Sunday, September 30, 2012

First Story

Home Away From Home

            Old men gather around a fold up table with a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other as they start their daily game of dominos.  They meet up everyday around 6 a.m. as they tell stories of what it was like back at home and what it’s like in America. 

            This home away from home, the Artesia D.E.S. Portuguese Hall, gives these men and other Portuguese citizens in Artesia, California a space to remember a foreign culture in an American city. Founded in 1927, the community grew in the early 1970s due to a large wave of immigrants from the Azores Islands and Portugal.  With a total population of 16,522; 10 percent of the population was born in Portugal, according to the 2010 U.S. Census They migrated into the city creating its own soccer team and philharmonic band. The hall was created to host traditional festivals, ceremonies and dinners to celebrate the Portuguese culture.

Artesia D.E.S. Portuguese Hall lit up during late-night festivities.
     “What we have here is essentially a replication of what we have in the Azores Islands,” said Artesia D.E.S president Jimmy Enes.  “At the time it was an impoverished place.  Every one came to get away from that and established this, but at the same time keeping in mind the same tradition and the same ideals as before, where everybody gets together to help.”

            The celebrations include ways of life, the Catholic religion and the traditional past-time sport of soccer.  Three times out of the year the Portuguese community, near and far, celebrate as one at the Portuguese hall to honor and celebrate the following Catholic figures: St. Anthony, the Holy Spirit and the coming of the Virgin Mary to the city of Fatima, Portugal. At the beginning of the year a queen and two aides are chosen and fill out a court.  This matriarchal system is a tradition dating back 150 years to the city of Fatima; where it is believed that the queen is a vessel for the Holy Spirit to represent Queen St. Isabel who iniated the traditional festival, and the following queen is chosen by the Holy Spirit.  “It’s a way of handing down the traditions from generation to generation so it isn’t lost,” said Susie Gomes, a member of the Portuguese hall committee.  There is a struggle within the committee in whether to change and become more modern or to continue with the more traditional meanings of the celebration.

            It’s a struggle that the committee has been dealing with for a few years and can’t seem to find a balance between staying with the older more traditional ways or converting to a more modern way to try and attract the younger crowd to the hall, said Gomes.  That might be a direct result of the committee consisting of older and younger people. “We come here to remember what it was like at home (in Portugal) because we are getting older and our grandchildren are brought up in an American way, and the traditions of our culture are being lost here,” said Jose Fernandes, a hall-goer for over 40 years.  This creates a clash of conflicting ideas at a time where, economically, it’s hard to make money with the old ways of doing things.  “To me it’s more about the sentimental meaning behind celebrating the saints and sticking to the original meaning of what the festivals stand for,” said Sofia Borges, a former committee member, who quit because she couldn’t stand for the new direction the hall was going.  Justin Sousa, 21, said that he goes to the hall to hang out, party and just have a good time with his friends and the meaning behind the festival is completely different from what his parents think it is.  There isn’t just an internal struggle that surrounds the Artesia D.E.S. Portuguese Hall; there is a struggle with the cultural practices and the way American society views them.

            Every festival concludes with a bloodless bullfight held on its property.  In 2009, at the conclusion of the Festa da Bola (Soccer Festival) a member of the Animal Cruelty Investigations (ACI) shutdown the bullfight mid-way through for violating animal rights.  The officer discovered 30 sticks with nails at the ends that were used to stab the bull in the shoulder area.  The investigation is still ongoing but this isolated incident shows the struggle the Portuguese community faces with the American community.  The cultural clash that the Portuguese community faces is just a microcosm for what is going on in the world.  Cultural differences causing tension when one culture finds the other culture wrong and will try anything to fix it 




Turnbull canyon continues to be a danger zone for Whittier residents

Photo By: Ashley Maui Lopez

As temperatures continue to soar at the end of September, homeowners in the hills are concerned about possible fire threats from dry vegetation across the canyon.

In 1989, residents in the Turnbull canyon area suffered the worst damage from a fire that spread rapidly in the brush, resulting in 13 homes burnt to the ground. Twenty-three years later, the canyon remains surrounded by sagebrush and several eucalyptus trees that residents fear could ignite another wildfire.

“All it takes is one spark and the hills could be up in flames within minutes, especially since Mondays temperature is said to be 99 degrees,” said homeowner Fern Esperan. “I try to do my part by keeping my yard watered everyday, but with this heat who wants to be out in the sun?” she said.  

Majority of the homeowners in the hills are elderly couples with health issues that have been living in the area for years and they find it difficult to maintain their yard on a daily basis. Several homeowners are also afraid because their homes are deteriorating such as old roofing and if a fire would occur their roofs would definitely catch like a row of firecrackers. Since many are retired they find it extremely difficult to make repairs with their fixed income and with the cost of living rising they find themselves even more in a crisis.

“Unfortunately that’s the price we pay for living up in the hills because we live with an everyday fear of a fire erupting in our backyard and the possibility of losing our homes,” said homeowner Jason Matthews.

They may get a beautiful view of the city but are reminded of possible fire starters just by looking at the dry brush that resides along the canyon. Many of the acres have been restored but due to budget cuts the remaining areas will unfortunately just have to wait until the county can afford the expenses. Turnbull canyon is approximately 4,000 acres of twisted roads and strenuous trails that is open to the public for hiking and bicycling throughout the year.

“Every Sunday morning my husband and I take it upon ourselves to clean up the canyon while on weekend hikes by bringing a large trash bag,” said resident Cindy Martinez. “It looks like people have a picnic here on Saturday with all the trash we find,” she said.

Residents are concerned the trash left behind from hikers and visitors such as empty food containers found in the bushes from local food places such as McDonalds and Starbucks may cause a rapid fire. Many of them have been taking it upon themselves to clean up the mess to avoid an overload of trash and have shockingly found cigarette buds along the trails. Immediate safety measures must be taken in order to avoid another massive fire especially with temperatures rising as we enter the fall season.  

The fire threat in the canyon is currently moderate to high during this heat wave but by being aware and taking action if an emergency would occur can put the canyon and homes at a less risk of being destroyed.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department, specifically station 17 advises the community to think ahead and always be prepared incase of a fire or any other emergency.

“Have an initial meeting place for your family if a fire erupts, the simplest thing you can do is if you smell smoke get out of there as quick as possible,” said Fire Captain Rick Dominguez. “Our duty is to save property and the environment but our first priority is to save lives,” he said.

“Always have a plan for whatever emergency may happen,” said Fire Specialist Bill Lenzen. “You have to get out and have an idea of what you might need such as medication and most importantly know where your kids are and transition quickly for whatever emergency,” he said.

“Use common sense during a fire and maintain your living space,” said Firefighter Mike Ertel.

The importance of residents to be informed is crucial because the chance of a fire occurring is there and everyone needs a reminder of what actions to take during an emergency situation.

The fate of Turnbull canyon and homeowner issues regarding the dry brush remains unknown for now but the residents that are taking action to help maintain the environment are making a huge impact in the community. Perhaps in the future more county officials will step up to the plate and get involved with cleaning up any potential hot spots.

The brave men of Station 17 that keep our community safe, (from left to right) Fire Specialist Bill Lenzen, Fire Captain Rick Dominguez, and Firefighter Mike Ertel. 
Photo By: Ashley Maui Lopez 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ongoing construction project continues to delay traffic in Long Beach

Photo Credit: Shima Razipour
Local businesses have been greatly disturbed by the construction located outside their parking lots.

For over a year, Long Beach residents have noticed a group of men working on the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 2nd
Street. The plan was created by the Public Works project hoping to expand the highway and increase traffic flow.
While local residents are forced to use Pacific Coast Highway to reach designated places, many have avoided shopping in the plaza all together, leaving business owners frustrated.

The construction site which is located directly in front of one of the main entrances, has caused many setbacks for businesses located inside the shopping center. "Many residents assume the entire shopping center is closed. They think something is going on. Something with the restaurant, so they just don’t come anymore,” Hof’s Hut manager Carlos Torress said. “
Traffic has been really impacted. Luckily, there is still a back opening to the lot. Otherwise, no one would be able to come in. Traffic is really bad these days and less people want to drive down PCH just to have some lunch or go shopping.”

One of Long Beaches inspectors, Homer Flewellen, has worked alongside other inspectors to guide a number of construction workers from Sully Miller company daily to complete the task. Flewellen said that the men were placing nearly 30 storm drain pipes to reduce future flooding in the area.

The initial goal was to create an extended intersection; however complications have delayed the project further than anticipated. “The project has been on and off for a year now, because Edison had to shut down the power,” Flewellen said. According to the City of Long Beach’s website, Edison shut down the entire Marina Pacifica Mall for 12 hours on September 11 and ended the power switch-over on September 12.

The complications of the project included the power switch-over and the unexpected underground work. Construction workers have spent several months digging through the pavement to create space to place the large pipes. One by one they’ve been placed behind one another to create a tunnel that allows excess water that has collected to be distributed into the ocean.

Due to the complications, only minimal work was allowed leaving many residents upset that the project was taking so long. Flewellen said, “Drivers are upset, because it has taken so long. But, they don’t understand that we had a lot of problems and had to wait for utilities from Edison.”

In addition to business owners, local residents have greatly felt impacted by the construction. Chuck Bragdan of Long Beach, explains that he lives very close to the construction site and it has disturbed his route. After leaving Albertson’s, he explained that “Traffic has been really impacted. Luckily, there is still a back opening to the lot. Otherwise, no one would be able to come in. Traffic is really bad these days.”

Students who attend Long Beach city College and Cal State Long Beach have also found the construction site to be a disturbance. "Students that are on the go commuting to CSULB and to work or wherever else are affected,” CSULB student Jessica Mendoza said. “It is frustrating to sit in traffic. I'm thankful that they are redoing our roads, but they need to make sure to stay on schedule in a busy city such as LB.”

CSULB student Ashley Lopez said, “I never personally use PCH, but I’m sure it is making a lot of students late to class. It is hard to find a new route to take and can be an inconvenience.”

Despite being the only traffic complications, Flewellen said, "The final project will benefit residents of Long beach. Although it has taken a very long time, it going to help people in the end. Now drivers turning right will have their own lane and during the rainy season, there will be no flooding."

The plan to add a new drain system was added after workers found that the previous storm drains were clogged with trash and debris. Flewellen said, “The new drain system will work great, if residents do not continue to dump their trash in it. The drain system will include a moving slide door in front that will work to reduce trash from coming in.“

Flewellen said, "I believe there is only four months left to this project, if all works in our favor. But I know businesses want us out of here sooner." The city of Long Beach has stated on their website that there is no estimated time frame for the competition.



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Media Convergence vs. Multimedia Journalism

The line between media convergence and multimedia journalism isn't nearly as thin as it would seem. Convergence refers to the more "macro" end of journalism, as in a single company owning any combination of media outputs. This would include something like one publisher owning a TV station and newspaper functioning in the same general area. This would allow for one journalistic view or motive to take over multiple outlets and reach (conceptually) many more people than it usually would.

While obvious, an example of this would be multimedia news corporations such as NBC News. Though not aimed at any particular area of the country or world, they have taken not only to television, but also have garnered a heavy internet presence. This breaks down into ownership of several smaller outlets as well, and the massively popular MSNBC channel and site. Considering their owner, Comcast, that reach is far and varied. Multiple elements of journalism are all manipulated and held by one company.

Multimedia journalism, while related, is more along the lines of converging technologies for any one outlet. An example would be The New York Times website and blog. While there is of course the daily paper, the website works with it to keep updated on stories that may have been included in the paper. The blog does likewise, allowing for up to date, more personalized articles on a given subject. This allows for performance across multiple platforms, from print to personal computers and mobile devices.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Media Convergence vs Multimedia journalism


 As explained in Convergent Journalism by Stephen Quinn and Vincent Filak, it is difficult to give one entirely precise definition of convergent journalism. I think Henry Jenkins in Convergence Culture explains it well as: "every important story gets told, every brand gets sold, and every consumer gets courted across multiple media platforms". Convergent media allows a fast circulation of media content across systems and competing industries. It is representative of a cultural shift in the media world, as it not only allows, but also encourages the consumer to search for new information and make connections throughout various media companies.

            The Courier Mail is an Australian-based newspaper, which now has an online website. It highlights stories on topics that the desired consumers are interested in, with links to various news institutions. For example the story of the death of a well-known AFL (Australian football league) player was the headline story on the 10th September. Clicking on the story links you to the story covered by a competing Australian newspaper - Herald Sun. A link beside the story says 'Related coverage. AFL Player in Las Vegas Tragedy', and takes you to a video on the story from There is a search bar that also allows consumers to scan the website to find stories on one topic from various news institutions.

            The Courier Mail merges with other competing institutions to incorporate a range of media, from print to broadcast. Convergent Journalism is especially practical for breaking news stories such as this AFL story. This website can provide the public with the very earliest of information, as it has multiple media companies to gain the story first from, if the Courier Mail themselves were not first in covering it. News institutions converging allows cost reduction and audience expansion, and of course, revenue making. It is not only beneficial for the companies. Thanks to the revolutionary Internet, Convergent journalism allows consumers to access mass amounts of information like never before: quicker, more easily and more of it. For today's journalists, it's like having a shared assignment desk.


            Story on death of AFL player


Jenkins, H. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Accessed via:



Multimedia Journalism seems to be the way of the future for the media world, as news is now a 24 - 7 medium. With continual advances in technology, there are constant cultural shifts in the way the public consumes news. In order to survive in today's growing world of free and accessible information, news institutions have adapted to incorporate various multimedia platforms for storytelling.  Quinn explains in Convergent Journalism, that journalists now have to produce multiple products for multiple platforms to reach the mass audience with interactive content on a 24-7 basis. ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) news was traditionally an AM radio station beginning in the 1920's in Australia. Now, the ABC operates over 50 local radio stations and multiple television stations, namely ABC1, its original television service. The ABC is reflective of a successful institution that has continually expanded due to its adaption to changes in technology, and providing multimedia news. ABC news online has provided an easy to use interface where the consumer can select text or 'video, audio, photos' to access news.  A recent story about Anglican priests being defrocked over abuse claims is one example that has been made into a multimedia story. On the ABC website, there is a text article on the story, as well as a video including an interview with the priest. ABC also implements social media as a tool to reach more consumers, posting on their FaceBook and tweeting, with the link to the abusive priest story. Multimedia story-telling allows news institutions to access a wider audience, find niche markets and therefore create more revenue.

Priest Defrocking story

Media Convergence & Multimedia Journalism

Media convergence

It’s hard to specify exactly what media convergence is, since it is a constant process in this technological age. Simplified it could be described as how media producers, and sometimes consumers, uses different media platforms to create new ways to experience media. According to Quinn and Filak there are many different types of media convergence, such as ownership, tactical, structural and information-gathering, to mention a few. An example of tactical convergence is CNN Money, a website collaboration between CNN, Fortune Magazine and Money Magazine:

The site offers economic news as well as financial advice. By creating the site together they are combining both their knowledge and their reach: CNN probably uses it to get new content from the magazines, while the main purpose for the magazines most likely is to expand their audience.

Multimedia journalism

Multimedia journalism is one dimension of media convergence. Simply put it’s reporting news across multiple platforms. The technological development the last two decades has changed our view of traditional media and today the audience expect more, regardless of media type. The first step is usually to make the content available online, besides printing it, airing it or broadcast it, but it doesn’t stop there. As a journalist today you’re expected to be able to do everything within media: write, take photos, shoot video, create audio and so on.

An example of this is The New York Times. As almost every newspaper and magazine, The New York Times is not only a print media in traditional terms. They have their own website, which is constantly being updated, where they also have videos, slideshows and several ways to interact. In mid-August they reported about Pussy Riot, the Russian punk band who protested Putin and were sentenced to jail. This article isn’t just a story in writing, there’s also a slideshow from the trial, a video of the performance for which they were sentenced and many ways to leave comments or share the story through social media platforms:

Media Convergence vs. Multimedia Journalism

Media Convergence

Media convergence is the where several media outlets come together and operate together.  An example of this would be the Washington Post.  The Washington Post is partners with other media like Capital Business and Parade magazine.  By working with their partners, stories can be shared from different websites that have a specialization.  For example: the Washington Post works with El Tiempo Latino which brings news to the Hispanic citizens.  They can focus on news that impact the Hispanic citizens in America and share that news on the Washington Post's website.  This helps both organizations because by sharing stories from different sites, traffic can be shared between the two organizations.

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia journalism is when a single outlet utilizes different styles to tell a story: print, video, and photos.  An example of this would be The Marlboro Marine by the L.A. Times.  This story utilizes audio and photos to tell the story of James Blake Miller.  This better helps tell the story rather than using traditional print.  By using multimedia journalism, readers can visualize what the story is talking about rather than depending on their imagination to picture what is going on.   

Media Convergence:
NBC news which was originally broadcast alone is also a part of MSN web, through this partnership NBC is participating in media convergence.  In this manner NBC is able to connect with a wider audience and better compete with other news organizations.  This gives them greater visibility.  As shown in the following article AP was a contributor to the story which may be more appealing to some audiences that typically wouldn’t turn to NBC for news.  This serves the purpose of media convergence to reach a larger audience and cover areas that may have been previously lacking in either content or viewership.  Through media convergence there is also greater coverage of areas in which news may occur that may have been missed were it not for the convergence of two news media.

Multimedia Journalism:
Multimedia journalism is used in the link provided below.  Taking advantage of having a website the LA Times is able to provide viewers with a slideshow of photographs and captions to tell news stories in a different way.  Besides just the slideshow the LA Times also has a full story on one of the photographs in order to give readers a more in depth view of the current events. Included in the full story is also a short video clip contributed by AP. This type of interactivity will attract some viewers that typically wouldn’t be interested in the story if it were just in print.  The Times produces and reports news across several different formats to better serve the readers and be well represented among its competitors as well.  Having links to social websites also extends the Times’ viewership beyond the average reader.

Media Convergence and Multimedia Journalism: Matthew Sousa

Media Convergence:
Some people like to define media convergence simply by stating it to be a merger of mass media and communication outlets. In some cases multi-utility of the same gadget or different media was also attributed to be a convergence. There are countless examples that can be found and with the advancement of technology , manufacturers and companies must learn to keep up.
One example of media convergence would be the Gazette Video channel found on the Montreal Gazette website. The Gazette’s website streams numerous videos from all types of Categories from news to sports. One of the videos posted was a “High water rescue in Arizona” which was originally posted in’s website. In the video you can see an electric worker stranded in his truck in the middle of a flooded street when a rescue team make their way over to save him. By sharing these videos, other news outlets can post them giving more people faster and easier access to news happening all across the globe. That’s the beauty of media convergence!
Multimedia Journalism:
Multimedia journalism can be found more and more all around us. Newspaper companies all over are trying to embrace the new phenomenon of multimedia journalism by implementing its practices in their work. One major newspaper that sets the precedent of multimedia for the positioning of the newspaper industry is The New York Times.
You can find just about any type of multimedia and interactive features including audio slide shows, photos, special reports and video on travel, politics, autos, movies, fashion, and science on the NY Times website.
One example of multimedia journalism that caught my attention was a slideshow of the tornado that struck New York City on Saturday. The tornado flooded roads, felled power lines and forced the delay of the United States Open. Readers from the NY area sent in pictures to the New York Times and selected photos were posted on the newspapers website. This photo as photographed by a reader on Staten Island demonstrates the impact this tornado had on New York City. You can see the storm clouds move over Manhattan, leaving the city in darkness. It helps the readers understand what the tornado was like. Even reporting is not limited to traditional media outlets anymore. Freelance journalists can make use of different new media to produce multimedia pieces for their news stories. It engages global audiences and tells stories with technology, which develops new communication techniques for both media producers and consumers.


The Los Angeles Times is using media convergence via its website While it continues to publish its print newspaper, the website is now an increasingly important aspect of its media delivery. This is a form of structural convergence. The Los Angeles Times is distributing news in a different format than the traditional print newspaper. In addition to the same articles that are in the print edition of the paper, the website includes updates on the stories, breaking news, and expanded photo galleries.
Another way the Los Angeles Times is converging is by using social media. The paper now has a facebook pages!/latimes and!/latimescitybeat. Links to articles are posted to their wall. Readers of the newspaper can now read the articles and comment right on to the papers facebook page.
Both the Website and the facebook page are examples of a new form of distributing news. Readers no longer need to buy a traditional print copy of the Los Angeles Times.
The Los Angeles Times is also practicing tactical convergence by sharing video footage from television stations. By partnering with TV stations they are able to post videos to their website, such as

The photojournalist Enrico Martino uses multimedia journalism in his video .
 The short video is made up photos, sound, and text. It documents the Day of the Dead celebration in Oaxaca, Mexico. Martino also has a photo essay on the same subject found at
This is an example of presentation convergence. Martino can appear in a print newspaper to accompany a story. However the photo essay and video are stand-alone pieces that can be shared in many ways, such as the photographer’s website or through social media.
Information-gathering convergence is also demonstrated here. The journalist is acting both as photographer and storyteller. He is now required to be well versed in photography, writing, and videos technology to create compelling multimedia journalism pieces.

Sandy Brambila

Convergence V. Multimedia


In terms of using more than one type of media platform there are many sites out there that utilize media convergence. One of the most popular ones that I've encountered is TMZ. TMZ utilizes blogging, television, radio, and mobile phone apps to get their information to their specified audience. We will never get tired of hearing breaking news about celebrities no matter how much we try to avoid it and TMZ takes this to a completely new level. They have a television show that runs more than twice a day on Fox, a mobile phone app that keeps you up to date with all the happenings in the celebrity world, a web site that showcases some of the stories they didn't show on television, and the creator of TMZ, Harvey Levin occasionally shows up on KROQ's morning show to talk about the latest juicy news regarding celebrities. Recently TMZ has taken one of the aspects of their web site 'TMZ live' and has produced it to a full fledged show that is going to run at 4pm on weekdays starting September 10.


A web site that demonstrated the use of several different types of media all on the same page is one of my favorite web sites to visit, This web site provides up to date information on all the latest news that has to do with film and television. I am a huge movie buff so I frequent this web site to hear about all of the latest casting rumors, as well as new movies that no one has heard about yet. Along with an eye catching front page loaded with videos on the right and banners and pictures on the left, they have a headlines section that is updated almost every hour with new headlines regarding new films. In the middle section of the site they have the top previews section, that when clicked, leads you to the web site of that particular movie so that you can watch the preview for it. They also conduct weekly polls based on different topics. This week's poll is: 'Which wide release in September are you looking forward to the most?' Aside from all that, they have comment boxes on everything they post, so that the audience can post their opinion. They also have a forum where you can sign up with a username to discuss all of the upcoming films and whether or not you hate them or love them. This allows readers to not only see the point of view of the authors of the page, but also regular people just like them. 

Angelica Coronado

Media Convergence vs. Multimedia Journalism

Media Convergence

Media convergence is defined as the production and reporting of news across two or more different types of media simultaneously. One news station that is an example of this is E! Entertainment. As a fashion student, I am very interested in the fashion and celebrity world and therefore like to stay informed with what is going on within these industries.  E! Entertainment is a station that allows me to stay up-to-date not only through their daily television show, E! News, but also through their online website, mobile apps and social media including Facebook and Twitter. E! Online features print stories about topics they discuss on their daily show. The website also links to their social media outlets, Facebook and Twitter. Facebook and Twitter allow followers to get instant news updates through their mobile devices and computers.  Their website, Twitter and Facebook also allow for feedback and interaction with the viewers.

Currently on E! they are following New York’s Fashion Week. Not only are they reporting about it on their daily show, they are also posting similar videos and articles on E! Online, along with Fashion Week photos and short updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Overall, followers of E! are able to consume the same news via television, website and social media. With the junction of all of these forms of technology and tools to distribute the news, people are able to consume media just about anywhere at anytime.

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia journalism utilizes all types of media to tell a story. One great example of this is Tonight, one of their headlining stories is about NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning. The article is titled “Peyton Manning throws 400th career TD, wins in Broncos debut,” and talks about Manning’s performance in today’s game. The story not only features a print article, but also a video, photos and a comment box for readers to comment on the story. Because it is NFL season, this story was considered a major headline and therefore using print along with multiple mediums was appropriate. The article was used to tell the main facts of the story, along with show stats of the player. The photos were used to illustrate the story and put a face to the people being written about. The video allowed viewers to visually see parts of the game, along with view interviews of the players. Using these multiple mediums to tell a single story not only adds to the overall story, but also allows readers to see a story from different angles.

 Danielle Janowicz

Media Convergence v. Multimedia Jurnalism

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Media Convergence

According to Quinn and Filak, convergence is about doing journalism and telling stories using appropriate media. Convergence increases an organization’s chance of reaching the largest number of eyeball. Since convergence has one or more media sources, it allows reporters to expand the way they tell stories, and they can get more information to more people. There are some kinds of convergence which is convergence of technology, convergence of industry and convergence of news content. An example of “convergence of technology” is the cell phone. Cell phone used to just make and receive calls, but after convergence, it can be used as a music player, game player, TV, digital camera, and internet applications. The cell phone has become an all in one entertainment and media device. I use I phone and I feel it is more useful than my pc or other devices.  

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia journalism is just one dimension of convergence. While convergence has some dimensions, multimedia journalism is the practice of gathering news and reporting it across multiple platforms.
This is a great example of multimedia journalism from LA Times.,0,3436771.htmlstory
The audio slideshow by Liz O. Baylen allows her to tell a story using multiple mediums in order to impact the readers and allow them to see a story from different angles. There is also a link that goes to a long print article of the story which is for readers who want to read a more detailed story. Print is a useful tactic for telling a story, but this slideshows can show emotions which attract the readers. Also, there are her email address and a section where readers can comment on the story and interact with her.  

Convergence VS Multimedia

Media Convergence  
   An example of media convergence can be demonstrated with the online magazine, Vice. If you visit the home page of the magazine, the top left hand corner of the site features three links to Noisey, The Creators Project and The Mother Board. While Vice covers a broad range of topics the three links listed on their site guides audience’s to niche websites, which cover music, art and a video channel. By using this form of convergence it allows Vice to distribute news on different platforms to their audiences. 

     An example of multimedia journalism can be seen inThe Los Angeles Times story, “Two lives Blurred Together By A Photo.” The story includes a two-part print feature covering the life of James Blake Miller a marine who is best known for his “Marlboro Marine” photograph. The Los Angeles times published a traditional piece along with a 16-minute video covering the same story. The video utilized different forms of multimedia including first hand photographs, personal interviews and video.  By using various forms of multimedia The Los Angeles Times is able to grasp a certain depth to the story that the regular print did not hold.