How to Transition from Print to Web Journalism

Newspapers and magazines have experienced readership and advertising revenue dips, resulting in journalist layoffs. If you're a veteran print journalist, here's how to find your footing on the web.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Hold onto print journalism basics Hold onto print journalism basics when transitioning to the web. Spelling, grammar, and research skills will still be important.
  • Step 2: Follow popular blogs and websites Follow popular blogs and websites with a news and editorial focus, such as Politico, The Huffington Post, and True/Slant. Get a feel for the writing styles.
  • Step 3: Take classes to learn web skills Take classes to learn web-specific skills, like HTML coding, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Photoshop, and even audio and video editing programs.
  • TIP: Newspapers have transitioned to the web with multimedia elements including video, audio, and photo slide shows.
  • Step 4: Start your own blog Start your own editorial or news blog through free blog services like Blogger or Typepad. Most services offer easy, step-by-step setup instructions.
  • TIP: Pick a niche that you have some expertise in and enjoy writing about, and focus your blog on that area.
  • Step 5: Contribute to content communities Contribute to content communities like The Huffington Post. Some pay per article and per view.
  • Step 6: Have patience Have patience. Building an audience for your online journalism takes time.
  • FACT: In 1998, The Drudge Report, a one-man news website, broke the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal to the public.

You Will Need

  • HTML basics
  • SEO basics
  • Photoshop basics
  • Blog service account
  • Content community membership
  • Patience

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