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A web journalism start-up worth a long look

A former student of mine, Hannah Margaret Allen, is a founding editor at a new website called Inverse. The site is aimed at people who are seriously into looking at the present and the future. Here’s what she says about it: “Men’s publications have historically leaned on the idea that manhood is an achievable goal, […]

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Writing good tags should be part of the journalist’s writing process

At minimum, tags should include • all of the proper names and places referred to in your story; • major ideas and concepts of the subject of the story: • important actions and processes referred to in the story.

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The web imposes new responsibilities on journalists

The web has imposed new responsibilities on the journalist – responsibilities that go far beyond those of the traditional print or broadcast reporter.

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7 reasons why you should encourage your students to tweet your lectures

Some professors ban laptops, tablets and smart phones from their classrooms, seeing them as distractions for their students. Instead, they should welcome them as tools for engagement.

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Creating an interactive chart with Google Spreadsheets (video)

How do you make an interactive chart like this one and put it onto your web page? The video on this page will explain it all.

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Katie Couric, David Pogue, Yahoo and the inexorable march to online

Katie Couric is the latest media star to catch a glimpse of the future. That future is online.

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Going online: What I tell high school teachers and students

A news website gives scholastic journalists the opportunity to do something they’ve never done — practice “daily journalism.”

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Website design: what the ACA designers missed, and KY got right

Jakob Neilsen’s Nielsen Norman Group, web design researchers, has a critique of the site that is as enlightening as it is devastating. There are lessons in it for all of us who work with the web. The critique is written by Jen Cardello and says the website broke 10 usability guideline the NNG preaches over […]

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Discussion notes: Online journalism and audience

Discussion notes for practicing photojournalism on the web.

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Discussion notes: Online journalism and audience

People on the web have plenty of places to go besides your site. As Jakob Nielson says, visitors to a web site are “selfish, lazy and ruthless.”

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Discussion notes: Journalism concepts and practices

Teach the basics of journalism — reporting, writing, presentation; they’re much the same on the web as they are in any other medium, but there are important differences that you should introduce.

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Discussion notes: Understanding the basic concepts of the web

A few things you might want to discuss with your students to get them started as web journalists.

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Hardware and software

Some discussion notes on hardware and software students should master to get started as a web journalist.

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Introduction to online journalism

News organizations see the day — very soon — when the web will be the centerpiece of what they do. Not print or over-the-air broadcasting. The good news is that the web is a relatively low-cost way of distributing information compared to printing presses and delivery trucks. The bad news is that the overall economics […]

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JPROF.com celebrates 5th anniversary

JPROF celebrates its fifth anniversary today. In the past five years the site has grown in size (more than 400), expanded in purpose and reached around the globe to people I never would have touched or heard from. JPROF was originally conceived (in my small study in Emory, VA, where we were living at the […]

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Niles: Murdoch thinks he can screw Google. Think again.

Bob Niles is taking Microsoft and News Corp. to task for trying to restrict access to content. Their agreement, he says, is oh so 20th century — when you could get away with creating content and then parceling it out. Not any more: But, today, it (the deal) illustrates just the latest example of backward-thinking […]

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The demise of newspapers – revisited

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about the demise of newspapers being a good thing for the future of journalism. Today, I am using those ideas — and a new more — as a basis for a speech I am giving to the Knoxville Torch Club. Here is the basic text of the […]

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Writing for the web: making a (bulleted) list

The list is one of the most important aspects of writing for the web that the writer must master. A well-formed list not only adds visual variety to the writing but aids in comprehension. The list invited the reader to scan the text, but it can offer the visual cues to arrest the eye. Lists […]

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Writing for the web: guidelines for an introductory writing class

The following are some notes I have made for a discussion I am having with the JEM 200 writing instructors about what we are teaching concerning writing for the web. I invite your comments. As we move from writing in print mode to writing for the web, here are some general principles that we should […]

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Audio journalism III: Teaching j-students about recording, editing and distribution

Beginning journalism students, in their first news writing classes, should be taught the basics of audio journalism and should put those basics into practice. The concept of audio journalism takes us beyond the medium of radio and requires that we think about sound itself as an increasingly available and important tool of the journalist (as […]

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