Principles of Convergent Journalism / Edition 1

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Overview


From PDAs to cell phones to computer screens, journalism is no longer confined to the printed page; now journalists must learn to move confidently across a variety of media platforms. In Principles of Convergent Journalism--a skills-oriented introduction to this timely topic--Jeffrey S. Wilkinson, August E. Grant, and Douglas Fisher provide an essential guide to navigating the increasingly complex and vibrant media landscape.

A cutting-edge resource for both up-and-coming and established journalists, this innovative text challenges students to create convergent journalism that is both pivotal and distinctive. Beginning with a brief primer on basic reporting and interviewing skills, this volume also covers the following topics:

• Repurposing both print and broadcast content for the Internet

• Key principles of broadcast writing and reporting for print reporters

• Key principles of print writing and reporting for broadcast reporters

• Writing news for the Internet

• Incorporating convergent journalism techniques into other emerging media

Ideal as a core text for courses in convergent journalism or as a supplementary text in news writing and reporting courses, Principles of Convergent Journalism imparts new skills that, when put into practice, will produce versatile, dynamic, and accomplished journalists.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This text is long overdue! Convergence has been talked about for years but few have put forth the effort to help explain it in a way that faculty can use in a classroom. The authors do a good job of explaining the relationships between the various traditional media while providing evidence that convergence is happening regardless of those who refuse to admit it. The text is skills-oriented, and that is so critical in today's curriculum. Students learn by doing, and this text does a very good job of comparing similarities and differences among media."--Colin Pillow, Arkansas State University

"The authors do an excellent job giving an overview of the essential roles and approaches of different media. [This book] is easy enough for a student to read--and maybe even comprehend while listening to his iPod, chatting on IM, texting, and watching ESPN (don't try this at home)--without sacrificing clarity, content, or substance."--Richard Landesburg, Elon University

"Convergence has already happened and continues to happen in the profession, but those of us in academia have been slow, even stubborn in examining this major force in media which is anything but a passing fad. Wilkinson, et al. have developed a seminal text in this area, and I'd like to recommend this book for every journalism program in the country."--Ralph Braseth, University of Mississippi

"This text is long overdue! Convergence has been talked about for years but few have put forth the effort to help explain it in a way that faculty can use in a classroom. The authors do a good job of explaining the relationships between the various traditional media while providing evidence that convergence is happening regardless of those who refuse to admit it. The text is skills-oriented, and that is so critical in today's curriculum. Students learn by doing, and this text does a very good job of comparing similarities and differences among media."--Colin Pillow, Arkansas State University

"The authors do an excellent job giving an overview of the essential roles and approaches of different media. [This book] is easy enough for a student to read--and maybe even comprehend while listening to his iPod, chatting on IM, texting, and watching ESPN (don't try this at home)--without sacrificing clarity, content, or substance."--Richard Landesburg, Elon University

"Convergence has already happened and continues to happen in the profession, but those of us in academia have been slow, even stubborn in examining this major force in media which is anything but a passing fad. Wilkinson, et al. have developed a seminal text in this area, and I'd like to recommend this book for every journalism program in the country."--Ralph Braseth, University of Mississippi

"Now into the fray come Jeffrey S. Wilkinson, August E. Grant, and Douglas J. Fisher with the publication of their book Principles of Convergent Journalism. To the authors' eternal credit, there's no diffidence in their approach to the disputed landscape. They attack the philosophy, reasons, and realities of convergence in the first half of the book, giving professors and students much to consider at the beginning of any journalism course. The authors focus on the realities of what's actually happening, which has the effect of allowing students to see themselves as part of this new world without becoming bogged down in a professor's lament about 'how things used to be.'"--Nancy McKenzie Dupont, Electronic News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195339246
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey S. Wilkinson is Professor and Coordinator of the International Journalism Programme at United International College (Zhuhai, China), founded jointly by Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University.

August E. Grant is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina and editor of Communication Technology Update.

Douglas Fisher is a veteran broadcast, newspaper, and wire service journalist. A former Kiplinger Fellow, he teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
1. Introduction to Convergent Journalism
2. Journalism Basics: Writing, Reporting, Interviewing
3. Convergent Journalism Skills and Roles
4. From Print to Internet: Repurposing Content
5. From Print to Internet: New Types of Content
6. From Broadcast to Internet: Repurposing Content
7. From Broadcast to Internet: New Types of Content
8. Basics of Broadcasting
9. Basics of Print
10. Online News
11. Social Media and Journalism
12. Adding Multimedia to the Web
13. Converging with Other Emerging Media
14. The Business of Convergent Journalism
15. Your Future in Convergent Journalism
Glossary
Index

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