Journalism & Media

SEJ Event at ASU examines online reporting opportunities

By CAROLYN WHETZEL

Print journalists considering a dive into Web-based media should, at the very least, start a blog. Even better, develop the technical skills needed for multimedia reporting.

That advice comes from Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Citizens Journalist and Citizens Scientific Redefine Disaster Story

By BILL DAWSON

Environmental issues related to coal ash, the voluminous toxic residue that's left over when coal is burned, are nothing new to reporters in coal country. See the Inside Story interview with Tim Thornton, formerly of Virginia's Roanoke Times, on page 20 of this issue of SEJournal for one example.

"Communicating On Climate Change": An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators

Reviewed by STEFAN MILKOWSKI

 The science of climate change can be daunting. While the basic idea of anthropogenic warming is fairly simple and well understood, the mechanics behind it can be quite complex. Chemistry, physics, and biology all play critical roles.

Amid that complexity, public skepticism has flourished, especially in the U.S. As warnings grew sharper and other nations embraced ambitious plans, Americans remained largely skeptical of the basic idea that humans are warming the globe.

Spreadsheets Can Find Patterns in Words, Not Just Numbers

By DAVID POULSON

 Reporters traditionally use spreadsheets to analyze numbers and quickly calculate thousands of records.

But increasingly they also use them to analyze words and to find patterns in their notes. You don't have to know a mean from a median in those spreadsheets to uncover a hot story angle, rule out dead ends or keep yourself organized during a complex investigation.

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