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3rd Edition

The Online Journalism Handbook
Skills to Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age

  • Available for pre-order on June 7, 2023. Item will ship after June 28, 2023
ISBN 9780367337353
June 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Online Journalism Handbook offers a comprehensive guide to the ever-evolving world of digital journalism, showcasing the multiple possibilities in researching, writing, and storytelling provided by new technologies.

In this new edition, Paul Bradshaw presents an engaging mix of technological expertise with real world practical guidance to illustrate how those training and working as journalists can improve the development, presentation, and global reach of their stories through web-based technologies.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this third edition features:

  • A new chapter dedicated to writing for email and chat, with updated case studies;
  • New sections covering online abuse, news avoidance and trust;
  • Updated coverage of accessibility, inclusivity and diversity in sourcing, writing for social media, and audio and video;
  • New formats, including social audio, audiograms, Twitter threads, the 'Stories' format, charticles and 'scrollytelling';
  • Expanded international examples throughout.

The Online Journalism Handbook is an essential guide for all journalism students and professional journalists, and will also be of interest to digital media practitioners.

The companion website for this book further enhances student knowledge though regularly updated case studies, real time development reports, and in-depth discussion pieces from cutting edge sources.

Table of Contents

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  1. Introduction
  2. Histories, futures, and the changing business and technologies of journalism
  3. Finding leads and sources online
  4. Writing for the web
  5. Writing for social media
  6. Email newsletters, chat and curation
  7. Live and mobile journalism — and verification
  8. Online audio
  9. Video for the web and social media
  10. Data Journalism
  11. Interactivity, code and analytics
  12. Community, social media management and UGC


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Paul Bradshaw is an award-winning journalist who runs the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Journalism at Birmingham City University, while also working in the BBC’s Data Unit. He has covered developments in online journalism for over a decade on the Online Journalism Blog, and is internationally recognised for his contributions to the development of data journalism in particular, working with organisations ranging from The Guardian and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism to Der Tagesspiegel and the Balkan Investigative Reporters Network. He is the author of a number of books and book chapters including Mobile-First Journalism, Snapchat for Journalists, and Finding Stories in Spreadsheets.