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Check out some clever ideas. Find an expert. Do some database research. These resources are designed to help you jumpstart your reporting.

Yahoo! Style Guide

"Learn how to write and edit for a global audience through best practices from Yahoo!"

Beginning Reporting

A website for beginning reporters, those studying the craft and their teachers.

Digital Journalist Survival Guide: A Glossary of Tech Terms You Should Know

A comprehensive glossary of terms associated with Internet journalism. Terms every digitally enthused journalist should know.

My High School Journalism

My High School Journalism describes itself as the world's largest host of teen-generated news.

Citizen Media Law Project

The Citizen Media Law Project is a new pro bono initiative hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Knight Digital Media Center

The Knight Digital Media Center is a partnership between the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism that provides fellowships and multimedia training resources for aspiring New Media journalists.

Rich Gordon’s Online Community Cookbook

In the past year or so, the newspaper industry has devoted considerable attention to online communities. Newspapers have launched blogs, opened up discussion via article comments, built new online communities themselves (for instance, dozens of "moms" sites) and begun to experiment with the new world of social network sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Medill's Rich Gordon ties all of these developments together into a structured format in order to understand, build, and sustain online communities.

Center for Social Media’s Guide to Fair Use in Online Video

This guide by the Center for Social Media at American University's School of Communication is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances.

Journalism 2.0 PDF Downloads

Download PDF versions of Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive in various languages here.

IJNet’s 10 Steps to Citizen Journalism Online

The International Center for Journalists and created this interactive training module as a basic introduction to hyperlocal news sites and blogs. You will need the Adobe Flash player to view the module.

The New West FAQ for Online Community Journalism Entrepreneurs

Jonathan Weber, editor and founder of, created this FAQ for those interested in creating local online news sites. Weber covers why he started New West, its revenue models and expected profits, how to get content, what technology is available, who the competitors are and more.

Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive

A guide to help professional and amateur news producers understand and implement digital tools to enhance their reporting. Written by Mark Briggs, assistant managing editor for interactive news at The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington.

Community News Sites

Our list of community news sites.

Things We Like

KCNN is constantly exploring citizen media sites for good ideas to share with you. Check them out. Suggest things we should look at.

Jump Start Your Reporting

Do you need to find an expert fast, research your U.S. Senator's voting record, investigate a local nonprofit? Here are some databases that can provide some shortcuts.

Journalism Training Sites

Here are some web sites that offer even more journalism training. Check them out.