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What is convergent journalism?

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!

For instance check out this converged story.

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?



3 Responses to “What is convergent journalism?”

  1. Journalism Can Be Fun Too « Ayesha Almazroui
    June 24th, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    […] remembered reading a blog post by James Piecowye, Zayed University’s college of communication and media sciences […]

  2. Week 6 Multimedia Journalism | mght33
    February 27th, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    […] partnerships in which journalists work and distribute content across several news platforms.” (http://jamesed.com/2011/06/what-is-convergent-journalism/). […]

  3. What ever happened to change being a good thing? | alex rumore
    April 25th, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    […] Convergent journalism is the use of multiple media platforms, including the Internet, to publish news and journalism. Through the emergence of convergent journalism, participatory journalism has also developed. Participatory journalism opens up the realms of communication and allows the public to put their views out there in cyberspace, where previously they would have been held silent due to publishing constraints. […]

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