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We got our start on paper, doing long articles for editors in the skyscraper offices hidden behind stacks of unsolicited manuscripts, next to the much smaller piles of agented submissions. What a treat to walk through the scruffy halls of Esquire, chat with Grace Schulman at The Nation, and to work with Tony Jones and Gwyn Cravens at Harper's.
Now we talk to our editors on the phone, swap drafts by email, and we may never physically meet our editors. We sit in our bright offices here in New Mexico, writing much shorter articles, with more headings, lots of linklists, and we do our own artwork now. The pace is faster, now: we may get a call at 5pm asking for 500 words by morning the next day, because every web publication seems to run in crisis mode.
These sites will help you make the transition from paper to electronic journalism. I've left out sites that just tell you how to do research on the web. You know how to do that. The sites I've included are devoted to helping you understand the Web scene, track trends, and improve the quality of your pieces.
A blog and supporting Web site devoted to discussion of Web development,
with an emphasis on online journalism. "I'm an Internet developer and
professional journalist living in Lawrence, Kansas, USA. My background is
evenly mixed between newspaper/Web journalism and computer programming,
and I have a passion for innovation in journalism -- through the Internet
Jonathan Dube's helpful site for anyone who writes on the Web, but
especially journalists. Tips, headlines, links to journalists' blogs,
examples of good online journalism, stories on the way news operations are
combining tv, print, and the web.. The Weblog Blog tracks blogs' impact on
journalism. An experienced journalist, Dube is now managing producer at
msnbc.com. He started the site, and then in 2002 formed a partnership with
The Media Center at the American Press Institute.
|J. D.'s New Media Musings||
Blog by J.D. Lasica, who has studied online journalism longer and in more
depth than anyone else. Check out the Articles, too, from Online
Journalism review, and other spots. J.D. goes into depth in his articles.
This blog is just highlights and links, usually ahead of the curve.
Fulltime and freelance jobs, plus internships and fellowships. The jobs
don't always get sorted into the right categories, so no matter which type
of job you choose, you may see a mix of openings at newspapers, wire
services, tv and radio, magazines, and online sites. But they do get a lot
of listings. Nice calendar of upcoming events such as conferences and job
fairs. Interesting sidebar stuff on what kind of money other media types
are making, who owns the media, how we ought to behave (media ethics), and
how to write. In general, the bias is toward print, tv, and radio, but
some web jobs sneak in.
From the American Press Institute, the toolbox contains, by their count,
20,000 online resources for journalists. Most of the links help you do
research online. But they do list sites with info on copy editing,
reporting techniques, and web writing.
|Online Journalism Review||
For news from around the world on many kinds of online writing, from the
USC Annenberg School for Communication. Plus a jobs board, and a list of
resources for online reporters. Good stuff.
|Online News Association||
A focal point for online journalists, with its own conference, and
Online resources for journalists, in a lively up-to-the-minute site. Great
columnists, including , Jim Romenesko, Steve Outing, and Sree Sreenivasan
with news items and fascinating articles by real writers--and researchers.
A conscience for journalists and publishers, set up as a charitable
organization in 1993 by people who claim they have been victims of media
abuse. "We believe that press freedom is a responsibility exercised by
journalists on behalf of the public. Our primary purpose is to provide
advice, information, research and training on all aspects of media policy,
practice and law."
|Stop the Presses!||
Steve Outing's column for Editor and Publisher, a magazine for newspaper
bosses who are wondering how much content to put online, and how. The rest
of us are lucky to get to look over their shoulders when Steve takes on
issues such as paid content, the decline of newspapers, problems with
registration, journalistic blogging, and alternatives to email
newsletters. Steve is always sharp, aware of trends in the print world,
and sensitive to the kind of problems that most publishers would rather
|University of California Graduate School of Journalism||
Writing-related job banks on the Internet, with a focus on reporting jobs. Most jobs are in traditional TV, radio, and newspapers; but some are online.
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