Vincent F. Filak, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher, scholar and college media adviser who serves as a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he primarily teaches courses on media writing and reporting. Prior to his arrival at UWO, he served on the faculty at Ball State University and also taught courses at the University of Missouri and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also previously worked for the Wisconsin State Journal and the Columbia Missourian newspapers.
Filak has earned the Distinguished Four-Year Newspaper Adviser award from the College Media Association for his work with the Advance-Titan, UWO’s student newspaper. CMA previously honored him as an Honor Roll Recipient for his work as the adviser of the Daily News at Ball State. The National Scholastic Press Association presented him with its highest honor, the Pioneer Award, “in recognition of significant contributions to high school publications and journalism programs.”
As a scholar, Filak has received more than a dozen top conference paper awards, including those from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Broadcast Education Association and the International Public Relations Society of America. He has published more than 30 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals, including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Newspaper Research Journal, the Atlantic Journal of Communication, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, the Howard Journal of Communication, Educational Psychology and the British Journal of Social Psychology. He is also the winner of CMA’s Nordin Research Award, which goes to the best research paper completed on a topic pertaining to media advisers within a given year.
He has published several textbooks in the field of journalism, including “Dynamics of Media Writing” (Sage), “Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing” (Sage), “Convergent Journalism” (Focal) and “The Journalist’s Handbook to Online Editing” (with Kenneth L. Rosenauer; Pearson).
He lives in Omro, Wisconsin, with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Zoe.
Key Features:An audience-centric approach encourages students to understand why and how news is relevant to the lives of their readers before they even start digging into their stories.
Key Features:“Writing Exercises” enable you to recall & demonstrate your understanding of various elements found in each chapter in Dynamics of News Writing and Reporting. “Practice Writing” exercises empower you to apply their knowledge in a safe, in-class environment. “Live-Action Exercises” encourage you to expand their knowledge and experience through out-of-class reporting and writing opportunities.