Reviews

Commentary on the book from around the Web.


Alfred Hermida takes issue with our use of "repurposing"

Hermida, who was daily news editor at BBC.com for four years and now leads the graduate program in multiplatform journalism at the University of British Columbia, does not like that we have two chapters, one that talks about "repurposing" print and another about "repurposing" broadcast. Well, we admit we don't like the idea much, either, but it is reality. So in a book aimed not only at students but at professionals who might also want to "repurpose" themselves, wouldn't it be disingenuous to ignore reality as it currently is and not suggest best ways of doing it? Besides, there are 10 other chapters in the book, eight of which deal primarily with creating new content, not just for the Web but also for other emerging digital media. (Two chapters are designed to help print folks if they are called on to do broadcast and broadcast folks who may be called on to do a print or text-based Web version of a story. Unfortunately, digital is not the only medium out there in which people might be called to work.) Maybe by the next edition we will be able to ditch the "repurposing." We can only hope.

Nancy Dupont praises the book in Electronic News [2(4) 239-40, 2008]

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The book's biggest benefactors, however, might be the members of the academy. At its most basic level, Principles of Convergent Journalism is a handbook of what's possible for news presentation at this very moment. In calmer, more predictable times, that accomplishment might not be so lofty. Today, after so many confusing years in the convergence arena, knowing what's actually happening might be the most valuable tool professors have as we lead our students into this exciting yet unpredictable information age.