Looking for a textbook for online journalism?

The PDF version of “Journalism 2.0” (132 pages) is available for download (free) at the Knight Citizen News Network (J-Lab) Web site.

  • Foreword by Phil Meyer
  • Chapter 1: FTP, MB, RSS, Oh My
  • Chapter 2: Web 2.0
  • Chapter 3: Tools and Toys
  • Chapter 4: New Reporting Methods
  • Chapter 5: How to Blog
  • Chapter 6: How to Report News for the Web
  • Chapter 7: Digital Audio and Podcasting
  • Chapter 8: Shooting and Managing Digital Photos
  • Chapter 9: Shooting Video for News and Feature Stories
  • Chapter 10: Basic Video Editing
  • Chapter 11: Writing Scripts, Doing Voice-overs
  • Epilogue: Putting It All Together

See complete contents listing.

I have not had time to evaluate this yet, but it might save a lot of journalism students from buying an out-of-date textbook this fall! If you’ve given it a thorough examination, please post a comment and let us know what you think of it.

Update (July 26): Ron Sylvester wrote on his blog, Multimedia Reporter: “The guys out there pushing 50, like me, really can benefit from this.”

14 Comments on “Looking for a textbook for online journalism?

  1. I looked very quickly at all the pages. Many parts of it didn’t have anything new for me, but the audio and video parts seemed quite useful. Generally, I think it’s a great resource for the beginners. Everything is explained very clearly.

  2. I’m 66 pages in so far and here’s the initial impression: good, basic information aimed at newcomers; slightly dated (2006); good, quick read.

    This would work fine as an introductory textbook because of the scope but would require some handholding by the teacher/prof to get students through it. For example, delicious (I can never get the dots right) is mentioned in passing, but there’s no detail on setting up an account and using it. And I just finished the chapter on blogging which doesn’t get into how to set up a blog.

    I’ll probably assign this to my students as a recommended text, primarily to give them a good, introductory grounding to build on.

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  4. Thanks, Sanam. Thanks, Mark. I hope I get a chance to check it out in the next few days.

  5. I need to amend what I wrote earlier, having worked my way further in. This is a good overview but much of it is too basic for my students. What it will be really handy for is using as a base for building more in-depth lessons on.

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  7. I skimmed the video section.

    It needs proofing: a lav and a wireless are not the same thing, nor are a wide shot and an establishing shot.

    It also needs updating: “powerful lighting is essential”, “always use a tripod”, “never zoom” are not useful or accepted guidelines in 2007.

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  13. Could suggest recommended reading for would be journalists in UK starting at GCSE A level base, also best course distance learning (degree, media studies , journalism ) also best hands on modern short hand learning book.

    Regards

    Rob

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