JournoList began life as a list of useful Internet sites for journalists.byline picture It's a pun: journo + list. It was created by me, John Morrish (right), because I believe that the Internet is the most useful tool for reporters and writers since the invention of the telephone. The original list of "favorites" is still on the site for you to load into your browser if that's all you want.

Nothing to lose but your ignorance

Over the years, I have trained lots of magazine reporters, editors, feature writers and so on. One course was in Internet research. Print journalists, in my experience, tend to fall into two categories: old hands who think the Internet is an irritant that will go away, and recent recruits who think they already know all about it.

It isn't going away: and you don't know all about it just because you can collect your email and type words into Google. There are simple techniques and procedures that will improve your experience of the Internet. It enables ordinary writers (including freelancers) to get quick, easy and virtually free access to a world of solid information and interesting people.

If you don't take the Internet seriously, you are short-changing your readers and missing the opportunity to take great strides in your career. The Internet means there is no longer any excuse for ignorance. Sermon over.

Site policies, privacy, copyright, etc

Everything on this site is there because it struck me as being a potentially useful source of information for those who write for a living. I am always happy to hear both from people with ideas or questions and from those who would like their sites to be considered for inclusion. The site's email address is on the bottom of each page, or you can use the old-fashioned telephone: 01242 541967.

I do not sell advertising. I do not have sponsors. None of the links have paid me to appear here.

Privacy: because I don't have advertising, I don't have to know who reads my pages. Consequently I don't use cookies or anything else on the main site to find who you are and sell you to my advertisers.

Obviously I do have access to my server records, so theoretically I could trawl through those and work out approximately where your computer resides. You do know that all websites keep this information, don't you?

I will not use those individual records, although I am naturally interested in the statistics of where visitors come from, what computers they use and so on.

If you write to me, I will have to keep your email address, not least so I can write back to you. I will not sell it, give it or lend it to anyone else. I will not send you spam promising you a fortune overnight or inviting you to have parts of your anatomy enlarged without surgery.

Copyright: I automatically hold copyright on everything on my site, created by me. However, anyone who wishes to reproduce it for their own purposes, or for their friends and colleagues, may do so. You may not charge money for it, merge it with your own work or claim to be the author of it.

Enjoy the freedom of the Internet, while it lasts.

Autobiographical note

I live in Gloucestershire, in England, and have been a reporter and writer since 1980, writing for national newspapers and magazines. I have also written an extremely diverse clutch of books, as you will find if you look for me in Amazon.

I continue to work as a freelance writer and book editor. If you would like to know more about my career and the type of work I do please take a look at my home page.

I saw my first website in 1995 and have been working my way through them since. I taught myself to write HTML and have gradually learned to make it work to my satisfaction. It is not as easy as switching on the television, but it is not beyond the capabilities of anyone who has ever subbed a tabloid news-page or struggled with Quark. The site was originally created on my faithful Apple iBook, using a free text editor called BBEDit Lite and a couple of books about HTML from a remainder shop. Everything else I needed I found on the Internet, notably the rules and regulations published by the World Wide Web Consortium and the excellent discussions on the CSS-D mailing list.

For those who care about these things, the site is written in XHTML 1.0 using CSS2. It should work on any computer, but it looks best with a modern, standards compliant browser like Safari, IE6, Netscape 6, Mozilla, or Opera.

If the type's too small, adjust the size on your own browser: it's in the View menu.

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