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Web Journalism JRN-4100 for Spring 2012.

The Internet is an awe-inspiring place somewhere in our minds. It has an humongous capacity to satisfy us and we have a voracious appetite for what it offers us.

Take journalism, for instance. Web journalism, a.k.a. online journalism, is converged professional journalism, digital journalism, digital news, multimedia journalism, computer-assisted reporting, today's journalism, modern journalism, post-modern journalism, new media, interactive media, digital media, open media.

What is it?
Web journalism or online journalism is the work of gathering, writing, illustrating, editing and disseminating news via the World Wide Web. The products of online journalism are Web pages that mix news text, audio, video, still photos and graphics. These news products today are not just conventional Web pages. They also are blogs, wikis, still and motion images in Flickr and YouTube streams, podcasts, Twitter tweets and Facebook pages. Sometimes these products are even produced online for audiences in three-dimensional virtual worlds like Second Life.

What shall we call a journalist who packages new information and re-purposes existing news for the Web? How about online journalist, Web journalist, web editor, web producer, cyberjournalist?

Change is in the air everywhere
It's happening all around us right now. The signs are everywhere. The standards have changed on what it takes to be a journalist in the 21st century. Today, a newspaper or magazine cannot be available only on newsstands and in mailboxes. A broadcaster cannot be just a radio station or a television channel. The Web, alone among news media, is interactive in real-time, and where we all are today. Mass media have to be available when and where their readers and audiences want them. Each traditional medium needs a presence on the World Wide Web so consumers can find them on their iPads, cellphones and wireless laptops at the most remote locations.

Online journalists need to have digital savvy, technical skills and broad knowledge. They must be able to integrate the variety of traditional newsgathering and packaging skills used in newspapers, magazines, and broadcast stations, combining them into presentations of news online that incorporate blogs, wikis, Twitter streams, Flickr images, audio and video podcasts, Facebook pages and YouTube videos. Today's public relations professionals need to be able to deliver their messages in the same way.

This course is about all that!

The complete syllabus for this course is available at this course in Blackboard » ________________________________
Dr. Tony Curtis
Department of Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
247 Old Main
acurtis@uncp.edu
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