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Journalism Next
A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing

Third Edition

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Journalism | Mass Communication

368 pages | CQ Press
The Third Edition of Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing is the most informed, practical, and succinct guide to digital technology for journalists. Author Mark Briggs’ forward-thinking techniques and accessible style prepares today’s journalists for tomorrow’s media landscape transformations. Readers will learn how to effectively blog, crowdsource, use mobile technology, mine databases, and expertly capture audio and video to report with immediacy, cultivate community, and convey compelling stories. Briggs helps readers quickly improve their digital literacy by presenting the basics and building on them to progress towards more specialized skills within multimedia. Readers will become equipped to better manage online communities and build an online audience. Journalism Next is a quick yet valuable read that provides a detailed roadmap for journalists to reference time and time again.  

 
 
Foreword By Jennifer Preston, vice president, journalism, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
 
Preface
 
UNIT ONE: BASICS
 
Introduction: Journalism is about people, not technology
Welcome to the age of transformation

 
What job can I get in journalism?

 
Summary

 
 
1 We are all Web workers now
Digital information

 
What is it? How the Internet works

 
How Web servers work

 
How Web browsers work

 
What is it? Syndicated content with RSS

 
What’s Next? Set up an RSS reader and subscribe to feeds

 
What is it? FTP (file transfer protocol)

 
What's Next? Set up an FTP program

 
Web-design basics

 
What is it? How Web pages work

 
What’s Next? Build an HTML page quickly

 
What is it? CSS (cascading style sheets)

 
What's Next? Add CSS to HTML

 
What is it? XML (extensible markup language)

 
What is it? Content management systems

 
What’s Next? Launch a WordPress site

 
What is it? Mobile apps versus mobile Web

 
What’s Next? Make a WordPress site for mobile

 
Newsroom Innovator: Burt Herman, Storify

 
Summary: Start to see digital opportunities

 
 
2 Blogging and microblogging: Publish, distribute and connect
What is it? Blog basics

 
What is it? Microblogging basics

 
What's Next? Make a plan, create a blog

 
What's Next? How to build an audience for your blog

 
What's Next? Start using Twitter

 
Newsroom Innovator: Matt Thompson, NPR

 
Summary: Love it or lease it

 
 
3 Crowd-powered collaboration
What is it? Crowdsourcing

 
What is it? Open-source reporting

 
What is it? Pro-am journalism

 
What is it? Managing news as a conversation

 
What’s Next? Build and manage a community online

 
What’s Next? Keep conversations accurate and ethical

 
Newsroom Innovator: Sona Patel, The New York Times

 
Summary: Collaborative publishing, social media are here to stay

 
 
4 Going mobile
What is it? Mobile journalism

 
What’s Next? Making mobile journalism

 
Newsroom Innovator: Etan Horowitz, CNN Digital

 
Summary: Mobile future

 
 
UNIT TWO: MULTIMEDIA
 
5 Visual storytelling with photographs
What is it? Digital photography

 
What’s Next? Shooting better photos with a digital camera

 
What’s Next? Working with digital photographs

 
What’s Next? Publish your photos online

 
Newsroom Innnovator: Josh Trujillo, SeattlePl.com

 
Summary: Photography is a critical tool for journalists

 
 
6 Making audio journalism visible
What is it? Audio journalism

 
What’s Next? Get started with audio

 
What’s Next? Gear up and get out there

 
What’s Next? Editing digital audio

 
What’s Next? Start podcasting

 
Newsroom Innovator: Robert Smith, NPR Planet Money

 
Summary: Audio journalism—Part of next big thing

 
 
7 Telling stories with video
What is it? The digital video revolution

 
What’s Next? Plan your video and go

 
What’s Next? Voice in video

 
What’s Next? Gear up and get out there

 
What’s Next? Shooting good video

 
What’s Next? Working with digital video files

 
What’s Next? Publishing video online

 
Newsroom innovator: Matt Mrozinski, WTHR, TVNewsStoryTellers.com

 
Summary: Start small, but make sure you start

 
 
UNIT THREE: EDITING AND DECISION MAKING
 
8 Data-driven journalism and digitizing your life
What is it? Your digital life

 
What is it? Data-driven journalism

 
What’s Next? Building spreadsheets, databases

 
What is it? Map mashups

 
What’s Next? Build an interactive map with data

 
Newsroom Innovator: Ryan Pitts, The Spokesman-Review

 
Summary: Better life, better journalism

 
 
9 Building a digital audience for news
What is it? Measuring journalism

 
What’s Next? Track all that you publish

 
What’s Next? Track your audience

 
What is it? Search engine optimization (SEO)

 
What’s Next? Use SEO to grow your audience

 
What Next? Use social media as distribution channels

 
Newsroom Innovator: Marissa Nelson, CBC News & Centres

 
Summary: Track, measure, distribute, adapt

 
 
Appendix: Suggested Web resources
 
About the Author
 
Index

I have passed this to a colleague who teaches media and mass communication. He is considering it. For business communications, it probably is not ideal. It has been written with practitioners in mind. We use books that are more theoretical in nature. Undoubtedly, this is an excellent book for trainees, however.

Mr Kenneth Anthony Wilkinson
Dept of Marketing, Ops & Digital Busin, Manchester Metropolitan University
February 15, 2016

The text is current and relevant for our advanced reporting students in multimedia journalism.

Dr Gabriel B. Tait
Journalism Printing Dept, Arkansas State University
December 23, 2015

A well-written and interesting book which I recommend as supplemental reading to those students who are interested in finding out more about digital journalism, especially in relation to PR.

Ms Olga Mitterfellner
Mode Management, Mediadesign Hochschule
August 26, 2015

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Mark E. Briggs

Mark Briggs is the author of “Journalism 2.0” and “Entrepreneurial Journalism” and maintains a widely read blog at www.journalism20.com/blog. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at journalism, media and technology conferences throughout the United States and overseas. He is currently the director of digital media at KING-TV in Seattle, and he previously served as assistant managing editor for Interactive News at The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., and as new-media director at The Herald in Everett, Wash. He earned journalism degrees from Gonzaga University and the University of North Carolina and was an adjunct professor at Seattle... More About Author

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