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Overview

This concise handbook provides an accessible guide to the esentials of computer-assisted reporting, It gives a practical overview of database managers, spreadsheets, and the various on-line resources used to produce news stories.

The first text of its kind, Computer-Assisted Reporting, A Practical Guide can be used as the ultimate tool for a journalist beginning in CAR, as well as a primary reference for the CAR veteran. Emphasizing the most useful tools in on-line reporting, it springboards journalists into the computer age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312132606
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 High-tech Journalism: What Computer-Assisted Reporting Is and Why Journalists Need to Use It 1
2 Computer Basics: Translating the Technical into the Practical 12
3 Spreadsheets: Conquering Numbers 23
4 Database Managers: Going from the Rolodex to Matchmaking 51
5 A Few Words about Statistics: A Brief Foray into Social Research Tools 74
6 Everything But the Internet 104
7 Getting Stories from the Net 133
8 Obtaining Databases: Locating, Negotiating, and Importing 154
9 Dirty Data: Pitfalls and Solutions 170
10 Getting Going: Strategies for Stories 186
Appendix A: Choosing Equipment and Software 193
Appendix B: Places to Start On-Line 195
Appendix C: An Example of Getting into an On-Line Governmental Database 198
Appendix D: Requests for Electronic Information 199
Appendix E: Getting Story Ideas for Computer-Assisted Reporting 202
Appendix F: Structured Query Language 203
Spreadsheet Exercises: Microsoft Excel 205
Spreadsheet Exercises: Quattro Pro for Windows 215
Database Manager Exercises: Microsoft Access 228
Database Manager Exercises: Microsoft FoxPro 242
Database Manager Exercises: Paradox for Windows 258
Glossary 275
Index 279
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