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Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive
A digital literacy guide for the information age


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Journalism 2.0:
How to Survive and Thrive

A digital literacy guide
for the information age

    - By Mark Briggs     - Assistant Managing Editor for
    Interactive News, The News Tribune

Special thanks to The Knight Foundation for its support of this work.

Thanks to J-Lab Executive Director Jan Schaffer for her guidance and editing; to former editor Steve Fox for his skillful input and editing; and to J-Lab’s Craig Stone for his copyediting, Web production and publishing help. Read the rest of the acknowledgments.

(c) 2007
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park

Reported by Mark Briggs
Edited by Jan Schaffer

The PDF version of Journalism 2.0 is now available for download.

For continuing discussion of new technology for journalists, check out Mark Briggs’ Journalism 2.0 site.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Phil Meyer
Introduction by Mark Briggs

Chapter 1: FTP, MB, RSS, Oh My
    • Introduction: Today’s special? Acronym soup
    • Digital information: Megabytes, Gigabytes and Terabytes
    • How the Internet works
    • About Web browsers
    • RSS readers and feeds
    • RSS basics
    • Instant messaging
    • File Transfer Protocol

Chapter 2: Web 2.0
    • Welcome to Web 2.0
    • Web 2.0 is all about openness, organization and community
    • Tags and folksonomy: New ways to organize content
    • Can you Digg it?
    • What does this mean for journalism?
    • Don’t know where this is heading?

Chapter 3: Tools and Toys
    • Introduction
    • Tools you should be using
    • Mobile 2.0
    • iPod: The slim, sleek 800-pound gorilla
    • ‘Other’ wireless

Chapter 4: New Reporting Methods
    • Introduction
    • Spreadsheets and storing data
    • Your ‘so-called digital life’
    • Crowdsourcing
    • Distributed, collaborative or open-source reporting
    • Summary

Chapter 5: How to Blog
    • Introduction
    • What is a blog?
    • Getting started
    • Terminology
    • Mechanics
    • Frequency and handling comments
    • Using photos and screenshots
    • Love it or leave it

Chapter 6: How to Report News for the Web
    • Introduction

Chapter 7: Digital Audio and Podcasting
    • Introduction
    • The basics: Audio formats
    • Identifying opportunities
    • Buying a recorder
    • Using a microphone
    • Recording with your computer
    • Editing your audio
    • Using time points for speed

Chapter 8: Shooting and Managing Digital Photos
    • Introduction
    • The basics
    • Shooting basic photos with a digital camera
    • Editing photographs digitally
    • Summary

Chapter 9: Shooting Video for News and Feature Stories
    • Introduction
    • Digital video cameras
    • Tapes, batteries and other accessories
    • Zooming, focusing and exposure
    • Get good audio
    • Shooting the video
    • As simple as it gets
    • Do a trial run

Chapter 10: Basic Video Editing
    • Introduction
    • For Mac users: iMovie
    • For PC users: Windows Movie Maker

Chapter 11: Writing Scripts, Doing Voice-overs
    • Introduction
    • Interviewing while recording
    • Voice-overs
    • On-camera standup

Epilogue: Putting It All Together

    • Script for Hurricane Family Feature