One example of media convergence would be the progression of news media from newspapers and broadcast to digital media and more specifically social media. Most news sources which started off as newspapers as far back as the invention of the printing press, such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Daily Telegraph, now have active social media. Many professional journalists now even have their own verified twitter accounts, where they are able through their contracts to tweet about events, sometimes linking back to their own articles, or even live tweet events as they happen. This transformation has resulted in people turning to the social media accounts of news sources on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to get their news, rather than turning directly to print newspapers or even in some cases source’s actual website, which in many cases can only be accessed by online subscription.
This is trend in news consumption is most prominent when people are looking to be updated on an ongoing event. For example, during the Paris Attacks, many people including myself heard about it initially from Twitter, and then remained updated on the situation by browsing the PrayForParis hashtag, where ordinary people and journalists currently in the city live tweeted events while they happened, posting photos and videos, as well as reassuring loved ones and followers of their safety.
This convergence in part may be due to the speed with which news can be delivered through social media, whereas with print media and even digital news media there tends to be some length of delay. Though news sources release news as fast as possible, normally with the goal of being the first to report, there are natural delays due to the amount of time needed to fact check and the amount of time needed for articles to be approved by multiple superiors before publishing. It’s no secret that people today want instant gratification, and through news sources and journalists adapting to social media as a platform for reporting, it has become possible for people to receive their news instantly.