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Convergent Journalism an Introduction: Writing and Producing Across Media Paperback – August 26, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0240807249 ISBN-10: 0240807243 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240807243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240807249
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I knew within 10 minutes of opening this book I would adopt it for my multi-media/convergence course. It is a carefully crafted book written with grace. The new world of media is moving at break-neck speed and this is a book that helps all of us envision what the future can and will be. Although a complex and even controversial topic, Quinn and Filak explain, define and provide a great jumping off point for their readers into the world of convergence. The chapters are written by authors of power, credibility and good common sense. Best of all, my students like (that's right like) the book.

--Ralph Braseth is director of the fully converged student media center at the University of Mississippi and is assistant professor of journalism.

"...shows that writing a textbook about convergent journalism when most news media have yet to converge is not an easy endeavor, a combination of futurology and guesswork...It is also a worthy if not daring primer about the brave-new-world that awaits." - CBQ, Summer 2006

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ralph B. Braseth on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I knew within 10 minutes of opening this book I would adopt it for my multi-media/convergence course. It is a carefully crafted book written with grace. The new world of media is moving at break-neck speed and this is a book that helps all of us envision what the future can and will be. Although a complex and even controversial topic, Quinn and Filak explain, define and provide a great jumping off point for their readers into the world of convergence. The chapters are written by authors of power, credibility and good common sense. Best of all, my students like -- that's right like -- the book.

Ralph Braseth is director of the fully converged student media center at the University of Mississippi and is assistant professor of journalism
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Mans on March 1, 2009
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I bought this book thinking that it would explain the convergence of journalism, not the basics of it. So much of this book rehashes the obvious points of journalism. I don't, for example, need to know what an inverted pyramid or nut graf is. I would like to know how these are treated differently for web, broadcast, print, magazine, radio, etc.

Many points in this book could have been better illustrated with charts or even short bullet points, rather than paragraphs of text that tend to repeat the obvious.

Additionally, this book is in desperate need of an update. Blogs, for example are no longer just personal journals. They are a part of most news agencies, as an extension of beat reporting. They are often not connected to a person, but a topic. Many points have drastically evolved since this book was published.

I would not recommend this book for teaching. Rather, use articles and chapters from books published by the experts of their fields. Journalism students don't need a gloss over snipets of multimedia, they need to be introduced to the best of the best. They need to read about web usability from Jakob Nielsen, and photojournalism from the Ken Kobre. Only after you understand why the best are the best, can you understand how their expertise can compliment each other.
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