Journalist's Guide to the Internet

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The Internet provides journalists with the most important new tool since the telephone. When used poorly, the Internet can result in both sloppy and inaccurate reporting. Part introduction, part hands-on tool, A Journalist's Guide to the Internet, Updated Edition is an invaluable guide for both practicing journalists and journalists-in-training. Facing tight and unbending deadlines in a fast-paced world, reporters and editors must know how to efficiently and effectively use the Internet. A Journalist's Guide to the Internet is packed with practical information and step-by-step guidelines to show you how to avoid potential pitfalls and use the Internet to improve the quality of your journalism. Through a journalistic prism, you will learn how to think strategically about the Internet and evaluate the realibility of Internet-accessed information.

A Journalist's Guide to the Internet, Updated Edition: Shows how to judge the validity of information from the Internet, including handling rumors and misinformation. Presents lists of reporting resources, references and top data sites for news stories, sorted by category, Evaluate different electronic search engines and electronic publications. Explores mailing lists, email discussion groups and electronic newsgroup bulletin boards, Contains anecdotes by some of the best and most Internet savvy journalists from the Seattle Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Detroit Free Press, the New Orleans Times Picayune, and more. Provides a listings of 100 of the most important Internet sites for journalists today!

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Examines how reporters and editors can best use the Internet accurately and effectively to improve the quality of their journalism. The author looks at how to think strategically about the Internet, the best Internet sites for journalists, targeted search strategies, how to build a system of Internet sites specific to news beats, keeping up on new developments in the profession, and the journalistic uses of electronic mail, e-mail discussion groups, and electronic bulletin boards. Intended for college journalism students as well as professionals in the field. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205565955
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: MAKE OP, LEAVE AS SOURCEBOOKS
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Journalists and the Net 1
2 Navigating the Net 9
3 Evaluating Information from the Internet 17
4 Basic Reporting Resources and References 26
5 Top Data Sites for News Stories 34
6 On-line News: Electronic Publications 51
7 Strategic Searching 57
8 Building an Electronic Beat 69
9 Electronic Mail 75
10 Mailing Lists: E-Mail Discussion Groups 85
11 Newsgroups: Electronic Bulletin Boards 103
12 Professional Development 107
13 The Future of the Internet as a Reporting Tool 119
App A Journalist's Guide to the Internet: The Web Site 122
Index 123
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