a pioneering online journalist, graduate plans to take on TV reporting
By Ida Lee Wootten
Robertson is determined to change the way Americans consume the
news. Given the legacy she leaves the University, she is on her
December 1998 Robertson created an online news magazine called
theangle.com (located at http://www.theangle.com).
Affiliated with Washingtonpost.com, the online version of the
Washington Post, the angle.com presents news packaged with interactive
discussion, photo galleries, animation and graphics. Although
just over a year old, theangle.com was one of three finalists
in the "Best Online College Newspaper" category in the
national Editor and Publisher online awards competition this February.
an all-volunteer staff, the angle.com -- which began as a monthly
publication and now appears biweekly during the academic year
-- looks much like an electronic version of a newspaper, but seeks
to probe issues in more depth than newspapers usually do. A recent
issue, for example, focused on the "Take Back the Night"
campaign to end sexual assault, offering a selection of photos
tracking the event, as well as resources to help assault victims.
teachers have little doubt that she is making a mark in journalism.
"We're looking at the future of journalism," predicted
William H. Fishback, a senior lecturer who teaches news writing.
"Anna has led the way here in using technology to bring in
a new generation of news readers."
who will earn a B.A. in English
through U.Va.'s American studies program, will head to New York
City after graduation to work in television news. She hopes to
link online news sources more closely with television.
"I love the potential of powerful images on television,"
Robertson said. "I think TV news has strong potential to
be of service to people. It can enrich their lives."
also will continue working with Washingtonpost.com as a consultant
helping to develop its education and children's sections.
"Anna is one of the most talented young journalists I've
worked with in years," said Jim Sheppard, Washington post.com
deputy editor. "She blends traditional journalism skills
with solid thinking about how to present factual, balanced news
in the fast-paced, interactive medium of the Web."
work at U.Va. has benefited many students. Frustrated by the lack
of a journalism department at U.Va., Robertson created the Journalism
Information Network, an electronic source that provides information
on internships, speakers, seminars and jobs.
of it will live on in U.Va.'s new media studies program -- the
symposium series with prominent journalists. Representatives of
theangle.com will also serve on the program's student advisory
on her experiences at the University, Robertson said, "I've
learned that if a need is not being met, you can rise to the occasion
to meet that need. I've also learned that there is much support
here for students who take their own initiative."
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A Pioneer in Online Journalism, May Graduate Plans on Making Positive
Impact on Television Reporting