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Open Educational Resources: Journalism

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Open Journalism and Communication Textbooks

Verification Handbook  -European Journalism Centre

The Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. In a crisis situation, social networks are overloaded with situational updates, calls for relief, reports of new developments, and rescue information. Reporting the right information is often critical in shaping responses from the public and relief workers; it can literally be a matter of life or death. The Handbook prescribes best practice advice on how to verify and use this information provided by the crowd, as well as actionable advice to facilitate disaster preparedness in newsrooms.  -Verification Handbook


Craig Silverman, The Poynter Institute

Merrill Perlman, American Copy Editors Society 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


Story-Based Inquiry -UNESCO

The publication focuses on the hypothesis-based inquiry approach, which takes the basic assumption that a story is only a hypothesis until verified. The methods and skills applying to every step of the investigative process, from conception to research, writing, quality control and dissemination, have been thoroughly analyzed and are well illustrated by case studies in each chapter.  -Story-Based Inquiry

Supplemental Text:  Casebook


Mark Lee Hunter, Global Investigative Journalism Network

 All rights to this work are reserved; however, it is available for free download.


Global Investigative Journalilsm: Strategies for Support

Fueled by globalization, international aid, and the efforts of journalism groups, the worldwide practice of investigative reporting has grown dramatically since the fall of communism began in 1989. Given the field’s rapid growth, in 2012 CIMA updated and expanded its research and commissioned a new survey to understand the nature and scope of investigative journalism as a facet of media development. Global Investigative Journalism: Strategies for Support, by David E. Kaplan, director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, looks at key drivers and actors and suggests ways to best support and professionalize the practice in developing and transitioning countries. -Global Investigative Journalism

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David E. Kaplan, Global Investigative Journalism Network

The copyright status of this work is unclear; however, all rights are assumed to be reserved.  This work is available for free download.



Online Journalism: Research Methods

This text is intended to be an introduction to journalism research methods. It covers topics such as, Typology of Online Media, Genres in Online Journalism, News and Database Architecture, Research Methodologies in Journalism, Narrativity, Researching Participatory Journalism, Production Routines, and Media Convergence.


Marcos Palacios Javier Diaz Noci, Pompeu Fabra University

The copyright status of this work is unclear; however, all rights are assumed to be reserved.  This work is available for free download.