9780534531461

Online Journalism: Reporting, Writing, and Editing for New Media (with InfoTrac)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534531461

  • ISBN10:

    0534531466

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/17/2004
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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Summary

Learn to report, write, and edit for online media with ONLINE JOURNALISM with InfoTrac?! Created specifically with the Internet in mind, this communication text will help you explore the writing opportunities associated with online media. Interviews with online professionals are included throughout the text to give you an idea of exactly what the job of the online journalist entails. A comprehensive Web site helps keep the book up to date and provides additional material, including sound clips of some of the book's interviewees.

Table of Contents

PREFACE xi
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii
I REPORTING FOR ONLINE JOURNALISTS 1(82)
1 WHY IS ONLINE JOURNALISM DIFFERENT, AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
3(13)
The Technological Evolution of Journalism
3(4)
The Development of Online Journalism
7(2)
The Online News Audience
9(4)
Giving Them What They Need
13(1)
Summary
14(1)
Related Web Sites
14(1)
Exercises
14(2)
2 THE JOB OF THE ONLINE JOURNALIST
16(14)
Approaching the job
17(2)
Producing and Structuring Content
19(6)
Interactivity
25(1)
Thinking Outside the Box
26(1)
Summary
27(1)
Related Web Sites
28(1)
Exercises
28(2)
3 GENERATING AND FOCUSING STORY IDEAS
30(13)
Knowing Your Audience
32(2)
Surfing for Ideas
34(2)
Unique Approaches to Familiar Topics
36(2)
Turning Trash Into Treasure
38(3)
Summary
41(1)
Related Web Sites
41(1)
Exercises
42(1)
4 WEB RESOURCES AND DATABASES
43(20)
Hello, My Name Is URL
43(2)
Using Online Information Resources
45(4)
Databases and Other Resources
49(6)
Keyword Searches
55(3)
Other Types of Searches
58(2)
Summary
60(1)
Related Web Sites
61(1)
Exercises
62(1)
5 SOURCES AND INTERVIEWING
63(20)
Sources Are People Too
65(2)
Interview Preparation
67(4)
Setting Up the Interview
71(5)
The Conversation
76(1)
Transcription, Accuracy and Completeness
77(3)
Summary
80(1)
Related Web Sites
81(1)
Exercises
81(2)
II WRITING FOR ONLINE JOURNALISTS 83(58)
6 ONLINE WRITING STYLES
85(15)
Why a Different Style Online?
87(2)
Characteristics of Online News
89(4)
"Way New Journalism"
93(5)
Summary
98(1)
Related Web Sites
98(1)
Exercises
99(1)
7 HOOKING AND KEEPING READERS
100(16)
So What?
100(6)
Headlines and Link Text
106(2)
A Square Lead in a Round Web
108(2)
Getting Your Facts Organized
110(4)
Summary
114(1)
Related Web Sites
114(1)
Exercises
114(2)
8 REVVING UP YOUR WRITING
116(14)
Active versus Passive Voice
117(4)
Story Flow Techniques
121(5)
Story Structures
126(2)
Summary
128(1)
Related Web Sites
128(1)
Exercises
129(1)
9 THE LAST MINUTE(S)
130(11)
Deadlines
132(1)
Don't Believe Your Mother
133(3)
Tweaking for the Web
136(1)
Developing Stories, Updates and Follow-Ups
137(2)
Summary
139(1)
Related Web Sites
140(1)
Exercises
140(1)
III EDITING FOR ONLINE JOURNALISTS 141(72)
10 AN UPHILL BATTLE: ONLINE COPYEDITING
143(15)
Saving Their Butts
144(2)
A Few General Pointers
146(3)
Mechanics
147(1)
Content
148(1)
Web-Specific Items
149(1)
The Spell-Check Problem
149(3)
Headlines and Cutlines
152(2)
Style
154(1)
Summary
155(1)
Related Web Sites
156(1)
Exercises
156(2)
11 THE ONLINE EDITOR/UTILITY INFIELDER
158(16)
How Do I Edit When There's No News Hole?
159(1)
Repurposing
160(3)
Links
163(5)
Managing Pages
168(1)
Story Content
169(1)
Interactive Features
170(2)
Summary
172(1)
Related Web Sites
172(1)
Exercises
173(1)
12 MULTIMEDIA FOR NEWS
174(15)
Defining and Conceptualizing Multimedia
176(1)
Audio Formats
177(4)
Video Formats
181(3)
Other Formats
184(1)
Smart Multimedia for Journalists
185(2)
Summary
187(1)
Related Web Sites
188(1)
Exercises
188(1)
13 BASIC ONLINE LAYOUT
189(24)
Online Layout: A Completely Different Animal
189(2)
General Pointers
191(3)
Design Elements
194(7)
The Home Page
201(3)
Links and Marginalia
204(2)
Templates, Scripts and Style Sheets
206(4)
Summary
210(1)
Related Web Sites
210(1)
Exercises
211(2)
IV STANDARDS, LAWS AND ETHICAL ISSUES 213(62)
14 ONLINE STANDARDS VERSUS JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS
215(15)
Journalistic Standards
216(6)
Online Standards
222(4)
Common Ground
226(2)
Summary
228(1)
Related Web Sites
228(1)
Exercises
229(1)
15 LEGAL ISSUES ONLINE AND OFFLINE
230(16)
Traditional Protections and Laws
231(2)
Internet-Related Legal Issues
233(5)
Legislation and Court Cases
238(6)
Freedom of Speech and Libel
238(1)
ISPs and Editorial Content
239(1)
Privacy and the First Amendment
240(1)
Freedom of Information and Copyrights
241(1)
Media Protections
242(2)
Summary
244(1)
Related Web Sites
244(1)
Exercises
244(2)
16 ETHICS IN CYBERLAND
246(16)
Traditional Ethical Approaches
247(6)
Online Issues and Conflicts
253(4)
Ethical Cases
257(4)
Profiting from the News
257(1)
Providing Links to Suspect Sites
258(1)
Walking the Line between Content and Ads
258(1)
Defining the Limits of "News"
259(1)
Dealing with Sex Stories in Online News
259(1)
Considering the Public's Right to Know
260(1)
Posting Targeted Ads Online
260(1)
Summary
261(1)
Related Web Sites
261(1)
Exercises
261(1)
17 THE 21ST CENTURY JOURNALIST
262(13)
The Cybeijournalist in 2015
263(1)
Making Different Mistakes
264(2)
The World Wide Workplace
266(2)
Transporting the User
268(3)
Summary
271(1)
Related Web Sites
272(1)
Exercises
272(3)
GLOSSARY 275(6)
INDEX 281

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