Basic Journalism

Basic Journalism

Ask Good Questions to Make Good Ethical Decisions

From Doing Ethics By Jay Black, Bob Steele and Ralph Barney

Jay Black, Bob Steele and Ralph Barney | June 27, 2008

Ways To Market Your Newspaper

Marketing means selling your dream to others. So you can't be shy when it comes to talking about your newspaper. That's where advertising comes in. At a start-up or struggling newspaper, the best tool for advertising is frequently your own newspaper. Advertising yourself in the pages of your own newspaper does two things: (1) It gets your message to lots of people (2) It demonstrates that you have confidence in your own product. As an added benefit, you can afford it.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Practical Suggestions for Journalists Covering Catastrophe

The term "primary trauma" applies to individuals who have had first-hand experience of a catastrophic event. It would include those who survived or witnessed a catastrophe as well as those who have lost someone close to them. Telling their story to journalists can be damaging to these individuals, or it can be therapeutic. The journalist has a significant role in determining which of these it will be.

Anne Nelson, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Dr. Daniel Nelson, M.D., University of Cincinnati School of Medicine | June 27, 2008

What Makes it News?

Sure, stories abound. But what makes a story compelling enough to tell?

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Loosening Lips: The Art of the Interview

Interviewing is an art. Use these tips to master it.

Eric Nalder, Seattle Times | June 27, 2008

Exercise: Judging the News Value of a Story

Assignment: You are the editor. Decide which story in each pair has greater news value and explain your reasons.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Beginners' Guidelines for Interviewing

  1. Almost never plunge in with tough questions at the beginning. Instead, break the ice, explain who you are, what you are doing, why you went to him or her.
Leann Waxman | June 27, 2008

High number of journalists forced into exile

The number of journalists who have fled their home countries because of direct threats and violence doubled in the last year, according to a survey conducted by the Committee to Protect Journalists. | June 19, 2008

Afghan media mogul laments ban on programming

Representatives of Afghanistan’s Tolo TV station spoke last week in the U.S. about laws being imposed on Afghanistan’s media by the country’s Ministry of Information and Culture, calling the restrictions “steps backward” for a country that has come “leaps and bounds” since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Jessica Weiss, IJNet Editor | May 14, 2008

New technologies, citizen journalism changing Pakistan's media

The universal growth of electronic media has unquestionably reached the world’s sixth largest nation, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, panelists at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., said at a February 27 discussion titled “Instability in Pakistan: Implications for the Future of Independent Media.”

Jessica Weiss, IJNet Editor | February 29, 2008