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2nd Edition

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

ISBN 9781138791565
Published August 21, 2017 by Routledge
368 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Online Journalism Handbook has established itself globally as the leading guide to the fast-moving world of digital journalism, showcasing the multiple possibilities for researching, writing and storytelling offered to journalists through 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 story through web-based technologies.

The new edition is thoroughly revised and updated, featuring:

  • a significantly expanded section on the history of online journalism business models;
  • a new focus on the shift to mobile-first methods of consumption and production;
  • a brand new chapter on online media law written by Professor Tim Crook of Goldsmiths, University of London, UK;
  • a redeveloped section on interactivity, with an introduction to coding for journalists;
  • advice on the journalistic uses of vertical video, live video, 360 and VR.

The Online Journalism Handbook is a guide for all journalism students and professional journalists, as well as being of key interest to digital media practitioners.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


  1. Introduction to the second edition
  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 and chat apps
  6. Live and mobile journalism
  7. Online audio
  8. Introduction to Online Media Law
  9. Chapter by Tim Crook

  10. Online video
  11. Data Journalism
  12. Interactivity, code and analytics
  13. Community, social media management and UGC








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Paul Bradshaw established and leads the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University, UK and works with the BBC England data unit. He publishes the Online Journalism Blog, founded the investigative crowdsourcing site Help Me Investigate, and is recognised worldwide as one of the leading lights in online journalism, data journalism and social media. His other books include Finding Stories in Spreadsheets (2016), Snapchat for Journalists (2016), The Data Journalism Heist (2015), and Scraping for Journalists (2017).

Tim Crook is Professor of Media and Communication, Head of Media Law & Ethics and Radio at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also Visiting Professor of Broadcast Journalism to Birmingham City University. He has worked professionally in radio, theatre, television and film as a journalist, producer, playwright, director and sound designer for more than 40 years. Throughout this period he has taught media law and ethics to professional journalists and students at all levels.


"The Online Journalism Handbook provides a good overview of the various types of online news that journalists are asked to produce today." --Barbara Jungwirth, Reliable Translations