“ A Showcase of Convergent Media Projects and Practices”

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. The purpose of this showcase of convergent media projects and practices is to provide a venue for scholars and professionals experimenting with convergent media technologies to demonstrate their systems, processes, experiments, and innovations.

This showcase is the demonstration component of "Media Convergence: Cooperation, Collisions, and Change," an academic conference exploring practical, theoretical, phenomenological, critical and/or empirical approaches to convergent media technologies

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit in one or more of four categories:
  1. Hands-on demonstrations of digital media and information projects or practices
2. PowerPoint, video, or other multimedia presentations of digital media projects or practices
3. Software demonstrations
4. Case studies (poster format with demonstration)

(Note: If you wish to submit a paper or abstract, you are encouraged to respond to the Call for Papers for the academic conference.)

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury that will consider: 1) relevance to the conference theme, 2) the degree of innovation, and 3) the overall contribution to the field.

The conference is 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 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.

Proposals and questions about the showcase should be submitted electronically to or mailed to:
Augie Grant, Conference Chair
Media Convergence Conference
College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
Carolina Coliseum
Columbia, SC 29208

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

Proposals must include:
  • a brief description of the project or demonstration
• a list of equipment needed to conduct the demonstration
• names of the presenter(s)
• contact information (email, telephone number, and address).