Winter 2000

Technology Is Changing Journalism Just as It Always Has

Our journey into the digital future begins with an essay by Tom Regan, associate editor of The Christian Science Monitor’s Web site. His advice: Remember that technology is changing journalism, “as it always has;” wireless is the next publishing realm, and the Web—as a news distribution method—is (almost) already dead.

The Internet, Technology and Journalism
Peering Into the Digital Future
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Technology Is Changing Journalism
Just as it always has.
By Tom Regan
The Beginning (and End) of an Internet Beat
The Net story is no longer about cultural shifts. It’s about money.
By Elizabeth Weise
Digitization and the News
For better or for worse, the digital revolution is changing journalism.
By Nancy Hicks Maynard
The Internet, the Law, and the Press
From e-mail use to global distribution, legal decisions might hamper press freedoms.
By Adam Liptak
Meeting at the Internet’s Town Square
Will information fragmentation splinter society?
Excerpts From a Speech By Dan Rather
Why the Internet Is (Mostly) Good for News
Concerns about news trends on the Web sound all too familiar.
By Lee Rainie
Taming Online News for Wall Street
‘Today’s journalism has acquired a drive-by quality….’
By Arthur E. Rowse
While TV Blundered on Election Night, the Internet Gained Users
In the next election cycle, look for greater integration of TV and Internet coverage.
By Hugh Carter Donahue, Steven Schneider, and Kirsten Foot
Preserving the Old While Adapting to What’s New
In today’s journalism, digital imaging tries to crowd out the still photograph.
By Kenny Irby
Wanted: a 21st Century Journalist (1 comment)
Drop the arrogance. Be interactive. Have technological savvy.
By Patti Breckenridge
Is Including E-Mail Addresses in Reporters’ Bylines a Good Idea?
At The Miami Herald, the jury of journalists is still deliberating.
By Mark Seibel
Responding to E-Mail Is an Unrealistic Expectation
At The Courier-Journal, a columnist sends back postcards.
By Betty Bayé
Interactivity—Via E-Mail—Is Just What Journalism Needs
At The Christian Science Monitor, reporters welcome contact with readers.
By Tom Regan
E-Mail Deluge
Excerpted from a story by D.C. Denison
Financing News in the Internet Era
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
On the Web, It’s Survival of the Biggest
‘The real issue is not about the quality of journalism, but the business of media.’
By Mark Sauter
Merging Media to Create an Interactive Market
New strategies are used to fund the expensive business of newsgathering.
Excerpt From a Speech By Jack Fuller
Web Journalism Crosses Many Traditional Lines
‘Why shouldn’t journalists help create a new model for financing our work?’
By David Weir
Independent Journalism Meets Business Realities on The Web
‘Who is going to pay for independent voices to be heard?’
By Danny Schechter
Economics 101 of Internet News (2 comments)
Supply expands, but has demand been adequately nurtured?
By Jay Small
The Web Pulled Viewers Away From the Olympic GamesThe Web Pulled Viewers Away From the Olympic Games
From Sydney, it was a tale of two technologies, yesterday’s and tomorrow’s.
By Gerald B. Jordan
Building New Homes for News
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Not Just a Newspaper on the Web
At projo.com, value is added when newspaper and Web staffs work together.
By Andrea Panciera
Broadband Technology Brings News Video to the Web
Consumers—not journalists—decide what stories will be watched.
By Jonathan Klein
The Wired Revolution
At Reuters, journalists package multimedia news to fit consumers’ needs.
By Katie King
Multimedia Reporting in a Never-Ending News Cycle
A Tampa reporter covers a murder trial for TV, newspaper and the Web.
By Jackie Barron
Protesters Develop Their Own Global Internet News Service
‘The IMC was an end-run around the information gatekeepers….’
By John Tarleton
Revealing What’s Happening in Schools
By using the Web, students can become frontline reporters.
Excerpt From a Seminar By John Gage
Curator's Corner
Journalism in the Era of the Web
It’s feisty and combative, but is it compatible with journalism’s highest standards?
By Bob Giles
Helping Reporters’ Fingers Do Some Walking
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Computers Help to Transform Statistics Into Stories
A Chicago Tribune reporter unearths patterns of fatal nursing errors.
By Mike Berens
Training Journalists to Use Technological Tools in Reporting
The proof of how well this works is in the story.
By Brant Houston
Looking for Help in All the Right Places
In an online community of journalists, help can be just a click away.
By Patricia A. Coleman
The Internet as a Reporter’s Tool
‘I’d be lost without it.’
By Jim Morrill
Gathering Context and Contacts
A listserv is an invaluable resource for education reporters.
By Bill Graves
Training Tomorrow’s Journalists in a Global Medium
This digital era demands new imagination in education.
By Jerome Aumente
Needed: Help From Journalism Schools (1 comment)
Excerpt From a Speech By Anders Gyllenhaal
Developing a Global Interactive Dialogue
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
It’s the Old West in the New East
In India, dot-coms create a gold rush for journalists but so far not much gold.
By Rakesh Kalshian
Digital Dividends for Journalism in Africa
While obstacles abound, the potential Internet payoff could be huge.
By Tanya Accone
A Glimpse at Digital Resistance
‘…new technology is not just a tool but is freedom itself.’
By András Vágvölgyi
Technology Replaces Legs and Ropes at The Bangkok Post
But fortunately, publishing the news still relies on human interaction.
By Songpol Kaopatumtip
Coffee and Copy at Asian Internet Cafés
Keeping the keys to the electronic office out of government hands.
By Philip J. Cunningham
Journalists’ Use of the Internet Bubbled Up From Underground
It helped to topple a corrupt president, but now poverty prevents its spread.
By Andreas Harsono
Le Monde Moves a Big Story to Its Web Site
A national uproar leads to criticism and concerns.
By Françoise Lazare
Journalist’s Trade
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Caught in a Master Narrative
It’s Why Many Stories About Child Welfare Get It Wrong.
By Richard Wexler
Child Welfare Reporting: Things Sources Say That Almost Always Aren’t True
By Richard Wexler
Press Coverage and Public Perception
In child welfare reporting, even good daily coverage can be distorting.
By Nina Bernstein
Confidentiality Acts to Shield Abuse in Foster Care (1 comment)
At The Denver Post, reporters reveal what is happening to foster children.
By Patricia Callahan
Fighting to Break the Barrier of Confidentiality
When children in the child welfare system die, reporters work to find out why.
By Jane Hansen
Goliath Arrives and a Few Davids Depart
In a Vietnamese enclave, community publications feel pressure from Knight Ridder.
By Blair Tindall
Journalists Won’t Miss This ‘Deadline’
TV drama’s portrayal of a newspaper columnist was more sleuth than truth.
By Don Aucoin
International Journalism
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Moving From Soviet Domination to Press Freedom
Creating an independent and financially viable press is hard.
By John Maxwell Hamilton
Political Leanings Shape Newspaper Coverage
In Spain, the language used in schools is a journalistic hot potato.
By Michael Elkin
Nieman Notes
A Photojournalist Portrays a Changing Community
By Nuri Vallbona
From Carbon Copies to E-Mail
In 45 years, the way journalists send words has changed.
By Richard Dudman