8 free ebooks about online journalism and blogging

I want to share a list of English free ebooks that I’ve recently collected and slowly I’m reading (currently I’m  on Journalism 2.0).

These 8 ebooks are short essays or handbooks on online journalism, blogging and stoytelling (probably I’ll do other lists on other topics in future), written by university professors or industry professionals.


  • Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age

Practical handbook and digital literacy guide, the ebook was written by Mark Briggs and published in 2007 (also recommended in journalism courses).

More info and download -> kcnn.org/resources/journalism_20

journalism 2.0
  • Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

Written by Mindy McAdams, professor at the University of Florida, this ebook is a collection of blog posts that she wrote in 2009. A practical guide for journalists (or for those working in information field) to learn how to use new media and to discover new ways of telling stories (blogs, videos, photos).

Download -> www.jou.ufl.edu/faculty/mmcadams/PDFs/RGMPbook.pdf
I recommend to read her blog too -> mindymcadams.com/tojou

  • Ideas on digital storytelling and publishing
This ebook is a sum of the best posts that Adam Westbrook wrote on his blog (adamwestbrook.wordpress.com). Unfortunately, Adam decided not to continue the blog because his career is not (only) related to journalism, but you can still read all of his posts, which I find very interesting.
The ebook provides useful tools not only for journalists but for all the digital storytellers.
Here is a passage from the introduction that I really like:
All I’ve really wanted to say is that in these uncertain times – and there’s no getting away from the uncertainty in our future – the best way to survive and thrive is to embrace that uncertainty.
That might mean throwing away a career plan, and it might mean taking more risks, but whatever it is that you do, you must get busy doing it right now. Coders, writers, filmmakers, podcasters, web designers, photographers, and students – always be building something and always be learning something new.
  • Social Media – A handbook for journalists

This ebook was published in English by Sveriges Radio, the Swedish public radio station. The book contains a variety of tips on how journalists, and all those who work in the media field, can use social media and it’s divided in 3 parts: dialogue, research and sharing.

Link -> sverigesradio.se/press/bilder/swedishradio2013_socmed.pdf

social media journalism

As a bonus, take a look here (slideshare.net/journalism-book): this is simply a Journalism Book, that explains what is journalism, in which categories is divided, etc.
Also, the related slides you can see in the right column are very interesting.


  • How to blog

You can easily see that this book is by The Guardian: with a very good lay out (it seems to read a magazine), it’s full of advices and interviews, including one with the Community Manager of The Guardian.
The chapters include “how blogs have changed journalism“, how to develop your blog, how to promote it, and so on.

To download the ebook you have to register on the website -> register.theguardian.com/students

how to blog guardian

  • 8 Key Steps to Blogging Mastery

As the title suggests, it is an 8-point guide on how to start and build a blog, written by the web guru Jeff Bullas, super famous social media marketing blogger.

Download -> www.jeffbullas.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-key-steps.pdf

jeff bullas

  • Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog

One of the handbooks by The Daily Post, a blog about blogging managed by the team of wordpress.com.
This ebook gives advices on how to increase the audience of your blog, what makes your blog more visible and attractive to new readers, and so on.
A comprehensive guide, from analyzing the statistics to the best use of social networks.

Link -> dailypost.wordpress.com/postaday/ebook-grow-traffic

grow your traffic

  • 365 Writing Prompts

Ok, this ebook, also by The Daily Post, is not properly about blogging, but it may be an idea to give a little shock to the inspiration.
There’s a tip for every day of the year, so we can write every day.
Good practice to train our writing!

Link -> dailypost.wordpress.com/postaday/ebook-365-writing-prompts

365 writing

Probably soon I’ll find others, so I think I’ll write other lists of ebooks. Meanwhile, I hope these are useful to you.

If you want to suggest someone else, write it in the comments! Thanks 🙂