This afternoon I’m learning with educators participating in the week long “Oklahoma Multimedia Teachers” workshop on convergence journalism at OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism. This is the third year of the workshop here in Oklahoma, which is part of the High School Broadcast Journalism (HSBJ) Project. Earlier in the week, Mike Koehler shared a host of resources with workshop participants highlighting examples of convergence journalism which he’s helped create in his work for NewsOK (The Oklahoman) and independently for his company, Smirk New Media. Tammy Parks is making sure resources and links from the different sessions this week are archived on the HSBJ workshop forum for this week. As a Storychaser, I LOVE these examples of digital storytelling and convergence journalism / media.

I only have a few minutes before I present today, but I want to briefly share some of the fantastic resources which Mike discussed earlier this week. Tammy showed me these briefly today after I arrived.

NewsOK | nDepth – A great collection of stories about individuals sharing amazing life experiences

One Man, One Vote – Robert Jones’ Journey from Jim Crow to Barack Obama (an example from the nDepth website collection)

NewsOK’s May 3rd Tornado website – Be sure to check out the Google Map mashup with clickable media elements along the tornado’s path

Interactive Tornado Map - May 3, 1999 Oklahoma Tornado -

I love sites which use geo-apps like Google Maps in this way, to empower visitors to access photos, videos, text, and STORIES through geographic exploration.

Woo hoo for convergence journalism – and for creative, passionate storytelling geeks!

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One Response to Convergence Media Examples from Mike Koehler of Smirk New Media

  1. Melissa Schwartz says:

    I share your enthusiasm for “convergence media”. When normally disparate methods of media come together to engage people and illuminate their thinking, it opens new avenues of exploration and communication in amazing ways. It’s truly incredible how personal such a seemingly huge and impersonal thing as the internet can be.

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