Monday, November 12, 2007

November 2007 Issue Now Available

As recent posts on this blog have indicated, last month was a pretty noteworthy one for us here at The Convergence Newsletter. With USC hosting its annual Convergence Conference, we were able to rub elbows with some top researchers (and practitioners) in the field of convergent journalism, while also shamelessly soliciting them for submissions.

The November issue of The Convergence Newsletter bears some of the fruits of that effort.

We are happy to present the first in what (we hope) will be a long series of articles by this year's conference presenters, in which they summarize their presentations and even build a little upon them. For those who attended the conference last month, consider these adaptions valuable supplements to what you took away from the event. For those who weren't in Columbia, may these summaries entice you to consider attending next year's conference, where you'll have access to a host of research and insights of the kind we offer in TCN.

But first, you'll hear from USC's Doug Fisher, the new executive editor of TCN. He discusses some of the changes that will be coming to the newsletter, but stresses this point: You, the reader, are to be the ultimate decider of how we should operate moving forward. We hope you'll take advantage of the commenting feature on this blog, and our e-mail addresses listed in the newsletter, to give us some feedback.

Click here to read November's issue of The Convergence Newsletter.

As always, you can find recent and archived issues here.

November 2007: Beyond Definitions

Dr. Augie Grant has been around the convergence block a few times. As the chairman of the annual Convergence Conference (and former executive editor of The Convergence Newsletter, no less), he gets a pretty good look at what people are studying and talking about when it comes to convergence, and which direction things are headed in the industry and in academia.

For November's issue, Dr. Grant offers something of a "conference wrap up," and gives some perspectives on where this whole notion of convergence has been and where it may be going.

Read the full article here.

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November 2007: Filling a Local Multimedia Void

Dr. Dennis Jeffers, of Central Michigan University, gave what was (at least in this humble editor's opinion) one of the more fascinating presentations as he discussed two newspapers that have taken advantage of a local television void by offering "newscasts" of their own on their Web sites. Could this be the future of local news coverage? Who needs a local network TV affiliate when you have a newspaper, a camera and a Web page?

Read Dr. Jeffers' article here.

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November 2007: Teach Them TV

USC's own Harvie Nachlinger brought all of us convergence crazies back down to earth a bit with his presentation "Teach Them TV," in which he stressed that television news producers in most cases continue to do things the "old-fashioned" way, so we may not want to be too overzealous in our teaching of "convergence," in all its shapes and forms, to the TV journalists of tomorrow.

Read the full article here.

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