Journalism Online by Mike Ward A decent beginner text on writing for online media outlets. Covers: - 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.
Lately, a number of Internet hoaxes have caught journalists off-guard, including a case last week in which one journalist relied on an e-mail interview and was embarrassingly duped. Here's a look at how to use e-mail or instant messengers in your reporting, while avoiding humiliating corrections.
A new report from the Online Publishers Association concludes that weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. represent the largest "daypart" (an advertising term meaning blocks of time with homogeneous audiences) on the Internet in terms of total audience and total usage minutes. The study, which used data from Nielsen//NetRatings, identified five distinct "dayparts" on the Web: early morning (Mon.-Fri., 6-8 a.m.), daytime (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), evening (Mon.-Fri., 5-11 p.m.), late night (Mon.-Fri., 11 p.m.-6 a.m.) and weekends (Sat.-Sun., all day).
A new study finds that news site surfers' habits change throughout the day, with profound implications for the online news industry. "By morning, our users are almost as interested in news ? breaking, local, national, business and sports ? as they are in e-mail," says Rusty Coats, whose MORI Research conducted the 2002 Online Consumer Study for the Newspaper Association of America. "By afternoon, with the importance of news waning, entertainment-category features such as movie times, maps and directions, and offbeat news are on the rise. In the evening, our ability to connect users with jobs, cars and homes becomes central, along with our ability to facilitate their online-shopping needs ? from researching products to actually purchasing products." Coats points out that the findings could ...
Institute for New Media Studies' director Nora Paul and doctoral candidate Christina Fiebich have created a framework for digital storytelling analysis: relationship, action, context, media and communication. This site defines these areas and lists examples and related research. Students and practictioners of digital storytelling will find this an interesting resource, particularly coupled with CyberJournalist.net's Great Work Gallery.
Now that the New York Times has released its revised ethics code, Sree Sreenivasan thought it might be useful to find a site that lists ethics codes for journalists from around the world. Here's a site that archives more than 100 journalists' codes.
Keen observers of online news polls have noticed the results tend to skew toward conservative answers. Now there's proof of that. Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to participate in online surveys, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, in cooperation with the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Half of those who said they like to take online polls were Republicans, while one in five were Democrats and just one in four were independents. The survey also reported that percentage of Internet users who went online for election news in 2002 was 22 percent, up slightly from 15 percent during the last midterm congressional election in 1998.