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Journalism Next

Journalism Next
A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing

Third Edition

A roadmap for journalists to reference time after time

July 2015 | 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
Introduction: Journalism is about people, not technology
Welcome to the age of transformation  
What job can I get in journalism?  
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  
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,  
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,  
Summary: Start small, but make sure you start  
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

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
Key features


  • Blogging and microblogging have been merged into one chapter for readers to conveniently reference blogging information.
  • Crowdsourcing and managing news as a conversation are discussed in the same chapter to help readers effectively build and manage online communities. 
  • New tools and software featured throughout, including Twitter, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, and more, show readers how to leverage digital technology in an ever-changing media landscape.
  • Six new Newsroom Innovators installments contributed by digital pioneers from leading news outlets including The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and CNBC go behind the scenes to share valuable tips and suggestions.  


  • Newsroom Innovators: Go behind the scenes with top professionals who share valuable tips and suggestions.
  • Drilling Down: Breakout boxes help readers move beyond the basics to more technical and advanced concepts.
  • Get Going Checklists: Learn by doing. Step-by-step instructions allow readers to jump right in.
  • Visual graphics of supplemental how-to instructions illustrate ways that news sites are effectively using technology.

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