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Web Journalism

Here you can learn how to use the web to dig up stories, then spread the word about those stories online once they're done. You can also find out about the hottest news blogs and websites, both the big boys as well as the up-and-comers.

What is Web Journalism?
With the decline of newspapers there's been a lot of talk about web journalism being the future of the news business. But what exactly do we mean by web journalism?

Can Web Journalism Replace Print Media?
With print journalism seemingly on the brink of collapse, more and more are asking whether web journalism can replace newspapers.

Use The Web As a Reporting Tool
It's clear that the web tools - websites, blogs, social networking sites and Twitter - can be a great way to promote your online journalism. But they can also be used as reporting tools, helping you gather information for your news stories, videos and blogposts. Find out how.

Eight Ways to Tell if a Website is Reliable
Reliable Websites - How to Tell if a Website is Reliable

The Basics of Blogs and the Blogosphere
A blog is a website that can be run by an individual or a group of people. It is regularly updated with blogposts that are written by the blogger, the person running the blog.

Five Tips for Creating a Successful - and Profitable - Blog
Five Tips for Creating a Successful - and Profitable - Blog

Seven Keys to a Successful Blog
So you want to start your own blog. There are literally millions of them out there, on every topic imaginable. So how can you make yours stand out?

Five Ways Journalists Can Use Facebook
Find Article Ideas, Conduct Interviews

Can Bloggers Replace Professional Journalists?
As newspapers die, blogs multiply. So the question arises, can blogs and bloggers replace professional journalists and newspapers?

Five Ways You Can Use Your Blog As a Reporting Tool
A blog is an obvious way to showcase your new articles, posts and videos. But it can also be used as a reporting tool for developing story ideas and gathering information. Here's how.

Create an Online Brand For Yourself
The Internet is where it's at as far as the news business. So if you're an aspiring journalist, the time to establish an online presence for yourself is now. You can use websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter to create an online archive of your stories and promote your work on the web.

Six Steps to Creating an Online Article Portfolio
Quick and Easy Ways to Show Off Your Clips

Tips for Shooting Digital Video
Get Close, Focus on Sound

Six Key Elements of a Person-on-the-Street Video Report
Do Plenty of Interviews, and Don't Forget the B-roll

Cheap and Easy Ways to Establish Your Presence Online
Free Blogs, Easy-to-Use Software

Great News Web Widgets to Jazz Up Your Blog or Website
It's s Easy As Cutting and Pasting Code

More Reporters Are Creating Their Own Websites
Given the turmoil facing the news business, more and more reporters are starting their own websites or blogs, driven by the need not just to archive their work, but to create an online presence - a brand - for themselves.

Journalists Use Facebook to Find Sources and Promote Stories
Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites have gotten a reputation as places where users routinely post the most mundane details of their daily lives to their closest friends. But a growing number of journalists are using Facebook and similar sites to help them find sources for stories, then spread the word to readers once those stories are published online.

Journalists Find That Twitter Can Be An Effective Reporting Tool
A growing number of journalists use Twitter as a reporting tool the same way an earlier generation of reporters used notebooks and cellphones. So many reporters and columnists are using Twitter, in fact, that a new website called MuckRack has, as its sole purpose, the job of collecting tweets from journalists around the country.

Arianna Huffington and The Huffington Post
Stories About Arianna Huffington and The Huffington Post

The One-Man Website That Broke the Jay Leno Story
Scott Jones' FTVLive.com Scoops Everybody With News That Leno's Show Would Be Moved

Blog Profile: The Drudge Report
A Pioneering Site Known For Conservative Politics and Rumor Mongering

Blog Profile: Huffington Post
Huffington Post is flashy. It's sexy. It combines gaudy tabloid excess with erudite commentary by some of the country's brightest stars in the worlds of politics, entertainment, business and journalism. And it's one of the most popular blogs on the planet, drawing millions of visitors and pageviews every month.

Website Profile: Politico.com
When it comes to political journalism, Politico.com is the brash new kid on the block that’s made giant strides – and waves – in Washington as the must-read site for the beltway cognoscenti.

Website Profile: ProPublica
The First Online News Source to Win a Pulitzer Prize

Website Profile: Talking Points Memo
Critics often accuse blogs of doing little more than copying stories done by the “real” reporters at newspapers, but Talking Points Memo has made its mark as a blog known for, among other things, first-rate reporting.

Web Content - The Era of Free News on the Web Is Ending
News websites have no choice but to begin charging for their content

Can Newspapers Survive Online?
It seems clear: The future of news is online, and printed newspapers appear headed for extinction. But the picture isn't that simple. Printed newspapers make less money than they used to, but they're still far more profitable than news websites, and until that changes, papers will be around.

Publishers Uneasy On Charging for Web Content, But Willing To Try
A new survey says nearly 60 percent of U.S. newspapers are considering charging for their web content. But the same survey says only 51 percent of newspaper publishers think doing do will actually work. Publishers aren't sure online pay walls will work, but they're so desperate to generate revenue that they're willing to try them anyway.

The Conflict Between Aggregators and Online News Sites
At Stake: Millions in Online Ad Revenue

Tech Firms Developing Ways Papers Can Charge for Online Content
Google to the rescue of the news biz? Maybe. It turns out high-tech companies are developing ways for beleaguered newspapers to charge for their online content. Google, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle all responded to a request by the Newspaper Association of America for proposals on ways to charge for online news.

Non-profit News Sites and Ethical Dilemmas Over Funding
Journalism Ethics - Ethical Questions for Non-profit News Websites

Ex-Foreign Correspondent Starts Website Focused on World News
Global Post, a website that focuses on world news, aims to produce in-depth features and enterprise stories using a network of freelancers around the globe.

For the First Time, Web-Only Newsrooms Enter the Pulitzer Contest
The folks who award the Pulitzer Prize, considered the highest honor in print journalism, will now accept submissions from web-only news operations. So some of those web-only newsrooms are taking the Pulitzer board up on its offer.

The Era of Free News Websites Is Ending
t was nice while it lasted, but now it's time to say goodbye to the era of free news content on the web. Hit hard by the recession, newspapers and other news outlets have no choice but to start charging readers to use their websites.

Study Says Newspaper Website Readership Is Up
Web surfers are reading newspaper websites more than ever. So says the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, which studies such things. The center found that internet users read online newspapers for an average of 53 minutes per week in 2008, the highest level recorded in the eight years the study has been done.

Finnish Paper’s Online-Only Move Didn't Boost Web Traffic
It's hard to tell how much can be extrapolated from this, but a study of a Finnish newspaper found that its move to an online-only operation didn't do much to boost its website traffic.

News Execs Say Kindle Won't Save Newspapers
So is Amazon's new super-sized Kindle a possible savior for newspapers in dire financial straits? Dallas Morning News CEO James Moroney said Amazon demands 70 percent of subscription revenue from newspapers, and requires content owners to grant Amazon the right to republish content to other devices.

A Q&A With Muckrack Founder Gregory Galant
Muckrack is a new site that collects tweets from journalists. Here's a Q&A with Gregory Galant, CEO of Brooklyn-based Sawhorse Media, the company behind Muckrack.

Twitter Photo of Jet in Hudson Draws Plenty of Attention on the Web
Twitter has struck again. A passenger on one of the ferries that helped rescue passengers of the U.S. Airways jet that ditched in the Hudson River on Thursday took a photo that has taken the Internet by storm. Janis Krums, of Sarasota, Fla., used his iPhone to snap a picture of passengers huddled on the jet's wing, then posted it on TwitPic.com.

From Low Pay to Layoffs, A New Site Reveals The Stuff Journalists Like
You've probably heard of the website "Stuff White People Like," a satire on, well, just what the title indicates. Now two ex-newspaper reporters have started "Stuff Journalists Like," a blog that riffs on all the things reporters say they hate but must secretly love, given they way they keep coming back for more (stuff like low pay and working holidays.)

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