Journalism Next: How-to for Media Makers

Journalist/blogger Mark Briggs has a new book out that could open many of us up new ways of thinking about and doing media production. It’s called Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Editing and Reporting.

According to his publisher, “Journalism Next is required reading for both seasoned journalists seeking a digital roadmap and digital natives looking to connect their digital know-how to the profession’s best practices.”  

My introduction to Mark, a pioneer in interactive news, came though his book Journalism 2.0 which was edited and published by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. It’s been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. You can find the link here.

Journalism Next is the updated and expanded version, the next generation, if you will. With the rapid pace of technological change and social media developments, it is hard to create a training manual that isn’t outdated the moment it goes to print. J2.0 came out before the explosion of Facebook and Twitter and iPhones (and other innovations, to be sure). In that sense, it might seem quaint, but it’s still a helpful guide to the many of the fundamentals. 

The new volume has chapters such as “We are all Web workers now,”  “Crowd-powered colllaboration,” “Making audio journalism visible,” and “Managing news as a conversation.”  

I haven’t read the book (yet) but it’s on my list of new year’s resolutions to do so. If you’ve read it and have any insights, please share.