The News Manual is a free online resource for journalists, would-be journalists, educators and people interested in the media. It has developed from the three-volume book 'The News Manual', which was published with the help of UNESCO as a practical guide to people entering the profession and to support mid-career journalists wanting to improve their skills. You can learn more by visiting the About section.
Access to The News Manual Online is entirely open; no codes, registrations or subscriptions are required. The site has no advertising or sponsorship and is independent of any organisation, institution, government or commercial interest. The site design, structure and content have been kept simple to assist those visitors who may be using dial-up or slow Internet connections.
To read The Manuals, either click on the tab above, on the red, blue or green volumes on this page or search the main Index of more than 1,000 references.
As well as being accessible to a worldwide audience, The News Manual Online now includes a number of extra resources.
The newest is the Journalism & Media Glossary. With more than 500 definitions, it is one of the largest and most extensive references of its kind on the Internet.
What's New in News discusses current issues in the news which provide examples of advice in the manuals themselves. It is updated frequently and older issues are archived. You can also access it through the link on the right.
Some of the articles from What's New in News can now also be found, along with many others, on the website DogBitesMan, a more personal commentary on issues involving the media and society in Australia and around the world.
In addition to Volume Three: Ethics & the Law (see the link on the right), there is a special section on Media Law in Australia, also linked on the right of this page.
For more information on other extra Resources, you can also click the tab above.
Finally, The News Manual is trialling a partnership with Media Helping Media, a free online resource "for all involved in strengthening journalism in areas where media freedom is under threat". See their link on the left. Where the MHM symbol appears in The News Manual, it will link you to resources on the Media Helping Media website.