Trio of Journalism Conferences Begins

The Convergence Conference, Journalism Interactive and Associated Collegiate Press are all meeting this week. A lot of discussion about change in the way we do and teach journalism.

This is the view from my hotel window along Assembly Street in downtown Columbia. The trees obscure the view of The Carolina Coliseum where the School of Journalism and Mass Communication is located.

COLUMBIA, SC– We’re waking up in South Carolina’s state capital, beginning a two-day visit here, the second such trip in 2011.

Convergence Conference 2011, sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, kicks off at its convergence facility, Newsplex, later this morning.

This is the 10th such gathering and will focus on sustainability and media regeneration.

But, the Convergence Conference is just one of three journalism conferences happening over the next three days.    If you’re an enthusiast of journalism and the role that multimedia and mobile technology are changing the profession, you probably would want to be both here in Columbia and in East Hyattsville, Maryland.

The University of Maryland’s University Center is the site for a first-of-its-kind gathering of academics and industry leaders talking about interactivity, mobile and the implications for what we teach in the journalism classroom.

Journalism Interactive is not affiliated with a specific scholarly association, but sponsored by a host of universities and Sage/CQ Press.  It runs tomorrow and Saturday.

Thankfully, the two gatherings only overlap by one day.   Thanks to Southwest Airlines I’ll be able to catch the second day of Journalism Interactive.

It should be a great three days.

As if two journalism gatherings aren’t enough- – the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers are also meeting this week in Orlando.   Some of our University of Alabama students from The Crimson White, our college daily,  will be talking about mobile and multimedia issues as they talk to other college publication editors and advisers.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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