The News Manual

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Volume 2 : Advanced Reporting

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Volume 3 : Ethics & The Law
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Welcome to The News Manual Online

NOTICE: The News Manual is undergoing renovation to add a chapter on New Media and Social Media. During this time, some sections will be moved and some links may not work, including from the Index. It is important we do not take The News Manual offline as a lot of people depend on it.

The News Manual is a free online resource for journalists, would-be journalists, educators and people interested in the media. It provides a simple, clear and unbiased guide to the principles and practice of ethical journalism. You can learn more by visiting the About section.

To read The Manuals, either click on the tab above, on the red, blue or green volumes on the left or search the main Index of more than 1,000 references. There is also a special section on Media Law in Australia, linked on the right of this page.

The Journalism & Media Glossary, with more than 700 definitions, is probably the largest and most extensive reference of its kind freely available on the Internet. For other extras, you can also click the Resources tab above.

A new feature of The News Manual Online is Bonus Chapters, bringing journalism up to date with major current technologies and trends. You can find the first Bonus Chapter Fake news and Trust Chains here and also linked above on the right.

Another new feature is The News Manual ... Now!, a website where you can explore issues from The News Manual through commentary on current events. Click below.

Some of the older articles are still available at What's New in News, though this section is no longer updated here.

You can also find comments on current issues at both Twitter and on Facebook.

BONUS CHAPTER Fake news & Trust Chains

Fake news is one of the biggest threats to modern media. What does it mean for journalists and how can we fight it with Trust Chains? See this step-by-step guide.


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