Much has changed since the first edition of Journalism Next became available in 2009, when the world had not yet heard of Instagram, Pinterest or Snapchat. But the core concept of this guidebook—to leverage digital technology to do better journalism—has not changed at all.
What is coming “next” in journalism? No one knows for sure, but we can all agree that it will be digital. Social networks will always come and go, and digital technology will continue to evolve at a dizzying pace. The pursuit of harnessing it to do better journalism will never end.
Learning about new technology is nice, but it’s not enough. With that in mind I’m proud to announce that a completely revised third edition of Journalism Next is now available. What makes this book essential reading for students, professors and working journalists is the connection it makes between new technology and emerging concepts with the core principles of journalism.
To help you get your arms around the limitless possibilities, the book starts with basic concepts like Web design, blogging and crowdsourcing. Once you have a sufficient digital foundation, you’ll explore specialized skills in multimedia, including audio, video and photography. The final section takes you through more advanced concepts, including data-driven journalism and building an online audience.
The goal is to get you going with a new skill or concept right away. After all, there’s no time to waste. The summary checklists at the ends of the chapters spell out specifically how you can do just that.
Since this is a practical guide, each chapter features a “Newsroom Innovator.” These sections offer tips and suggestions from working professionals who are subject-matter experts in their field—in their own words. You’ll read specific examples from Sona Patel of the New York Times, Robert Smith of NPR’s Planet Money, Etan Horowitz of CNN and Marissa Nelson of the CBC.
Jennifer Preston also wrote an inspiring foreword and is one of the true leaders in digital journalism.
I would like to thank them and all of the other experts who contributed, either directly or indirectly, to this edition, as well as the fine folks at CQ Press who made the process as smooth as possible.
Getting started with new technology can be intimidating. Making sense of it and finding the right opportunities with regard to journalism are additional challenges that have kept many smart news professionals on the digital sidelines.
Don’t let that happen to you. Jump in, get going and help build what’s “next” in journalism.