Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies UNLV

 Beyond Convergence: Mobile, Social, and Virtual Media

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October 24-26, 2013
Greenspun Hall
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Co-sponsored by: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Contact: Augie Grant, Professor of Journalism

Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Contact: Julian Kilker, Associate Professor of Emerging Technologies



Technology continues to impact journalism and other media industries, as an influx of mobile computing technologies, social media, and virtual worlds has changed both their landscapes and daily practices. These changes are evident in consumer behavior, media organizational structure, and media routines. More than ever, scholars need to examine these changes and their impacts across the media landscape, addressing how they impact the training of journalists, the practice of journalism, theoretical conceptions of media, new organizational studies, and next-generation techniques for integrating these media in the newsroom.

Now in its twelfth year, this annual conference provides a scholarly forum for the presentation of theory, research, and practice related to media convergence. Projects addressing virtually any area of journalism, technology, and media convergence may be submitted, with special consideration offered for studies based in theory, social media, mobile technologies, and virtual media.

The conference Location is Greenspun Hall on UNLV campus. (Map location) We will provide a daily shuttle bus from the hotel to UNLV and back. Weather during the conference dates is typically mild, but see detailed current and forecast weather.

Conference Agenda

Conference hashtag is #unlvcc ... tweet away!

First event is our reception at Greenspun Hall. Conference attendees meet at Riviera rear bus loading area for transportation. Bus leaves at 6:45pm Thursday.

Keynote Speaker (Friday at noon)

Robert V. Bellamy (Ph.D., 1985, University of Iowa) is Professor in the Department of Journalism & Multimedia Arts at Duquesne University and presently a Visiting Professor in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. His research interests include television programming, the impact of technological change on media industries, and, more recently, institutional analyses of the relationships within and between media and sport. Rob is the author or co-author of three books including Television and the Remote Control Grazing on a Vast Wasteland and Center Field Shot: A History of Baseball on Television. His work has been published widely as journal articles or book chapters in publications ranging from the Journal of Communication and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media to Communication & Sport, The Handbook of Sports and Media, and The 21st Century Media Industry. He is also a founding and continuing member of the editorial boards of Communication & Sport and NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture. He is presently working on a book with the tentative title of MLB in the Digital Age, and beginning a project to better define and measure the impact of nostalgia on fan identification across traditional, emerging, and social media.


Registration and hotel

Conference Registration Form

Riviera Hotel booking for the conference

To register, please complete the form (link above), enclose a CHECK IN THE AMOUNT OF $125 (before Sept. 15) or $150 (after Sept. 15) made out to "Board of Regents, UNLV" to cover conference expenses, meals and transportation between the conference hotel (The Riveria) and site. Registration includes Thursday and Saturday evening receptions, and Friday and Saturday lunches. We have negotiated a special rate ($59 for Thursday; $79 Friday & Saturday, single or double occupancy) for conference participants at the Riviera Hotel. Make hotel reservations as soon as possible directly with the Riviera by calling 1-800-634-6753 in the Continental U.S. or direct 702-794-9412 . Please request the group rate for JOURNALISM PROFESSORS CONFERENCE or mention Group Code: JPC2013.