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Databases

Entry by Julie Wootton

(Information courtesy of Mark Brigg’s “Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive” and the Readership Institute)

-A database is a collection of data (or information).
-Data does not lose its novelty or timeliness as quickly.
-Data such as crime statistics can be of personal and public interest.
-There is no space constraint on the Internet.
-Data that is collected online can be condensed and used in print publications.
-Remember that databases do not have to be complex or difficult to create. Databases can be created fairly easily using Microsoft Excel.

-Database journalism is considered a new reporting method, along with other kinds of community-based journalism.
Crowdsourcing= using a group of people or community to perform a job that normally just one person does.
Open source reporting= a way for a reporter to solicit ideas, sources, etc. on a particular subject.
Distributed reporting- this most frequently pertains to reader-generated content.

Reasons to use databases:
-To more efficiently organize information
-To organize lists of sources for newsroom personnel
-To make information more accessible and easier to understand for readers

Using databases for news coverage:
-“Alternative story form”- information is broken down into clearly labeled sections or lists that present information simply.
-Information can then be easily put into a database.

Some examples of databases:
The Whitworthian’s restaurant guide
The New York Times’ skiing travel guide
USA Today sports scores
Washington State registered sex offender database

Other resources:
Interview with Derek Willis, database editor for The Washington Post
General information and resources about database journalism from the Readership Institute
Mark Brigg’s “Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive”
Data Center on courier-journal.com
Data Central on indystar.com
Excel database tutorial

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J-school grads will have to look to non-traditional career paths

Entry by Jasmine Linabary

While graduating seniors fear their college newspaper might be the last newspaper they work for and are looking for jobs in other industries, journalism schools are becoming incredibly popular, according to an article on baltimoresun.com.

The article takes a look at the numbers of students going into the industry from Columbia University, Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Maryland and talks about the more non-traditional jobs and career paths graduates are facing.

Read more:As journalism remakes itself, students follow

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