Part I
Altering News Content

The first part of this book examines the impact of new media on news content. I propose that developments in new media are leading to the development of new storytelling techniques that engage the audience in more contextualized and navigable news reporting. This interactive storytelling embraces a wide range of communication modalities (e.g., text, images, video, graphics), including nonlinear writing—or hypermedia (i.e., links)—and offers possibilities for extraordinary customization and heightened audience involvement. Moreover, news is becoming much more fluid than in the past. In the old world of analog media, a story was typically published by a newspaper or on the evening television news and then perhaps updated the next day. In 2000, news is in constant flux. Updates are continuous. When visiting a Web site, a viewer often first checks when a site was last updated and, if this hasn't occurred recently, moves on to another site. Software robots even automatically alert “netizens” (citizens of the Internet) when a favorite news site or story has been modified. Chapter 1 examines the changes occurring in storytelling in journalism, and chapter 2 offers an assessment of the state of online journalism in the United States and around the world.

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