Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 2012: A case study in convergence at the Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones’ coverage of the Discovery Communications hostage drama in 2010 marked a new era of cooperation in one editor's five-year journey to harmonize breaking news coverage for the Dow Jones Newswires,, and The Wall Street Journal print editions in Washington. It also provides broader lessons for editors and reporters harassed to satisfy competing demands in the modern newsroom and for academics trying to prepare students for this chaos

Rob Wells, formerly of The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business News, and the Associated Press, explains how convergence played a key role during a Washington-area hostage crisis for reporters and editors trying to feed the Dow Jones Newswire,, and The Wall Street Journal's print editions. Wells uses that invaluable field experience to prepare students for the demands of the newsroom. 

Read his account and the invaluable lessons he learned -- and now teaches students -- in the latest edition of The Convergence Newsletter. Then join the conversation at our Facebook or Google+ pages.

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