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New tools for journalists

This chapter looks at more technology available to information-age journalists. It considers first the NewsGear suite of tools that Ifra’s Kerry Northrup believes are most appropriate for reporters. The chapter discusses refined forms of information management such as computer-assisted reporting and geographical information systems, and then explores how databases are changing the way that news organizations operate. It concludes with an exploration of extensible markup language (XML), often described as the building block of convergence. Topics covered in this chapter include:

❑ analysing successful data managers ❑ the Advanced Journalist Technology Project ❑ Newsplex: The newsroom of the future ❑ computer-assisted reporting ❑ geographical information systems ❑ databases for information management ❑ extensible markup language ❑ XML enables convergence journalism.