Cooperation, Collisions, and Change"

Co-sponsored by: Brigham Young University • University of South Carolina
October 13-15, 2005 • Provo, Utah, USA

The Media Convergence trend has impacted virtually all areas of media, from ownership and regulation to the practice of journalism and the training of communication professionals. As this trend spreads, there is an increasing need to explore the next generation of convergence, including theoretical conceptions of convergence, next-generation convergent media practices, and cutting-edge techniques for convergent media.

Now in its fourth year, the purpose of this annual conference is to provide a scholarly forum for the presentation of theory, research, and practice related to media convergence. Projects addressing virtually any area of media convergence may be submitted, with special consideration offered for theoretically-based submissions and case studies of organizational issues related to media convergence. A showcase of convergent media practices will run concurrent with the academic conference. With author approval, selected submissions will be considered for publication in a future book to be edited by the conference co-chairs.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit in one or more of three categories:
  1. Completed papers
2. Proposals or abstracts of papers in progress
3. Proposals for panels

The top three graduate student completed papers will be recognized with cash awards of $300, $200, and $100.
Submissions may address practical, theoretical, phenomenological, critical and/or empirical approaches to digital media and information technologies. All submissions will be reviewed by a jury that will consider: 1) relevance to the conference theme, 2) the quality of the contribution, and 3) overall contribution to the field.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Communications at Brigham Young University, the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina, and Newsplex, an advanced micro-newsroom training and research facility dedicated to news presentation techniques emerging from the convergence of print, broadcast and online media. Newsplex is a joint project of the USC and Ifra. The conference will take place in Provo, Utah , nestled at the base of the scenic Rocky Mountains, 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Papers, proposals, abstracts, and panel proposals should be addressed to:
Augie Grant, Conference Co-Chair
Media Convergence Conference
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Carolina Coliseum
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Submission deadline (postmark) is
June 15, 2005.
All submissions will be jury-reviewed on or before July 31, 2005.

Submission guidelines:
  • Electronic submissions (Word or RTF attachments) are encouraged (send to
• Paper copies may be submitted: three paper copies of the submission should be mailed.
• A detachable cover page should be included with the title of the paper or panel and authors’ names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
• Submission deadline (postmark) is June 15, 2005. All submissions will be jury-reviewed with notification to authors and panel organizers on or before July 31, 2005.