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Online Newsgathering: Research and Reporting for Journalism

Book Description

Journalists used to rely on their notepad and pen. Today, professional journalists rely on the computer-and not just for the writing. Much, if not all, of a journalist's research happens on a computer.

If you are journalist of any kind, you need to know how to find the information you need online. This book will show you how to find declassified governmental files, statistics of all kinds, simple and complex search engines for small and large data gathering, and directories of subject experts. This book is for the many journalists around the world who didn't attend a formal journalism school before going to work, those journalists who were educated before online research became mainstream, and for any student studying journalism today. It will teach you how to use the Internet wisely, efficiently and comprehensively so that you will always have your facts straight and fast.

Online Newsgathering:
. reflects the most current thinking
. is pertinent to both industry and education
. focuses on what people need to know

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. How the Internet Is Changing Journalism, and How It Affects You
    1. Boom in Online Advertising
    2. Fragmenting Audiences
    3. Journalists and Technology: Some Context and History
    4. References
  8. 2. Generating Ideas and Finding Experts
    1. Ways to Generate Story Ideas
    2. Newsgroups
    3. How to Generate a Story Using Alerts
    4. Home Pages
    5. Follow the News
    6. Useful Online Sites of Major News Organizations
    7. Read Archives
    8. Daily Events
    9. Covering Humanitarian Emergencies
    10. Refdesk
    11. Finding People and Experts to Interview
    12. Suggested Reading
    13. References
  9. 3. Blogs as a Newsgathering and Reporting Tool
    1. Blogs and Research for Journalism
    2. Search Tools for Blogs
    3. Other Research Tools: Wikipedia
    4. User-Generated Content and Citizen Journalism
    5. Suggested Reading
    6. References
  10. 4. Citizen Journalism and Audience-Generated Content
    1. Sustainable Forms of Blogging
    2. Blogs for Research
    3. OhmyNews
    4. Who is a Journalist?
    5. Concerns and Issues Related to Citizen Journalism
    6. Legal Issues and Audience-Generated Content
    7. Suggested Reading
    8. References
  11. 5. Beyond Google: Finding Trustworthy Information Online
    1. Basic Searching
    2. Advanced Searching
    3. Web Site Design and Search Engine Bias Affects Results
    4. Searching the Hidden Web
    5. Meta Searching
    6. News Archives
    7. Searching Within a Web Page
    8. References
  12. 6. Multimedia Newsgathering
    1. Some Thoughts on Online News
    2. What is Multimedia?
    3. Northrup’s Four Stages of News
    4. Strengths and Weaknesses of Media
    5. The Multimedia Newsgathering Process
    6. At the Interview
    7. Gathering Information for Video Packages
    8. Skills for a Multimedia Reporter
    9. Appropriate Tools for Multimedia
    10. Journalists Talk Technology
    11. Online Readings
    12. References
  13. 7. Evaluating Information Quality
    1. Journalists’ Mistakes
    2. Photo Faux Pas
    3. Protecting Yourself
    4. E-mail, Blogs, and Newsgroups
    5. Plagiarism and the Internet
    6. A Site to be Extremely Wary of
    7. Conclusion
    8. References
  14. 8. Using CAR to Help Develop a Beat
    1. Starting Out on a New Beat
    2. Educating Yourself about a Beat
    3. Finding Contacts
    4. Learning the Language of the Beat
    5. Build a Beat Web Site Database
    6. Keeping Up with Beat-Related Developments Online
    7. Suggested Reading
    8. References
  15. 9. Web Sites and Links for Journalists
    1. Australia
    2. Canada
    3. Europe (except for the UK which is listed separately)
    4. India
    5. New Zealand
    6. Southern Africa
    7. United Kingdom
    8. United States
    9. Global
  16. 10. CAR and the Law
    1. Laws that Help or Hinder
    2. Systemic Legal Differences
    3. Defamation—Libel and Slander
    4. Contempt
    5. Other Perils
    6. Copyright
    7. Conclusion
    8. Further Reading
    9. References
  17. 11. Advanced CAR
    1. CAR and Statistics
    2. CAR and Excel
    3. Finding the Numbers to Crunch
    4. Interpreting Statistics
    5. Suggested Reading
    6. Online Reading
    7. References
  18. Index