A Journalist's Guide to the Internet : The Net as a Reporting Toolby Christopher Callahan
Pub. Date: 12/02/1998
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Just about everyone knows how to "surf" the information superhighway these days. But very few people who rely on the Internet for the most current news know how to maximize their "surfing" time in the most efficient and informative way. This practical, hands-on book offers readers the tools to think about the Internet from a journalistic perspective and provides tactics that may help both the budding and the experienced journalist meet the tightest of deadlines. Readers will find an up-close look at the different elements of the Internet and how they can be used as tools. Electronic mail, mailing lists, newsgroups, and the World Wide Web issues are thoroughly covered. This book describes not only how to find information on the Internet but also how to evaluate the credibility and newsworthiness of the information retrieved. Broadcasters, journalists of print and television media, investigative reporters, public affairs reporters, and anyone interested in utilizing the Internet for news.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements.
About the Author.
1. Journalists and the Net.
What Is the Internet?
Why Should Journalists Care About the Internet?
Thinking Strategically About the Net.
2. Evaluating Information from the Internet.
Myths About the Internet and Credibility.
What's Out There?
Decoding Web Addresses.
Techniques for Evaluating Web Site Credibility.
Traveling In and Out of Web Sites.
Newsroom Policies for Internet Reporting.
3. Haven for Rumors and Misinformation.
The Real Computer Virus.
How Does the Internet Propel a Rumor to Fact in 24 Hours? The Case of CNN and the Celebrating Palestinians.
4. Basic Reporting Resources and References.
Freedom of Information Act.
Accessing State and Local Public Records.
Other Reference Sources.
5. Top Data Sites for News Stories:
Federal Government Sites—General.
Politics & Campaigns.
Health & Safety.
Crime & Punishment.
Businesses & Nonprofits.
6. Online News: Electronic Publications.
Growth of Online Newspapers.
Local Breaking News.
Regional and Statewide Newspapers.
Trade and Specialty Publications.
Reading for Better Writing.
7. Strategic Searching.
Think Strategically: Develop a Game Plan.
What Are You Looking for and Where Is It Likely to Be?
What to Do When You Don't Know Where to Go.
How SearchEngines Work.
How to Use Search Engines Effectively.
The Major Search Engines.
How Many Searches?
8. Building an Electronic Beat.
Types of Beats.
The Geographic Beat.
The Issue Beat.
The Institution Beat.
9. Electronic Mail.
Email as a Reporting Tool.
Decoding Email Addresses.
Finding Email Addresses.
Newsroom Policies on Email Communication.
Electronic Press Releases and News Alerts.
Email as News.
10. Mailing Lists: Email Discussion Groups.
Journalistic Uses of Mailing Lists.
Journalism Mailing Lists.
Finding Mailing Lists.
The Mechanics of Mailing Lists.
Love on the Listserv: A Fish Story.
11. Newsgroups: Electronic Bulletin Boards.
How Newsgroups Work.
12. Professional Development.
The Best Journalism Web Sites.
Minority Journalism Organizations.
Newspaper Management and Leadership.
Women in Journalism.
Other Journalism Groups.
High School Journalism.
Appendix: A Journalist's Guide to the Internet: The Web Site.
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