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Convergence calls: multimedia storytelling at British news websites

Thurman, N. & Lupton, B. (2008). Convergence calls: multimedia storytelling at British news websites. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 14(4), pp. 439-455. doi: 10.1177/1354856508094662


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 Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: British news websites, convergence, multimedia, news video, online journalism, podcasting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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