Five Points for Convergence Conference Participatory Plenary

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?

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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