Power Journalism: Computer-Assisted Reporting

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Providing both practical and theoretical information for student journalists who need to know how and why, POWER JOURNALISM demystifies online research by outlining and explaining computer-assisted reporting techniques. In clear, easy-to-understand explanations of the latest research technologies, this text details how and why journalists use specific resources, and provides actual computer commands for using each resource, as well as written examples by journalists who utilized the discussed technology. Resources discussed include: newsgroups; bulletin board systems; commercial databases; commercial services such as Compuserve, FTP, Gopher, the World Wide Web, CD-ROM databases, spreadsheet and database management programs; and information on nine-track tape and floppy disks.

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1. Car Chases, Elevators and Dogs Named Bear: What Computer- Assisted Reporting Is All About. 2. Journalists in Cyberspace. 3. BBS, AOL, and Other Letters of the Online Alphabet. 4. Special Deliveries: Finding People and Stories with Electronic Mail. 5. Everybody's Talking: Usenet Newsgroups and Internet Relay Chat. 6. Traveling Through Cyberspace: Telnet and FTP. 7. Gopher - Menus by the Millions. 8. An Information Explosion - The World Wide Web. 9. It's Computerized, But It's Not Online, Part I- Information on CD. 10. Finding Meaning with Spreadsheets and Database Managers - An Introduction. 11. Spreadsheets - By the Number. 12. Sorting and Matchmaking - Using a Database Management Program to Find Meaning. 13. It's Computerized, But It's Not Online, Part II - Information on Floppy Disk or Tape. 14. Life, and More Work, After CAR. 15. Legal and Ethical Questions and CAR. 16. The Learning Goes On. Appendix A: World Wide Web Sites. Appendix B: Exercises. For Further Reading. Glossary.

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