New Resources to Help Guide Media Cyberspace Strategies

By: Steve Outing

For the last two days I've pointed you toward new newspaper sites on the Internet. For one last day, let me send you out on the Web, this time to check out newspaper and new media resources that I've discovered recently. I think you'll find many of these sites to be valuable.

* University of Western Ontario graduate student Mike Erlindson has put his master's degree research paper, Online Newspapers: The Newspaper Industry's Dive into Cyberspace, onto the Web.

* Consultant Debbie Weil has put together a page of journalism links that's worth a look.

* Macri Puricelli, a newspaper reporter in Venice, Italy, is creating a Web site for women journalists who want to discuss all aspects of online journalism. (The site is in Italian; no English translations yet.)

* The Prague, Czech Republic-based Open Media Research Institute, formerly affiliated with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, provides a free daily compendium of news briefs covering development in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union states. This is a useful resource to journalists reporting on these regions. The Institute also provides a Specialist Directory, listing experts in these regions who are available to provide reporters with background of commentary on a particular issue or event.

* Laboratorio de Comunicacion Multimedia in Spain studies the applications of multimedia technology to the communications fields: journalism, advertising, television and film. Included in its research and development program are the study of online newspapers and other online information services, advertising on the Internet, and multimedia newsroom organization.

* A new media-listings service, netMEDIA, offers hundreds of links to newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations worldwide.

* The Associated Press Managing Editors association has its Web site up and running. For a chuckle, check out the "Eternal Journal" section.

* Scripps Howard News Service now has its Web page up. Soon it will offer access to the company's complete daily report of news and pictures.

* The Kansas Press Association now has a Web site.

* The San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has its own Web site now.

* Agence France-Presse has its Web site up and running; look for expansion in the coming months.

If you produce a media resource that is not in this list and is not currently included in the Online Newspaper Services Directory, it may be because your information is sitting in a backlog of submissions. Shortly, I will be able to announce a simple way for you to add your resources to the database. Thank you for your patience while we revamp our system to deal with the formidable task of collecting data for the extremely fast-growing new media industry.

More new media college programs this fall

Michael Morris of College of the Rockies in Canada writes:

"I read with interest your March 14 column about the online journalism program being started at Duquesne University. Here at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, British Columbia, we will be offering a post-diploma/degree certificate in New Media Communications starting in September 1996. It sounds very similar to the Duquesne University program. We are the first college in British Columbia to offer a program of this nature."

Contact: Michael Morris,

Movin' On

Deborah Gallant has been named general manager of Journal Square Interactive, a division of Newhouse Newspapers New Media in New Jersey. Journal Square Interactive was created by Newhouse to explore new World Wide Web business opportunities. The first JSQ product launch will be a syndicated weather site, based on New Jersey Online's weather service. Gallant formerly was regional manager of affiliate marketing for the ABC Radio Networks in New York where she was responsible for the network's efforts on America Online.

Fred Singer has left the Washington Post's Digital Ink, where he was vice president of advertising and marketing, to take an executive position with America Online. Replacing Singer at Digital Ink is Don Albert, who is now vice president for sales. Albert previously has worked for Newsweek magazine and Prodigy.

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