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Multimedia News Storytelling as Digital Literacies

A Genre-Aware Approach to Online Journalism Education

Yang Song

New media has brought constant evolution to professional journalism practices and news genres. Online news practices challenge the occupational jurisdiction of journalism with a multiplicity of conflicting and competing journalistic ideals. In order to prepare journalism students to meet the demands of online journalism today, journalism schools have developed courses that emphasize journalistic practice on online news platforms and tools, such as Twitter, WordPress.com, Soundslides Plus, etc.

Drawing on the theoretical lens of digital literacies, Multimedia News Storytelling as Digital Literacies problematizes the emphasis on transmission of certain professional values and news formats without raising students’ critical awareness that there can be diversity of values. Methodologically, the present study proposes a genre-aware, semiotic-aware, critical framework that aims at analyzing digital literacies required and practiced by online journalists. It simultaneously encompasses dimensions of professional culture, professional practices, and abstraction of instantiated meaning making via multimodal semiotic resources.

Multimedia News Storytelling as Digital Literacies is ideal for courses in journalism and mass communication, curriculum studies, and digital literacies. The book is a valuable resource for online journalism educators, journalism students, and online journalism practitioners.

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Names: Song, Yang, author. Title: Multimedia news storytelling as digital literacies: a genre-aware approach to online journalism education / Yang Song. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2018060933 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6543-6 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-6544-3 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6545-0 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-6546-7 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Online journalism—Study and teaching. | Media literacy. Classification: LCC PN4784.O62 S66 2019 | DDC 070.4—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018060933 DOI 10.3726/b15059

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