Convergence can be described as melting together of information systems, telecommunication and media technologies.
The digitalisation of production in media has strongly influenced the organisation and practice of journalism. With the convergence of technology, media and organisation it is completely changed how news is delivered. Radio and television reporters who have been in separate worlds, nowadays work together, cooperating across media boundaries. The foundation of these developments is the digitalisation which enables content to travel across media borderlines. However, all those developments have led to a “slow death” of an industry that has been around us for decades: the print industry.
With our busy lives, on the go lifestyle and demand for easier access to content, the print industry has become slowly but surely dated. People are simply not interested in the classic news papers anymore. Instead of buying papers, nowadays everything is more or less available online. Furthermore, we do not have to wait for the evening issue or next day morning to read the news, we can simply update the app on our smartphone and read it in real-time.
While commuting on the train there are less and less faces hidden behind the news papers. Look around and you will definitely see at least one person on their smartphone checking news headlines on their smartphone.