Saturday, January 26, 2013

Online Reporting of Elections

This book contributes to debates concerning online reporting of elections and the challenges facing journalism in the context of democratic change. The speed of technological adaptation by journalists and their audiences means online news is gradually becoming a normalised part of media landscapes across the world. Journalists monitor social media for insight into the political process and as an instant indication of "public sentiment", rather than waiting for press releases and opinion polls. Citizens are actively participating in online political reporting too, through publishing eyewitness accounts, political commentary, crowd-sourcing and fact-checking information (of political manifestos and media reports alike). It is therefore growing increasingly important to understand how political journalism is evolving through new communicative forms and practices, in order to critique its epistemological role and function in democratic societies, and examine how these interventions influence daily online political reporting across different national contexts.

This volume covers comparative, research-based studies across a range of national contexts and electoral systems, including Australia, ten African countries, the European Union, Greece, the Netherlands, India, Iran, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

Foreword Bob Franklin

1. Introduction: Online reporting of elections Einar Thorsen

2. "The People's Debate": The CNN/YouTube debates and the demotic voice in political journalism Matt Carlson and Eran Ben-Porath

3. Remediating #Iranelection: Journalistic strategies for positioning citizen-made snapshots and text bites from the 2009 Iranian post-election conflict Rune Saugmann Andersen

4. Online Journalism and Election Reporting in India Saayan Chattopadhyay

5. A Journey Through 10 Countries: Online election coverage in Africa Ben Akoh and Kwami Ahiabenu, II

 6. "Second-Order" Elections and Online Journalism: A comparison of the 2009 European Parliament elections' coverage in Greece, Sweden and the United Kingdom Asimina Michailidou

7. (Not) The Twitter Election: The dynamics of the #ausvotes conversation in relation to the Australian media ecology Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns

8. Social Media as Beat: Tweets as a news source during the 2010 British and Dutch elections Marcel Broersma and Todd Graham

This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Practice.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

5th Penplusbytes Global Online Course in ICT Journalism ( 13th September to 13th December 2013)

13th September to 13th December 2013

Duration: 4 months

Location: online


Penplusbytes' innovative global course in ICT Journalism provides a unique online training opportunity for journalists in the exciting area of ICT Journalism. Participants will be exposed to the wider context of ICTs assisted journalism including how these technologies are impacting on the world of journalism, how to harness the power of ICTs in producing high quality impactful stories, and how to manage change process in using innovative ICT tools. This course provides skills and knowledge within a practical interactive learning environment with the main goal of strengthening capabilities in both multimedia and online news production while increasing understanding of the rapid changing environment in newsroom operations due to opportunities and challenges Information and communication Technologies revolution brings. After successfully completing the course, each participant should be able to produce and implement a variety of creative solutions for online news operations.

Course Description and Goals

At the end of the course, the participants will learn five main sets of skills and knowledge

• You will learn and understand the broad spectrum of ICT tools changing the face of journalism

• You will learn how to research and publish content online

• You will learn how to leverage the power of social media in news settings

• You will learn that despite the proliferation of technology for journalism the fundamental principles of journalism still apply.

• You will learn to undertake digital story telling

Course Outline

The course is divided into 6 modules:

1. ICT Journalism – concept, theory and definition, online production, social media, content management system, online newsroom management and publishing platforms

2. The role of information and knowledge management in the newsroom

3. Writing for the web and online research

4. Online Security

5. Data Journalism and Visualization

6. Business Models of Online Journalism


This course does not have any special prerequisites though participants will need to have basic computer skills such as sending and receiving mails, managing files and browsing the Internet. The course assumes participants are practicing journalists who have mastered journalism skills. Applicants should exhibit a passion for news, interest in the use of technology for the improvement of journalism and speak and write fluently in English.

Class Meeting

Participants are expected to meet online via group discussion weekly, it is expected that each participant must devote at least five hours per week online.


Participants will be provided with regular resources throughout the duration of the course, these resources will mostly be available online.


Participants are expected to undertake weekly assignments, participate in online discussions, create and publish content using ICT tools and produce a final project work to be published on


All participants who complete the course successfully would be awarded a certificate.

Important Dates

• Closing date for receipt of application and statement is 20th August 2013

• Notification of acceptance: 1st September 2013

• Course starts on 13th September

To apply, go 
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1. Application form 

2. Letter of Motivation (250-300) explaining how this course will contribute to your professional growth and development; how you plan to implement knowledge and skills gained from the course and strategies of sharing knowledge and skills with members of your organization.

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4. Letter of consent from your editor or supervisor, send via email to training AT

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