Posted on | June 15, 2011 | 3 Comments
Are we there yet?
What is convergent journalism and is anyone really teaching it?
Sure there is a lot of talk but is there a lot of actual application?
And then there is the whole issue of whether convergent journalism simply further blurs the PR/journalism line altogether.
Here is a good place to start the conversation, a definition.
Criado and Kraeplin (2009) give a very functional definition. They define convergence journalism as, “print, broadcast, and online news staffs forging partnerships in which journalists work and distribute content across several news platforms” (p. 19).
So is convergent journalism the media, the message or a bit of both?
I opt for the second and then wonder, out loud, if we professors are actually teaching convergence or building our own media silos to protect our fields of interest!
I suspect the later.
The only thing getting in the way of students being taught how to be convergent storytellers is academia!
You have not heard of Storify?
You need to watch this interview with the creators.
One of the guys was an AP reporter for close to 12 years.
Convergent journalism is about tools and how we use them.
There has never been a better time than now to start talking about the media and the message being combined to tell the full and continuing story.
Journalism isn’t just telling anymore it is curating content.
Is today’s academia ready for convergence of the storytelling process?
Maybe the better question is does it really matter if academia is ready or not for the convergence process?