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Convergence Calls: Multimedia Storytelling At British News Websites
Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (2008)
  • Neil J Thurman, City University London
  • Ben Lupton
Abstract
This article uses qualitative interviews with senior editors and managers from a selection of the UK's national online news providers to describe and analyse their current experimentation with multimedia and video storytelling. The results show that, in a period of declining newspaper readership and TV news viewing, editors are keen to embrace new technologies, which are seen as being part of the future of news. At the same time, text is still reported to be the cornerstone for news websites, leading to changes in the grammar and function of news video when used online. The economic rationale for convergence is examined and the article investigates the partnerships sites have entered into in order to be able to serve their audience with video content. In-house video is complementing syndicated content, and the authors examine the resulting developments in newsroom training and recruitment practices. The article provides journalism and interactive media scholars with case studies on the changes taking place in newsrooms as a result of the shift towards multimedia, multiplatform news consumption.
Publication Date
November, 2008
Publisher Statement
The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media, 14(4), November 2008 by SAGE Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. ©
Citation Information
Neil J Thurman and Ben Lupton. "Convergence Calls: Multimedia Storytelling At British News Websites" Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies Vol. 14 Iss. 4 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/neil_thurman/5/