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Online Journalism: The Essential Guide

by Steve Hill and Paul Lashmar SAGE Publications Ltd
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For journalists, new and social media have become indispensible tools in the telling of a story. It is crucial that the modern journalist not only has the practical skills to work with these new technologies, but is also aware of how and why these developments have taken place. Combining theory and practice, Multimedia Journalism teaches the core skills of journalism investigation, writing and editing through the prism of today's 'converged journalism. The book includes:

@!bullet-pointed objectives that pick out the learning outcomes targeted by each chapter

@!chapter introductions and conclusions that tie together the theory and practical skills covered

@!exercise questions that encourage student to reflect and comment on what they've just read

@!annotated further reading lists, including lists of relevant academic websites

@!a variety of case studies and practical examples that help bridge the gap between theory and practical application

@!a fully up-to-date companion website, including downloadable teaching resources for lecturers and detailed careers advice and industry insights for students.

What are the Essential Skills?
Understanding Your Users
Writing for the Web
Telling the Story with Images
Using Audio and Podcasts
Working with Video
Doing Investigative Reporting
Social Media and Building Online Communities
Blogging and Participatory Journalism
Freelancing and Entrepreneurial Journalism
Outputting For Web, Mobile and Tablet
Ethics and Good Practice
Law and Regulation
How the Internet Transformed Journalism

No longer merely “writing for the Web”, “online journalism” is a term which now encompasses a range of skills as broad as journalism itself, including subjects that together could fill an entire undergraduate course: from online video and audio to data and visual journalism, social media and community management, advanced search techniques and verification, new ethical and legal considerations, and programming. Even “writing for the Web” requires an exploration of search engine optimisation, social media optimisation and Web analytics. Thankfully it’s clear that in writing Online Journalism: The Essential Guide, Steve Hill and Paul Lashmar have not underestimated the scale of the challenge: the book covers almost all of the areas listed above, as well as the increasingly entrepreneurial character of journalism online.
Steve Hill is senior lecturer in journalism at Westminster University, London. Prior to joining Westminster in 2015, he lectured atSouthampton Solent University and is a freelance technology journalist.Steve is co-author of Online Journalism: The Essential Guide (SAGE, 2013) with Paul Lashmar of Brunel University. He has written about technology, the Internet and business for over 20 years. Prior to joining Solent, he worked at magazine giant EMAP in London, tech publisher (Incisive Media) and Paragon Publishing (now Imagine). He has also written on a freelance basis for: The Independent, Sunday Express, New Statesman, and Computing magazine. Over the last 20 years Steve has interviewed some well-known names including: Bob Geldof, Alan Sugar, Richard Branson, Jerry Springer, David Bowie and Martha Lane-Fox (nowBaroness Lane-Fox of Soho). He has appeared on Sky News, Radio Five Live (Simon Mayo show), BBC London (Paul Ross Breakfast Show), Radio 1 Newsbeat, LBC, The BBC News Channel as a pundit.His research interests include the usage of technology in journalism, particularly in relation to user-generated content. He studied politics at University of the West of England, Bristol and have a postgraduate journalism diploma, a masters in Media Practice, a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He currently sits on the committee of the AJE (Association for Journalism Education) and is a member of MeCSSA.