COLUMBIA, S.C.– Time to depart the Convergence Conference here and head to Journalism Interactive Conference in Hyattsville, MD. But, before I leave, I wanted to pose a few points that someone may tackle in our last session– a roundtable discussion called the “Participatory Plenary.”
Looking back at the panels and the papers presented as well as our keynote last night, these FIVE Points come to mind:
1. Convergence is not about the tools, technology or legacy media, it’s about the audience and its role.
2. Modeling of What Convergence is still needs to be done with both theoretical development and new data-gathering.
3. Digital Media and their own sustainability are now worthy of discussion and dialogue.
4. There is still a digital divide when it comes to multimedia or convergence journalism education.
5. Longitudinal Research may be harder to come by, especially when media outlets have a “no survey” policy. What are the implications of this for future convergence/multimedia research?