Academic journal article Newspaper Research Journal

Editorial Comment

Academic journal article Newspaper Research Journal

Editorial Comment

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New technologies raise new questions for research, but some old questions remain. Both are evident in this issue.

Four studies deal with the progress newspapers are making with new technologies.

Sandra Utt of the University of Memphis and Steve Pasternak of New Mexico State University have updated their study of the use of infographics which appeared in our Summer 1993 issue. They found that use has actually declined, but that infographics are being edited more and more attention is being paid to content.

John Russial of the University of Oregon surveyed 225 photo editors about the effect of digital imaging on the work of photojournalists He found the view it in positive terms even though it increases their workload.

Scott Maier, a doctoral student at North Carolina at Chapel Hill, surveyed computer-assisted reporting trainers at 27 newspapers to find out how much this new technique was being used. He found that only half the reporters at the respondent newspapers use the Internet for research.

An Iowa State study documents the uneven pace of adoption and use of computer technologies by newspapers in Iowa. While most larger dailies use computers for entering news, ads and photos and for layout, only half use email. Smaller papers are making much less use of computer capabilities although they tend to have the hardware and software.

A fifth article deals with an emerging technology. Researchers at Kent State University studied one of the newest questions -- what do people prefer in the way of links to digital news stories? …

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