If you want to know about me, Vince Filak, feel free to click here. The story below is about the blog, which is a much cooler tale:

This blog started back in 2017 when SAGE publishing was getting ready to launch my “Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing” textbook. The conversation went something like this:

EDITOR: “So we want you to have a whole digital presence to go along with the book. You’ll want to be on social media with a new Twitter account and you’ll be doing a blog to support the text-“

ME: “Wait, what? The hell do I know about blogging?”

EDITOR: “You’ll learn.”

Since that inauspicious start, we’ve evolved here at Dynamics of Writing to support multiple textbooks, cover news items of interest to media education folks and provide the readers with extra content that can help them help others in the classroom. I never saw this as a book-pimping tool or a rah-rah site, but more as a crash pad/local tavern for journalists, journalism educators and journalism students. I want the site to be informative and helpful without being boring or overly serious. I consider John Oliver as my spirit animal.

This is a one-person operation, with some assistance from guest bloggers, friends and the occasional check-in from SAGE folks, so mistakes will occur, but we’re trying to keep them to a minimum. If something gets messed up, tell me and I’ll fix it. If you want something covered that I didn’t cover, tell me and I’ll do it. At the end of the day, this site is more about you than me, so pipe up and get me on the right track.

Feel free to hit me up on twitter at my “DoctorOfPaper” account (It’s a long story) or via the contact form on the site.


Vince (the Doctor of Paper)