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Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11

Chapter 1:  On Writing Well

Elements of Style (original 1918 edition) by William Strunk, Jr. (
A free, online edition of the classic guide to writing well.

“More Cliches Than You Can Shake a Stick At”
A list of journalistic cliches compiled by Mimi Burkhardt on the Web site for the American Copy Editors Society.

Poynter Institute’s Writer’s Toolbox (
Tips and best practices from, and blogs by, some of Poynter’s writing faculty, including Roy Peter Clark and Chip Scanlan

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (
Style guides, writing and teaching helps, and resources for grammar and writing mechanics.


Chapter 2:  New Media versus Old Media

Arts & Letters Daily (
A great example of a site for all writers and readers

Living Internet (
A comprehensive site about all things Internet

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (
Style guides, writing and teaching helps, and resources for grammar and writing mechanics. (
Jakob Nielsen’s site, for usability studies and a wealth of intelligence on design

Webgrammar (
An excellent online writing source

Additional Resources

For learning basic HTML/XHTML, including publishing to the Web:

For more on CSS, visit or O’Reilly Publishers.

Keep an eye out, too, for OPML (outlining markup language) and Ajax (asynchronous javascript with XHTML). In short, CSS is the W3C-approved method for adding to and enriching the visual presentation of Web documents, allowing Web authors to mimic the sophisticated layout and pagination of desktop publishing with clean, easy-to-maintain scripts.

In addition, the Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley has a brief tutorial on using Soundslides to create slideshows with audio, including how to convert audio files to MP3 format, a common problem in putting these presentations together:


Chapter 3:  Screen Writing: Online Style and Techniques

Jakob Nielsen’s “Writing for the Web” (
This booklet, created primarily for commercial sites, contains some of Nielsen’s instructions on maximizing readership.

Web Style Guide, 3rd edition (
Companion site to Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton.

“The Usability of Open Source Software” (
A peer-reviewed paper from David M. Nichols and Michael B. Twidale that “reviews the existing evidence of the usability of open source software and discusses how the characteristics of open source development influence usability.”

International Journal of Human Computer Studies' Usability Special Issue (
Provides eight Adobe Acrobat .pdf versions of reprints of several usability articles, which are a bit dated but still useful.

The GNOME Usability Study Report from Sun Microsystems and the GNOME open source project (
Report includes a set of user testing studies from March 2001 and 32 design and development suggestions based on those studies.

Steve Krug’s usability Web site (
Krug takes the individual user’s perspective and is sensitive to small business and small publication owners.


Chapter 4:  Headlines and Hotlinks: The Electronic Essentials

Evolution of Type (
Multimedia presentation on the development of typography

Identifont (
Online directory of typefaces. Can be used to select type or to identify type.

Jeff Jarvis’s Buzz Machine blog, specifically his Golden Rule of Links (
Jarvis teaches journalism at City University of New York

Time Magazine’s “The Ag” blog (
A model of how and when to hyperlink, and to what kinds of information to link


Chapter 5:  Know Your Audience

American Copy Editors Society (
Resources at the site include reference materials, quizzes and help in discussion – Style Guides (
Online listing of style guides and manuals, including a handful of guides specifically for online usage.

Guide to Grammar and Style (
Online guide to grammar, style, and usage by Jack Lynch, Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University.

InfoDesign (
Articles about information design.

Poynter Institute, Online section(
Poynter offers some of the richest information for journalists anywhere. This section of Poynter’s vast site is dedicated to online and technology. (
Links to sources and resources about site navigation

The Slot: A Spot for Copy Editors. (
Site of Bill Walsh, long-time copyeditor and author of several books on editing.

Society of News Design (
The society is for designers in journalism, and the site offers resources selected for this group.

W3’s Web style guide for online hypertext. ( )
This document was written in the early days of the web, defining such terms as “webmaster,” the “” convention, and a few basic points which are just as valid today. Readers should note that the site has not been updated to discuss recent developments in HTML, and it is out of date in many places.


Chapter 6:  Getting It Right: Online Editing, Designing and Publishing

Alysson Troffer’s Writing Effectively Online (
Troffer’s research on hypertext and strategies for writing online

“Ode to a Copyeditor” (
A tributes to the behind-the-scenes valor and importance of an editor, from the New York Times, February 16, 2005

Wandering Rocks blog (
The author’s blog on writing and editing for digital media, and other topics


Chapter 7:  Blogito, Ergo Sum: Trends in Personal Publishing

Weblog Communities, Software, and Platforms

Blogger (

Greymatter (

Ikonboard (

Movable Type (

WordPress (

A Few Food Blogs

The Committee to Protect Bloggers (
Developed by Curt Hopkins, director.

Consensus at Lawyerpoint (
Blog by Seth Schoen, connected to the Broadcast Protection Discussion Group

Jonathan Dube at the Media Center (

E-Media Tidbits (
Group-authored blog through the website of the professional journalism education organization the Poynter Institute.

Romenesko (
Commentary by John Romensko of the Poynter Institute.

Scobleizer (
Technology-focused blog by Robert Scoble.

The Shifted Librarian (
Librarian and information science blog by Jenny Levine.

Social Media.Biz (
J. D. Lasica’s social media Blog

Talking Points Memo (
Political commentary by Joshua Michael Marshall.

The Volokh Conspiracy (
Law blog by Eric Volokh


Chapter 8:  We the People, Part I: Citizen Journalism

Barista of Bloomfield Avenue (
Hyperlocal blogger Debbie Galant of New Jersey.

BrooWaha (
Online collection of news, reviews and opinion pieces covering LA

Chi-Town Daily News (
Hyperlocal news by Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism students

Gannett’s Information Center (http://gannett.gci/infocenter)
The “Newsroom of the Future,” a hyperlocal, crowdsourced multimedia platform.

NewAssignment.Net (
Traditional journalism, but assignments made by citizens

Northwest Voice, Bakersfield CA (
Citizen journalism site

NowPublic (
This site describes itself as “fresh, crowd-powered media”

Syracuse Goldring Arts Journalism program(
Backpack journalism master’s program covering the arts and architecture

WikiNews (
“The free news source you can write”

You Witness News (
Reuters and Yahoo News effort to create international multimedia news agency


Chapter 9:  We the People, Part II: News as Conversation

Online Resources

“Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists” (
Written by Bob Haiman and published by the Freedom Forum, this .pdf download was developed to help journalists achieve fairness in their reporting.

Poynter Guide to Accuracy (
A collection of articles by Poynter writers to help journalists in the area of accuracy, including helps in fact-checking, grammar and punctuation, and quotations and attribution.

Principles of Citizen Journalism (
Published by the Knight Citizen News Network, this guide provides the basic principles and covers the fundamental values of good journalism.


Chapter 10:  Getting Down to Business: Intranets, Extranets, Portals Online Resources

The Intranet Journal (
Online journal devoted to news and practices about and for intranets.

Intranet Reference Site (
For those researching, planning, designing and/or implementing an intranet or intranet project

Professional Writing Handouts and Resources (
From Purdue University, this site points to online resources for “workplace writers,” including how-to information and best practices.


Chapter 11:  Learning the Legal Landscape: Libel and Privacy in a Digital Age Online Resources

A good source of legal information for advertising and marketing researchers.

AEJMC law paper abstracts (
From the Association for Educators in Journalism & Mass Communication, this page lists accepted paper abstracts for AEJMC’s law division, papers that were presented at the association’s annual conventions.

Art of Public Records Searches (
How-to site with help in finding and searching public records repositories.

Citizen Media Law Project
Legal resources for citizen media from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Computers Freedom & Privacy Conference (
The Conference attempts to encourage public debate on the future of privacy and freedom in the online world.

Cyberlaw (
Site contains the CyberLex and CyberLaw newsletters, sources for information and pointers to materials on law and computers.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (
EFF is a donor-supported membership organization that works to protect citizens’ rights regardless of technology and to to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology.

EFF Legal Guide for Bloggers (
A guide developed especially to inform bloggers of their legal rights in publishing online.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) (
Established in 1994, EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. that tries to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment and constitutional values.

Federal Communications Commission (
FCC is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. This site offers links to regulations, news, complaint forms, bureaus within the FCC and licensing information.

Federal Communications Law Journal (
Published by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Page (
Protecting consumers’ personal privacy is a duty of the FTC. This page outlines how the agency attempts to do this.

Freedom of Information Act (
Site explaining FOIA and how to use it, at the U.S. Department of State.

Free Expression Policy Project (
Founded in 2000, FEPP provides research and advocacy on free speech, copyright, and media democracy issues.

First Amendment Center (
A non-partisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people founded by the Freedom Forum.

How to File a FOIA Request (
From the First Amendment Center, step-by-step instructions on how to use FOIA.

IPTAblog (
Blogger Andrew Raff’s thoughts about the relationships between law, communication, technology and the creative arts.

 JDSupra (
Source for all sorts of legal documentation, cases, briefs and the like, a sort of WebMD of the legal profession.

Jim Romenesko’s Media News  (
This Poynter Institute site is updated daily with news from around the country about the media, often with news involving media law.

Journal of Information, Law & Technology (
Electronic law journal covering a range of topics relating to IT law and applications.

Jurist Legal News & Research (
Published by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Landmark Supreme Court Cases (
Site developed to provide teachers with resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases. (
A daily news Web site for practicing lawyers, with search.

Media Law Center (
A non-profit information clearinghouse originally organized by a number of media organizations to monitor developments and promote First Amendment rights in the libel, privacy and related legal fields. The “Hot Topics” section is especially useful.

New York Times’ Privacy in a Digital Age page (
Check out this section of the Times for a sense of the state of privacy law just before 9/11. For historical and anthropological reasons, this is an interesting collection of articles.

Politechbot (
A blog by Declan McCullagh, an investigative journalist with Wired magazine. Topics include privacy, free speech, the role of government and corporations, antitrust, and more.

The Privacy Foundation (
This organization attempts to educate the public by conducting research into communications technologies and services that may pose a threat to personal privacy. (
A site for news and policy developments in the area of privacy. The page is a joint project of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Privacy International.

Privacy Times (
A subscription-only newsletter covering privacy and freedom of information law and policy; it is primarily for attorneys and professionals.

The Privacy Place (
Site for news on privacy-related policy developments.

Reporter’s Committee For a Free Press(
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists since 1970. Excellent source of news on free speech issues.

University of Iowa Library’s Communication & Media Law Resources (
The content here is precisely what the name suggests. Excellent search functionality by topic.

U.S. Copyright Office (
Copyright Office advises Congress on anticipated changes in U.S. copyright law; analyzes and assists in the drafting of copyright legislation and legislative reports and provides and undertakes studies for Congress; offers advice to Congress on compliance with international agreements and is where claims to copyright are registered. This site has links to copyright law, international copyright treaties, general information and copyright studies.

U.S. Supreme Court (
A surprisingly lively, very current blog and Web site, richly sourced with links to primary source documents such as briefs and precedent cases.

You Are Being Watched (
This site dramatizes the high costs of camera surveillance systems, both in terms of money and civil liberties, and along the way is a good source for news on camera surveillance.


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