Intersection of ideals : journalism, profits, technology and convergence

Quinn, Stephen 2004, Intersection of ideals : journalism, profits, technology and convergence, Convergence, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 109-120, doi: 10.1177/135485650401000409.

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Title Intersection of ideals : journalism, profits, technology and convergence
Author(s) Quinn, Stephen
Journal name Convergence
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 109
End page 120
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1354-8565
Summary Journalism needs advertising and advertising needs journalism: advertising pays for good reporting just as good reporting attracts customers for advertising. Problems arise when the equation becomes unbalanced, such as during the recessions in the early part of the twenty-first century. This paper asks the key question of whether editorial managers and journalists are embracing convergence at this time for business reasons or to do better journalism. It begins from the perspective that media organisations around the world are adopting various forms of convergence, and along the way embracing a range of business models. Several factors are influencing and driving the adoption of convergence - also known as multiple-platform publishing. Principal among them are the media's desire to reach as wide an audience as possible, consumers who want access to news in a variety of forms and times (news 24/7), and editorial managers' drive to cut costs. The availability of relatively cheap digital technology facilitates the convergence process. Many journalists believe that because that technology makes it relatively easy to convert and distribute any form of content into another, it is possible to produce new forms of storytelling and consequently do better journalism. This paper begins by defining convergence (as much as it is possible to do so) and describing the key competing models. It then considers the environments that lead to easy introduction of convergence, followed by the factors that hinder it. Examples of converged media around the world are provided, and suggestions offered on how to introduce convergence. The paper concludes that successful convergence satisfies the twin aims of good journalism and good business practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/135485650401000409
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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