In summary…

This blog was kept from fall 2008 to fall 2009. It was started as a platform to share what I learned during an independent study of online journalism and how it impacts the roles of today’s journalists when I was a student at Whitworth University (Read more in the “About” section). I shared insights as well as provided reading lists to what others were saying on the topic.

The most popular blog post on this site continues to be “The skills you need to be a journalist today,” which lists the skills as well as technical tools journalists are expected to have today according to those in and around the field.

As I transitioned into the profession after graduation, I moved on to other projects, but I have continued to follow online journalism trends. These days you can see what I’m reading on that topic by following me on Twitter or checking out what I share through GoogleReader.

Thank you to all who visited, read and commented on posts during this blog’s lifespan. You were and are much appreciated.

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Online Journalism Links: 8/18/2009

Here are some links to recent articles and posts about online journalism I found interesting:

Editor & Publisher: “More than 170 dailies sign on with Journalism Online:  More than 500 newspapers, magazines and other sites have agreed to work with Journalism Online, a company that plans to help news organizations monetize online content. Affiliates select their own pay models.

J-Lab: “Five news organizations join networked journalism project: Several news organizations including the Seattle Times and the Miami Herald agreed to work with at least five hyperlocal news sites or produces in their communities to gather ideas and lessons for future content collaborations.

Inside “The role of research in the redesign: Read this to find out more about what went in to NPR‘s Web site redesign, including interviews, surveys and usability tests.

NewsPay: “New York Times invites discussion of paid content: Readers have joined an Insight Lab to discuss the Times and its endeavors.


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Online Journalism Links: 8/11/2009

Here are some links to recent articles and posts about online journalism I found interesting:

Poynter: “Business Insider looks at how people share content online”: This post highlights a recent chart that broke down how people share content online.  The highest percentage, 24 percent, of survey participants use Facebook. This kind of information, Will Sullivan points out, is useful for news organizations in understanding where and how people get driven to to their sites.

Poynter: “Bloggers, reporters handle user comments differently on news sites”: This article highlights trends that bloggers are more likley than reporters to interact with their audience and engage particpants. This creates confusion for readers and unmet expectations, Patrick Thorton writes.

MediaShift: “How computer-assisted reporters evolved into programmer/journalists”: This post examines the rise of computer-assisted reporting and the emergence of data as an important part of online journalism.

Knight Digital Media Center: “Pitfalls of the paywall”: This post is one of many debating the benefits and disadvantages of paying for content online. Michele McLellan poses five questions local publishers should consider before constructing a paywall.

Food for thought

Here are some additional links with ideas for newsrooms to help improve their work online and across platforms:

A month hiatus from blogging: What I learned

Those of you who follow this blog more regularly may have noticed that I’ve been missing in action for the past month. While I blame this partially on my lack of Internet at my house, the intensity of my job in July and feelings reminiscent of summer vacation, I also wanted to take a break to reevaluate my media habits (Thank you, Jim McPherson).

Here’s what I learned about my media consumption in a month hiatus from blogging:

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