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A Multimedia Manifesto

A visit with Mike McKean, Chair, Convergence Journalism

By Sean Powers
Published: - Topics: convergence journalism journalism multimedia technology television

Backpack Journalist

Topics: convergence journalism

McKean explains the concept of the backpack journalist, an all-in-one journalist who can do anything without the help of others. “The backpack journalist idea is one notion of how convergence works;” however, he proclaims, “nobody can do everything equally well, and nobody can go out on any given story and do everything and come back with a really compelling story.” A major part of the convergence sequence is to prepare students to be able to work in many different mediums of storytelling, but also to understand the importance of teamwork.