3rd Edition

Writing and Editing for Digital Media

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ISBN 9781138636033
Published June 27, 2017 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

Writing and Editing for Digital Media teaches students how to write effectively for digital spaces—whether writing for an app, crafting a story for a website, blogging, or using social media to expand the conversation. The lessons and exercises in each chapter help students build a solid understanding of the ways that digital communication has introduced opportunities for dynamic storytelling and multi-directional communication. With this accessible guide and accompanying website, students learn not only to create content, but also to become careful, creative managers of that content.

Updated with contemporary examples and pedagogy, including examples from the 2016 presidential election, and an expanded look at using social media, the third edition broadens its scope, helping digital writers and editors in all fields, including public relations, marketing, and social media management.

Based on Brian Carroll's extensive experience teaching a course of the same name, this revised and updated edition pays particular attention to opportunities presented by the growth of social media and mobile media. Chapters aim to:

  • Assist digital communicators in understanding the socially networked, increasingly mobile, always-on, geomapped, personalized media ecosystems;
  • Teach communicators to approach storytelling from a multimedia, multi-modal, interactive perspective;
  • Provide the basic skill sets of the digital writer and editor, skill sets that transfer across all media and most communication and media industries, and to do so in specifically journalistic and public relations contexts;
  • Help communicators to put their audiences first by focusing attention on user experience, user behavior, and engagement with their user bases;
  • Teach best practices in the areas of social media strategy, management, and use.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Writing for Digital Media

2. Editing for Digital Media: Strategies

3. Writing for Digital Media II: Tools and Techniques

4. Editing for Digital Media II: Voice and Visual Style

5. Establishing and Communicating Credibility in Digital Spaces

6. Knowing and (Ethically) Serving Your Audience

7. Blogito Ergo Sum

8. Journalism in a Digital Age

9. Public Relations in a Digital Age

10. Navigating the Legal Landscape

Appendix: The Core Values of Digital Journalism

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Brian Carroll is Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication at Berry College, where he has taught since 2003. A former reporter, editor, and photographer, he is also the author of When to Stop the Cheering? The Black Press, the Black Community, and the Integration of Professional Baseball (2007) and A Devil’s Bargain: The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915–1960 (2015). You can find him on the web at cubanxgiants.com.


"Digital spaces keep evolving. Social media constantly changes. Adroit storytelling, precision writing and tight editing are forever. This textbook links foundational journalism principles with ambient media values to cleverly teach methods as content creators. Lessons and exercises are practical for identifying the underpinnings of writing through use of various platforms." —Margena A. Christian, University of Illinois at Chicago

"The one book your students will not want to get rid of when the course is over. Media studies, journalism, and multimodal composition students appreciate the combination of Carroll's concrete advice in the context of his incisive appraisal of ever-changing new media landscapes. This is a tremendously versatile digital writer's reference book that manages to be intellectually engaging and supremely practical at the same time." –Heather Julien, Emory University

"In the latest edition of his textbook, Carroll does just what he promises: He keeps pace with the complex and often, as he says, blurry world of digital media while maintaining a solid journalistic grounding in the fundamentals of digital writing and editing." –Scott Warnock, Drexel University

"A superb presentation of conceptual frameworks grounded in practical examples, Writing and Editing for Digital Media prompts students to bridge design with content, voice with style, and argumentation with ethics. The new and expanded coverage of data visualization, geo-mapping, and social media guides users to develop increasingly interactive and multimodal digital texts." –Ashley J. Holmes, Georgia State University

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