin, British Journalism Review
"In the depth of its content, style of presentation and the utility and timeliness of its subject matter, it is a lot more than a training manual for would-be online journalists."
Saif Shahin, in the British Journalism Review
"Great book for beginners - and I think a few not-so-beginners might learn a trick or two as well. Students would do well to add it to their reading list."
Hold the Front Page
"An excellent text for a course devoted to reporting and writing for online journalism outlets."
Mindy McAdams, Online Journalism Review
"An interesting read."
Professor Ivor Gaber, The Times Higher Educational Supplement