Chapter 1: What is convergence and how will it affect my life?
Author: Stephen Quinn, professor of journalism
- Defines the issues
- Sets the scene
- Shows how convergence is evolving worldwide
- Discusses the technologies driving convergence
- Outlines the skills that next-generation journalists will need
- Discusses the possible futures journalism faces
Chapter 2: The multi-media assignment editor and producer
Author: Terry Heifetz, managing editor NewsLink Indiana converged news service
- Convergence as event-driven news; therefore role of assignment editor is key
- Roles of producer and assignment editor (in detail); how they work together
- Differences in the positions between traditional and converged newsrooms
- Strengths of each type of media
- Organizing a program
Chapter 3: Words: The foundation stone of journalism
Author: Vincent F. Filak, assistant professor of journalism and advisor to Daily News
- The written word and its value to all forms of media
- In the world of converged media, employers are still looking for good writers.
- The re-emergence of the inverted pyramid and writing tight. What writers need to get information to people.
- Tight and smart writing doesn't mean boring writing. Ways to make your writing both crisp and engaging.
- A second look: How to edit yourself and get the piece ready for public consumption. Discusses adding enough background, reading something out loud, asking yourself questions and so forth.
Chapter 4: Broadcast writing and speaking
Author: Robert A. Papper, professor of telecommunications
- How to write and broadcast news for radio
- Writing for the ear