Journalism educators who have been struggling to understand media convergence, its impact on the profession, and what to teach students so they can work in this new world, can now rest easier. Janet Kolodzy's Convergence Journalism: Writing and Reporting across the News Media does an outstanding job of explaining why and how journalists should offer news in a variety of ways to reach the widest audience possible. But it doesn't skimp on the basics, either, covering the importance of sourcing, interviewing, research, writing, and visuals, among other things, in a lively, fresh, and engaging way. Instead of having to cobble together materials from different print, broadcast, and online texts, educators now can use Kolodzy's book, which makes an important contribution to journalism education in general, and convergence journalism specifically. -- Laura Castaneda, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California Writing for new media presents special challenges, something explored with depth and insight in Janet Kolodzy's new book. As someone who teaches reporting and writing for multiple media to undergraduates and graduate students, I found Kolodzy's approach creative and informative. -- Cecile S. Holmes, University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication Janet Kolodzy's conceptual discussion of convergence adds to this text's versatility and places it a step above previous books that focused only on technical or writing skills. Journalism And Mass Communication Educator To her credit she speaks to the people working in converged newsrooms and the book is crammed with case studies-essential when looking at a medium that is being made up as we speak-and there are conceptual models for the theorist too. -- Janet Kolodzy Journalism Studies, Vol 8, No. 5, 2007
Book Companion Site For at least a decade, media prognosticators have been declaring the death of radio, daily newspapers, journalistic ethics, and even journalism itself. But in Convergence Journalism_an introductory text on how to think, report, write, and present news across platforms_Janet Kolodzy predicts that the new century will be an era of change and choice in journalism. Journalism of the future will involve all sorts of media: old and new, niche and mass, personal and global. This text will prepare journalism students for the future of news reporting.