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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Journalism educators from California to Carolina to Connecticut are adding to the latest conversation about "convergence" at OJR (Online Journalism Review), starting with this article by Larry Pryor of the Annenberg School at USC.

I'm too busy to join that dialogue right now. I started to write something, but the school's cleaning crew and a noisy vacuum cleaner are converging on my office, so I'll have to wait and come back to it in a day or two.

For a start, however, I couldn't help noticing that if you plug the word "convergence" into Google tonight the top hit is a comic book and science fiction convention.

Maybe we need a term for the journalistic manifestation of "convergence" -- something to separate it from other cons and convergences... the industrial and technological discussions of voice-over-Internet-protocol, smart phones uploading to videoblogs and downloading MP3s, and who knows what next... not to mention the gobbling up of publishing, broadcasting and communication companies by bigger and bigger media leviathans... or the confusion of news and opinion, news and publicity, news and entertainment.

I've liked the words "online journalism" for years, but I'm noticing very little journalism is left "offline."

Calling it "Mixed-Up Media" is tempting. ("Pay attention to your MUM"?)

But tonight I like the phrase "digital journalism." Digital is the common denominator (1), and the two words describe what these fingers started doing on a keyboard when Nixon was president.

9:26:57 PM    

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