Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of Consider the Source: A Critical Guide to 100 Prominent News and Information Sites on the Web by James F. Broderick and Darren W. Miller.
The famous slogan of one major TV news network, "More people get their news from ... than from any other source," now applies to the Internet. This book by a professor of journalism and a working reporter was written to inform readers where on the Internet to find the news they need, how to gauge its veracity, and how to keep up with the rush of news events. Consider the Source is an A-to-Z guide to the best and worst news and information sites, according to the announcement. It features100 in-depth, critical reviews and a 5-star rating system.
With thousands of news sites and information sites to choose from, the authors focused on those sites that have achieved a certain amount of prominence or reputation, and that are mostly free to users. Some of the sites critiqued in Consider the Source are:
* Al Jazeera
* Associated Press (AP)
* British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News
* Cable News Network (CNN)
* Chicago Tribune
* Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) News
* Fox News
* The Nation
* National Public Radio
* New York Times
* San Francisco Chronicle
* USA Today
* Village Voice
* Washington Post
Although the evaluations of the sites presented by the authors are intended to help readers gain quick insight into each site, they are far from the whole story. Each review includes an "Overview," focusing on a site's origins and development; "What You'll Find There," which assesses a site's main features; "Why You Should Visit," offering reasons to check in with the site (or not to); and "Keep This In Mind," which highlights lesser-known aspects of the site's history or ideological leanings.
As a reader bonus, the authors' Web site provides links to all 100 sites covered, reviews of new sites and sources, Darren Miller's blog on the media, a writer's bookshelf, and more.
James F. Broderick teaches journalism at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. He is the author of two books. Darren W. Miller has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and North Carolina and is the recipient of several journalism awards. They can be reached through their Web site, TheReportersWell.com.
Consider the Source: A Critical Guide to 100 Prominent News and Information Sites on the Web (472 pp/softbound/$24.95/ISBN 978-0-910965-77-4) is a CyberAge Book from Information Today, Inc. It is available in bookstores through Independent Publishers Group (IPG) or by calling (800) 300-9868 [outside U.S. call (609) 654-6266]; faxing (609) 654-4309; e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or on the Web at www.infotoday.com.
Source: Information Today, Inc., www.infotoday.com