Thurman, Neil J and Lupton, Ben (2008) Convergence Calls: Multimedia Storytelling At British News Websites. In: International Symposium on Online Journalism, 4-5 April 2008, Austin, Texas, USA.
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This paper uses qualitative interviews with senior editors and managers from a selection of the UKâ��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 paper investigates the partnerships sites have entered into in order to be able to serve their audience with video content. In-house video is complimenting syndicated content, and the authors examine the resulting developments in newsroom training and recruitment practices. The paper 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.
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