From Convergence to Connectivism: Teaching Journalism 2.0

Raoul Boers 1 *, Esra Ercan 2, Lars Rinsdorf 3, Robert W. Vaagan 4

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Media Convergence leads to fundamental changes in the journalistic field. This is a challenge not only for the news industry but also for teaching journalism at universities. Improved skills and competences are needed in multi-modal editorial planning and cross-channel development of news stories. This paper describes the main drivers of change in the news industry, discusses consequences for journalism and teaching, and offers an innovative didactical approach, which combines an interdisciplinary perspective with the concept of connectivism and cognitive apprenticeship. The consequences of convergence that affect journalism education are inspected under three sub-topics: the changes in the curricula, the changes in the courses syllabi, and the changes in the technological infrastructures of the academic institutions. It is pointed out, that recognizing connections and patterns to develop novel ideas and concepts is the core skill for individuals today. The paper shows, how that approach could be realized in an international 10-day-intensive program.


Media Convergence Journalism Crossmedia News Production Education Connectivism


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Article Type: Research Article

Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 2, Issue 4, October 2012, pp. 52-64

Published Online: 24 Oct 2012

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