Newspaper students learned to write, edit and design newspaper pages and meet deadlines, but may not have learned anything about video or photography.
Yearbook students learned to write, edit and design yearbook pages, meet big deadlines, but may not have learned anything about video or photography.
Broadcast students learned to write and produce story packages and deliver the news on the air, but might not have learned how to write a story for print or take a still photograph.
Photography students learned how to take pictures, file them and prepare them for publication, but may not have learned how photography and the printed word worked together.
Everyone knew about what went on in their own little world, but may have had little understanding about how the entire process worked and may not have learned which would be the very best way to present certain information.
The use of technology—faster and more capable computers, digital camcorders and SLR cameras, iPods, cell phones, CDs and DVDs, web sites—have all become part of the information process. News travels faster than ever before and is received not only on television and radio and in newspapers, but through web sites, cell phones and even iPods.
MySpace and Facebook and other social networking sites online have become extremely popular among all age groups. Members access their own and friends pages to find out all kinds of information including news, listen to music, watch videos and much more.
Edublog.org Online journaling, or blogging (short for web logging) has experienced a veritable explosion in popularity. Personal blogs, educational blogs, business blogs, political blogs, news blogs, opinion blogs have come together to form what is called the Blogosphere. And this blogosphere has changed the face of the media forever. Blogs can be accessed by computer, cell phone, iPods and it won’t be long before the technology will be there to access them through television and other media.
With social networking sites, blogging sites, shopping sites (Amazon.com, Overstock.com, eBay.com, along with brick and mortar stores which have set up online shopping), message boards, music sites, video sites, ability to watch missed episodes of favorite television shows, online gaming, online banking, online stock trading, online dating, etc., is it any wonder that people are spending more time than ever before online?
Faced with declining subscriptions, especially among young readers, began duplicating their content on the web with the addition of interactive features, such as polls,infographics, blogs and forums.
With the versatility of the web, they could add other features as streaming video and audio podcasts.
They began partnering with television news teams in their local areas to consolidate information.
Newspaper and television news teams collaborated on how best to present the news, choosing which medium would work better for specific components.
Newspapers are still in a state of transition. Some are moving entirely to the web. Others are cutting back on production or eliminating home delivery except on weekends.
Readers became a part of the process as well. Not only can their thoughts and opinions be submitted through online forums and blogs, and traditional letters to the editor, but today’s fairly inexpensive digital cameras, camcorders and cell phones allow ordinary citizens to submit video and pictures of news events as they happen. “ Citizen journalism”, while controversial, allows more interaction and supplies publications with access to content they would not otherwise have.
Convergence is the merging of print media, photojournalism, podcasting, video/broadcast, the Internet and other media such as DVDs into a dynamic media entity where all team members understand and participate in the entire process, from beginning to end, to prepare information for dissemination to readers, viewers, and listeners. While some team members will eventually specialize, all are trained in the entire process.
Downtime will be reduced or totally eliminated because each staffer will be working on components to be used in all publications.
The focus will be on the process rather than the product.
Staffers, individually or in teams, will take responsibility for specific beats and carry them throughout the year, making sure they get the coverage in the yearbook, newspaper and any video presentations that they deserve.
Staffers will get to express themselves in creative ways as they determine how best to tell a story.
More class time can be devoted to the production of each publication because the class will not be devoted to one specific publication.
Staffers will have a better understanding of how the news media work because they will be involved in multiple aspects of media production.
Deadlines should be less hectic for all staffers who keep up with their beats and have all photographs, statistics, quotes and features written along the way. Yearbook spreads should go together with no problems.
Staffers will be required to keep track of their progress and be able to pull photos, video footage, quotes, statistics and other information at any time.