The possible war with Iraq has revived the bioterrorism fears that surfaced after the Sept. 11 attacks. As Americans confront the very real possibility that bioterrorism weapons may be used against our troops abroad or in a terrorism attack at home, it's wise for all journalists to get familiar with what could happen. To help reporters and producers tackle these stories, The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation has published "A Journalist's Guide to Covering Bioterrorism." Find out more about this guide.
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The Associated Press has put together a nice interactive showing how many reservists have been called into action from each state. As the Journalist's Toolbox points out, looking at these numbers are a good way to localize national stories about Iraq war preparations.
In his latest Editor & Publisher column, Steve Outing comments on some of the recent reader photo galleries published online that have been highlighted on CyberJournalist.net, among other places. He points out that photo editors need to be very careful not to publish photographs that have been faked or modified by tools like photoshop, and passes on some good advice from National Press Photographers Association president Michael Scherer: Learn about the photographer and their experience; require raw files, which are easier to analyze; ask for the images taken immediately before and after the shot you may publish, which could give clues to authenticity.
The American Press Institute has launched a new resource, "Beyond the Battle: Bringing Global Stories Home." API's site is a bit broader than the other Iraq resources online in that it aims to not just help journalists cover the Iraq conflict, but "help news professionals prepare for and cover unfolding global events in ways meaningful to their hometown audiences." The site, located at http://americanpressinstitute.org/beyond, includes practical articles and checklists, and will continue to be updated throughout the next month. More Iraq conflict links in CyberJournalist.net's Iraq resources collection.
The Columbia Journalism Review has partnered with Power Reporting, a top-notch research site for journalists that Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Bill Dedman has been building since 1997. Power Reporting has a fantastic searchable database of thousands of resources organized by beat (Aging, Agriculture) and by type (phone books, public records). CJR's interns will update the site under his supervision.
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Thanks to the Internet, Journalism is becoming less of a one-way street from reporters to readers and more of a dialogue. Two recent journalism review articles explore this phenomenon. "We Media augments traditional methods with new and yet-to-be invented collaboration tools ranging from e-mail to Web logs to digital video to peer-to-peer systems," writes Dan Gillmor in the Columbia Journalism Review. "But it boils down to something simple: our readers collectively know more than we do, and they don?t have to settle for half-baked coverage when they can come into the kitchen themselves." Meanwhile, in the American Journalism Review Barb Palser talks about writers posting complete interviews online and writes, "We are learning that people often are as interested in the ingredients of a news...
Here are tips on how to enhance working relationships between online and print newsrooms, summarized from the CONNECTIONS session, "The NEW News Team," by moderator Bill Mitchell, online editor of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., with the help of panelists Fred Mann, general manager of Philly.com, Kris Hey, senior producer for news at OrlandoSentinel.com, and Mark Swendra, digital media director of the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News' SavannahNow. (more…)
The shuttle crash and the recent snow storm were good reminders of how handy the Web can be when reporting on emergency situations. On such fast-moving stories, useful information can be found on scores of sites -- and here's a good start at how to find the best ones quickly.
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.