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1. Journalism in a digital age.
Digital journalism defined; Functions of the press in a digital society; Defining news on the net; News values; Agenda setting and the Internet; Online gatekeeping; Technological determinism; The new global village.
2. Core values online.
Seeking truth; Accuracy online; Fairness; Clarity; Avoiding sensationalism and extremes; Round-the-clock deadlines and their impact; Serving the community.
3. Legal and ethical considerations.
Free press, fair trial; Libel; Invasion of privacy; Plagiarism; Fair use of content; Conflicts of interest; Safety of sources and newsmakers; Withholding information; Distorting content; Stereotyping; Going undercover; Commercial pressure.
4. Digital storytelling: its own genre.
The 5 “I’s”; Interactivity; Immediacy; Involvement; Integration; In-depth opportunities.
5. Learning from the “old” media.
Radio’s changing leads; The wires and updating; Adapting broadcast and print writing styles; Headlines for the Web; Using audio as an “extra” ; When video is appropriate; Focus on the human element.
6. Framing stories for the Web.
Framing defined; Story elements and framing; Multimedia and framing; Framing and the interactive audience.
7. Digital storytelling tools.
Chunking material; Pull-outs; Timelines; Online polls; Graphics; Slideshows; Links; Databases; Quizzes; Games; Fact boxes.
8. The reporting process—new considerations.
Sourcing with e-mail; Audience participation through interactivity and its impact on the story; Juggling gear in the field; Producer-driven versus reporter-driven news.
9. Working with images.
Research in visual communication; Visuals and attention; Visuals and memory; Visuals and meaning; Visuals and social reality construction; Visual stereotyping; Using visuals in digital storytelling.
10. Operating within a convergence model.
Cultural issues; Communication issues; Reporting live; Competition; Realistic expectations.