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Convergent Journalism: An Introduction

Writing and Producing Across Media, 2nd Edition

Edited by Vincent F. Filak


246 pages

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Convergent Journalism: An Introduction is a pioneering textbook that will teach you how to master the skills needed to be a journalist in today’s converged media landscape. This book shows you what makes a news story effective, and how to identify the best platform for a particular story, whether it’s the Web, broadcast or print. The bedrock tenets of journalism remain at the core of this book, including information dissemination, storytelling, audience engagement. After establishing these journalism basics, the book goes into great detail on how to tailor a story to meet the needs of various media.

Vincent F. Filak has brought this second edition completely up to date through:

  • A thorough reorganization of the chapters, which provides a newer, more practical approach focused on "how to do convergent journalism," rather than simply observing the current state of converged media.
  • A number of new pedagogical features to improve learning and retention, including examples, exercises, breakout boxes and more.
  • Coverage of additional topics such as issues of law and ethics in digital media, and also writing for mobile platforms and social media.
  • A companion website with links to additional examples of quality text, images and multimedia for students, as well as an instructor site with a test bank, suggested exercises and discussion questions.


'Wow, what a great collection to have all in one place. An outstanding new contribution which I would be delighted to use in future classes!' - Kelly Kaufhold, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, USA

'The days of the journalist banging away at the typewriter are long gone. It is a different industry today and tomorrow where journalists must be well versed in writing in different formats, using multiple digital platforms, and conducting research online. This book is a vital tool to teach the new wave of journalism.' - Aaron J. Moore, Ph.D., Rider University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Defining Convergence Vincent F. Filak 2. Writing Across Platforms Glenn Hubbard 3. Finding Stories Vincent F. Filak 4. Reporting Beyond the Basics Scott Reinardy 5. Structure and Storytelling Vincent F. Filak 6. Photography Timothy R. Gleason 7. Information Graphics Jennifer George-Palilonis 8. Audio and Video Journalism Erika Engstrom and Gary Larson 9. Data-driven Journalism Bob Britten 10. Social Media Sara Steffes Hansen 11. Multimedia Journalism Steven Chappell 12. The Law and Convergent Journalism Daxton R. "Chip" Stewart 13. Ethics in the Digital Age Tracy Everbach

About the Editor

Vincent F. Filak, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he teaches writing and editing courses and serves as the adviser to the school’s award-winning newspaper, The Advance-Titan. He has taught journalism courses at the University of Missouri, the University of Wisconsin and Ball State University, where he also advised the Ball State Daily News. He produced the first edition of this book, "Convergent Journalism: An Introduction," with Dr. Stephen Quinn, and co-authored the book "The Journalist’s Handbook for Online Editing" with Dr. Kenneth L. Rosenauer. He has contributed to the books "Media in an American Crisis: Studies of Sept. 11, 2001" and "Understanding Media Convergence," and has extensively published research on issues of media convergence, e-learning and student journalism.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies