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Foust (Bowling Green State University) combines general conventions, basic technological information, and practical applications in this text for undergraduates. After an overview of online journalism and its technical foundations, the text examines the actual techniques of online journalism, from writing to Web page design, and discusses issues that online journalists will face now and in the future. Learning features include objectives, activities, exercises, a glossary, and b&w screen shots on almost every page. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890871567
  • Publisher: Holcomb Hathaway Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
To the Student xv
Chapter 1 Introduction to Online Journalism 1
Goals 1
What is Journalism? 6
Fairness 6
Attribution 8
Accuracy 8
Relevance 8
Newness 9
Advantages of Online Journalism 9
Audience Control 9
Nonlinearity 10
Storage and Retrieval 10
Unlimited Space 11
Immediacy 11
Multimedia Capability 13
Interactivity 13
Types of Online Journalism Sites 13
Evaluating Online Sites 15
Who Is Producing the Site? 15
What Is the Content of the Site? 16
Is the Information Accurate? 16
How Often Is the Information Updated? 16
What Does the Site Look Like? 17
Beginning Your Journey Into Online Journalism 17
What's Next 18
Activities 18
Chapter 2 Tools and Terminology 19
Goals 19
The Internet and the World Wide Web 20
Early Development of the Internet 20
Text-Based Internet Applications 21
Development of the World Wide Web 22
How the World Wide Web Works 22
Digital Media 24
Understanding Digital: Bits, Bytes and the Like 24
Types of Digital Media 25
Hardware 31
Bandwidth 32
Computer Considerations 33
Software 35
Browsers and Plug-Ins 35
Authoring Software 35
Editing Software 36
What's Next 36
Activities 36
Chapter 3 HTML and Authoring 37
Goals 37
HTML Standards 38
Basic HTML 38
Structural Tags 40
Tags for Graphics and Links 43
Formatting Text 44
Using Preformatted HTML Commands 46
Using HTML Tags for Text Formatting 47
Using Cascading Style Sheets 49
Using Authoring Programs 51
Web Creation and Management 51
Basic Program Operation 53
Text Formatting 56
Links, Images and Multimedia Elements 58
Putting Your Files on the Web 58
What's Next 60
Activities 60
Chapter 4 Working in Online Journalism 61
Goals 61
Creating Online Journalism 62
Online Journalism Content 62
Convergence 63
Content Management Systems 65
Online News Processes 69
Online Journalism Organizations: Three Case Studies 70
WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive 70
CJOnline 77
What's Next 82
Activities 82
Chapter 5 Using Online Reporting Sources 83
Goals 83
The Internet as a Reporting Source 84
E-Mail Related Sources 86
Using E-mail 87
Newsgroups 87
Listservs 88
Web Page-Based Sources 89
General Reference Sources 89
Specialized Sources for Journalists 90
Search Engines 92
Directories 94
Online Journalism Sites 96
Databases 96
Evaluating Sources 99
Evaluating Top-Level Domains 99
Personal Web Pages 102
Other Evaluation Criteria 103
Being Careful: External Links and Hackers 104
What's Next 105
Activities 105
Chapter 6 Web Page Design 107
Goals 107
Basic Online Journalism Design 108
Layout Grids 108
Page Dimensions 109
Usability 113
Principles of Design 113
Unity 115
Contrast 115
Hierarchy 117
Consistency 118
Using Text 119
Font Classifications 119
Text Alignment 121
Line Length 121
Text Techniques to Avoid 123
Using Color and Graphics 124
Color Considerations 124
Graphics and Storage Space 125
Graphic Design Elements 128
Using Tables to Design Web Pages 128
Creating Tables 130
Creating a Page Layout Grid 133
What's Next 140
Activities 142
Chapter 7 Writing and Editing Online 143
Goals 143
Writing for the Online Reader 144
Short Sentences and Paragraphs 145
Subheads and Bolding 146
Bullet Points and Lists 150
Voice 151
Text-Based Online Story Forms 151
Print Plus 152
Layered Stories: By Detail 152
Layered Stories: By Topic 156
Updating Online Stories 159
What's Next 167
Activities 168
Chapter 8 Using Links in Online Stories 169
Goals 169
Creating Links Using HTML 170
Using the Anchor Tag 170
Setting the Link Target 172
Linking Issues 174
Permission to Link 174
Link Maintenance 174
Taking Users Away from Your Story 175
Selecting Links 175
Link Functions 175
Paring Links 177
Presenting Links 177
Main Story Links 178
Sidebar Links 180
Shells 185
Beat Shells 186
Issue Shells 188
Story Shells 188
User Shells 188
What's Next 190
Activities 190
Chapter 9 Multimedia and Interactivity 191
Goals 191
Types of Media Elements 194
Graphics 194
Sound 196
Video 199
Rich Content 200
Advanced Interactivity 203
Forums and Blogs 203
Databases 204
Making Media Decisions 204
Nature of the Story 204
Target Audience 205
Available Resources 206
Examples of Interactive and Multimedia Content 206
What's Next 214
Activities 214
Chapter 10 Legal and Ethical Issues 215
Goals 215
Libel 216
Libel Liability 216
Forum Shopping 218
Obscenity and Indecency 219
Copyright 220
Fair Use 221
Copyright on the Internet 222
Copyright and the Online Journalist 223
Linking Law 225
Deep Linking 226
Inline Linking 227
Framing 228
Associative Linking 229
Linking to Illegal or Infringing Material 230
Legal Implications for Online Journalists 231
Ethical Issues 232
Linking 232
Blogging 233
What's Next 235
Activities 235
Chapter 11 Opportunities and Challenges 237
Goals 237
The Economic Structure of Online Journalism 238
Selling Advertising 238
Charging Subscription Fees 241
Offering Value-Added Services 241
The Role of Online Journalism in Society 242
Delivery to Other Devices 246
Convergence 247
Service to Underrepresented Communities 248
Service to Users with Disabilities 248
What's Next 250
Activities 250
Appendix A Common Text-Formatting Selectors in CSS 253
Appendix B Common Positioning and Design Selectors in CSS 255
Glossary 257
Index 265
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