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Related World Wide Web sites

World Wide Web bookmarks for newsrooms

School of Communication

University of Miami

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR)

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)


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Study Questionnaires


     Review the 1999 CAR questionnaire. This is the complete six-page questionnaire used for the 1999 study.

     Review the 1998 CAR questionnaire. This is the complete six-page questionnaire used for the 1998 study.

     Review the 1997 CAR questionnaire. This is the complete eight-page questionnaire used for the 1997 study.


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Contact

Bruce Garrison
School of Communication
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248127
Coral Gables, FL 33124-2105
305-284-2846 (voice), 305-284-5205 (fax)


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Copyright

Prepared by Bruce Garrison. All rights reserved, Copyright © 2009 by Bruce Garrison.

 on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.


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COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND NEWS 2009

Online News and Computer-Assisted Reporting
Research Web Site

Welcome!

You have found the Computer Technology and News 2009: Online News and Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Research Web Site. It is hosted by the School of Communication at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. This site, a portion of the research conducted by the Journalism Program, focuses on the various uses of computer technology in newsgathering--- online research and computer-assisted information gathering for the news media. From time to time, new research will be reported here..

The emphasis of this Web site is recent research about online news, online news research, and computer-assisted information gathering. Research focuses on commercial online services, World Wide Web and Internet resources, usage patterns, the users, new technology diffusion, database projects in news, the impact of computers and computer use on news content, and online news. The project also has gathered information about hardware and software resources. The project began in fall 1993. New research in online news, online newspapers, online news credibility, online information gathering using e-mail, and online reporting is underway.
 
Research from the project has been distributed in several forms. They include books, research journal articles, and papers at academic meetings.

An updated and expanded second edition of Computer- Assisted Reporting was published in 1998. The first edition was originally published in 1995. Successful Strategies for Computer-Assisted Reporting, was published in 1996. The books were published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers, in Mahwah, N.J.

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Inquiries about any of the studies are welcomed.

                        Bruce Garrison, project director


Computer Technology and News Research

A national research project that focuses on online news and traditional news media use, online newspapers, online news credibility, online news interactivity, and other aspects of online news consumption by American adults was completed in 2003.

This project was directed by University of Miami Profs. Michael Salwen, Bruce Garrison, and Paul Driscoll. Inquiries are welcome.

Their book, Online News and the Public, was developed from the series of studies in this project and was published in 2005 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates in Mahwah, N.J. This title is now part of the Rutledge / Taylor & Francis catalog.

Learn more about computers and newsgathering from the study reports linked in the "Research Reports" section below. Studies analyzing online news, online news research, uses of electronic mail, and computer-assisted reporting include some or all of the six censuses conducted in the United States (from 1994 to 1999), personal interviews with leading CAR journalists, surveys, content analyses, historical perspectives, and other related research. Visitors can review and print the 1999 questionnaire, the 1998 questionnaire, or the 1997 questionnaire.

 

Research Reports
 
  • A research paper presenting findings of a case study of news media convergence focusing on a daily newspaper, a television news network affiliate, and an online news organization authored by Bruce Garrison and Michel Dupagne, "A Case Study of Convergence at the Media General News Center, Tampa," was presented at the "Expanding Convergence: Media Use in a Changing Information Environment" conference at the University of South Carolina at Columbia on November 6, 2003. This paper is downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat format file.The paper is published in Journalism Studies 7:2 (May 2006), pp. 237-255, and this version of the paper is also downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat format file.
  • A research paper presenting findings relating to credibility of electronic mail authored by Bruce Garrison, "The Perceived Credibility of Electronic Mail in Newspaper Newsgathering," was presented at the annual national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,  to the Newspaper Division, at Kansas City on August 8, 2003. This paper is downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat format file. An earlier version of the paper was presented at the annual AEJMC Communication Technology and Policy Midwinter Conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on March 1, 2003. This paper is also downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat format file.
  • Three research papers that focus on online news and uses of electronic mail in newsgathering will be presented at the annual national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, in Miami Beach, August 7-10, 2002:
    • A research paper presenting findings from the electronic mail use study by Bruce Garrison, "The Use of Electronic Mail as a Newsgathering Resource," was presented to the Newspaper Division on August 10, 2002. The paper is also downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat format fileAn earlier version of the paper, "The Use of Electronic Mail as a Newsgathering Resource," was presented to the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the annual Southeast Colloquium in Gulfport, Miss., on March 7, 2002. This paper is also downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat format file. A revised version of the Miami Beach paper has been published in the Newspaper Research Journal 25:2 (Spring 2004), pp. 58-69.
    • A research paper, "The Credibility of Newspapers, Television News, and Online News," was presented to the Mass Communication and Society Division on August 9, 2002, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, at the Miami Beach conference in August. The paper is authored by Rasha Abdulla, Bruce Garrison, Michael Salwen, Paul Driscoll and Denise Casey. The paper is also downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat format file. This paper is published in the new book, Online News and the Public (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, N.J., 2005).
    • A research paper, "Third Person Perceptions of Fear During the War on Terrorism: Perceptions of Online News Users," authored by Michael Salwen, Bruce Garrison, Paul Driscoll, Rasha Abdulla, Denise Casey, and Kristin Campbell, was presented to the Theory and Methodology Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, on August 8, 2002. This paper is published in the new book, Online News and the Public (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, N.J., 2005).
  • A research paper about diffusion of online news research in newsrooms, written by Bruce Garrison, "Online Information Use in Newsrooms: A Longitudinal Diffusion Study," was presented to the ăMedia in the New Millennium: Technology, Images, Issuesä Conference, Communication Technology & Policy Division, Media Management & Economics Division, and Visual Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, February 25-26, 2000, in Denver. This paper is downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat format file.
  • Online journalism and World Wide Web use by journalists preliminary findings from the 1998 study, presented at the "New Media, Free Speech: Challenges for the Future" conference, Mass Communication and Society Division and Newspaper Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, at the University of South Florida, Tampa, April 3, 1998.