News and the Net

News and the Net

News and the Net

News and the Net

Synopsis

News and the Net examines the growth of news provision on the Internet and its implications for news presentation, journalism practice, news consumers, and the business of running news organizations. Much of the focus is placed on the migration of newspapers onto the Internet, but references are also made to the establishment of news Web sites by other news organizations, including broadcasters and news agencies. The book examines the growth of online technology as a source of information and entertainment for media consumers. It considers how this development can be framed within models of communication and comments on the apparent shortage of new models to explain the use, role, effectiveness, and impact of online communications. In addition, this volume looks at the early history of electronic news delivery, involving technologies that predate the Internet.

Excerpt

This book examines the growth of news provision on the Internet and its implications for news presentation, journalism practice, news consumers and the business of running news organizations. Much of the focus is placed on the migration of newspapers onto the Internet, but references are made to the establishment of news Web sites by other news organizations, including broadcasters and news agencies.

The book begins examining the growth of online technology as a source of information and entertainment for media consumers. It considers how this development can be framed within models of communication, and comments on the apparent shortage of new models to explain the use, role, effectiveness, and impact of online communications. It then considers the early history of electronic news delivery, involving technologies that predate the Internet. These systems included online news provision in the form of news agency feeds designed specifically for professional news reporters, and then the emergence of corporate online information systems and news online for the general public in the form of text services provided via television broadcasting. With the establishment of Internet technology and, through this, the World Wide Web, a new channel opened up for the provision of online news that ordinary citizens could access via desk-top computers. Recognizing the future potential of the online market, newspapers began to publish electronic editions of their hard-copy publications.

In their rush to establish an online “presence, ” however, many newspapers gave little thought to the wider implications of electronic publishing. in a world in which the Internet rapidly achieved wide penetration, the corporate potential of this new medium was quickly recognized. Within a few years, thousands of companies launched business Web sites and consumers realized the potential to conduct financial, retail, and business transactions online. This technological . . .

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