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Convergence Journalism: Writing and Reporting across the News Media [Paperback]

Janet Kolodzy
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5 May 2006 0742538869 978-0742538863 illustrated edition
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.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; illustrated edition edition (5 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742538869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742538863
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Janet Kolodzy teaches journalism at Emerson College and has worked as a reporter, writer, copy editor, and producer for newspapers and television news.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A mix of the practical and the conceptual 8 Dec 2006
`Convergence' is one of many buzzwords currently doing the rounds in the news industry, and like many buzzwords, there is often confusion about what it actually means. For some it represents a new model of mixed-media journalism; for others it represents a change in organisational structure.

For Janet Kolodzy it's both, and more besides. Kolodzy takes that term `convergence' as her starting point, and spends the whole of the first chapter outlining its different forms - from the convergence of technologies that has taken place with digitisation, to economic convergence in media ownership, through to the journalistic convergence that is seeing both a combination of media forms into one `multimedia' form, and a multiplication of delivery systems.

From there she looks at how newsroom practices have had to change as a result of convergence, and at news values. To her credit she speaks to the people working in converged newsrooms and the book is littered 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.

There is a chapter on gathering and producing a news story in a convergent age, which gives a good insight into the different considerations in gathering video and text material - although more thought could have been given here to audio and interactivity. Indeed, a journalist following the steps outlined here would be guilty of traditional linear storytelling: while interviews are covered, for example, no mention is made of the option to get readers to post questions online, or indeed to arrange a live chat.

These ideas are left instead for the chapters on broadcast, print, and online `basics'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated 6 Nov 2012
By Lisa Shea - Published on
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Convergence Journalism by Janet Kolodzy is, if nothing else, a clear indication of just how quickly the world is changing and how material has to change in order to keep up with it. Back in 2006, when Ms. Kolodzy wrote this book, I'm sure it was cutting edge. The chapters discuss how TV stations were entering the world of the internet, how radio stations were merging, and so on. This was all exciting and new.

However, here we are in 2012 and it's all quite old hat. Of course we expect our local CBS station to have a website where we can follow the news. Of course our local papers have websites where we can chime in with our views on issues and get up to date information. This is all normal and expected.

The book uses for examples stories like Eli Manning's first NFL training camp in 2004. With all the wild things that have gone on that lit up the blog-o-sphere and Twitter feeds in the past few years, far more potent examples could be given.

Yes the details about "components of a good print story" are going to be valid decades from now - but that is not what this book is about. The book is about how the various styles of news are converging and merging. It's fairly critical for that to be up to date, not a historic review.

What struck me most about this book is that - for all of its focus on a variety of media options - there is no online component! Every other textbook I get, from statistics to marketing to crisis communication, has an online component to it with video and audio. And here we have a topic which is ALL ABOUT how these various worlds interact, and all we have is the written book! This absolutely should have come with audio clips, video clips, multimedia presentations, and a full offering so that we could see first hand how a story's nature changes based on how it was presented. Instead all we can do is read about it in our book and try to imagine it.

If ever a book was greatly in need of an updated version in order to remain relevant, this book is it.

Rating: 3/5

I purchased this book with my own funds in order to take my class.
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