I am interested in internet journalism as a career, but I do not know that much about it.
I'd recommend doing a course or degree.
I'm currently doing a journalism degree and the last part of the course deals with online journalism (I get to do that next year.)
I would consider studying Journalism in the traditional form, but simply ensure that the course you choose has been modernised to incorporate a module or modules on the online part. Just like the course that WryLilt appears to be taking.
The reason being that traditional publishers, of either Magazines or Newspapers, are still not breaking enough profit online to pay the wages of journalists. Instead they simply employ an editor to take excerpts from a primary offline article, which has been written by a journalist for print, and summarise online.
There is a good chance that you could finish your studies in 'Internet Journalism' and end up fighting over the same work on Freelancing sites that you could go straight in and fight over now - without a degree or qualification.
I went a slightly different way and have just started a degree in eCommunications. That also covers online writing, but enables me to develop my skills in other aspects of online business and eCommerce - where the bulk of my money will be earnt. Just like WryLit will be getting paid far more per word writing for a newspaper or national magazine then she will for most websites.
Within a couple of years, probably sooner, in fact probably already, all journalists will be writing an article and then spinning a second version for the website. An SEO and Editing assistant will shove a couple of keywords in the article, done.
I can see very little benefit in studying 'Online Journalism', as opposed to 'Journalism', just so long as the course materials are not antiquated and reflect the changes in the market.
However, I think Online Journalism has far more scope then Offline Journalism because internet has been able to spread to not-so-easily-reachable parts of the world, thus making it difficult to be in every part of the world at the same time while being on the internet, you can be everywhere at the same time.
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