Online Journalism

Online Journalism : A Critical Primer

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Online journalism is revolutionising the way news is reported and read. The rise of the internet has forever changed the way audiences interact with the news - stories are posted the moment they break and readers routinely expect to be able to access both the news sources and local perspectives. Online news and the pattern of media ownership raise a number of urgent questions about accuracy, press autonomy, freedom of speech and economic exclusion. Jim Hall provides a comprehensive guide to the emerging field of cyberjournalism and examines the issues it raises. Looking at how interactive texts are both written and read, the book surveys the new technologies and conventions that online journalism has ushered in. The author uses case studies such as Monicagate and the war in Kosovo to illustrate both the opportunities and the limitations of cyberjournalism.It is designed as a text to introduce how cyberjournalism works and how it can be used in innovative ways.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 135.4 x 215.4 x 18.8mm | 400.03g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074531192X
  • 9780745311920
  • 2,171,378

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"The Internet has already had a dramatic effect on new-gathering around the world, and the changes wrought by the new media are only beginning.... established news media organizations have been unsure how to present themselves in cyberspace; new web-based media organization have come and gone with astonishing speed; and web media consumers have to deal with renewed questions of credibility regarding media content.Responsible reporters and readers need to recognize that the potential for biased information increases in cyberspace where people do not have to provide their real identity or motivation.Hall's book focuses his critical look at online journalism in the U.S. and Britain, two nations where the new technologies advanced particularly rapidly. One effective chapter in the book is devoted to what appears to be futile efforts to hold back the Internet tide in totalitarian societies such as Slovodan Milosevic's Serbia and Communist China. Hall describes the government's effective efforts to block online journalism, and the far more inventive efforts of reporters to use international media web pages to bypass their own country's limited screening mechanisms." -- Richmond Times-Dispatchshow more

About Jim Hall

Jim Hall is the programme leader of Journalism Studies at Falmouth College. A former professional copywriter and journalist, he now divides his time between teaching and writing on media and literary studies.show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. The Information Society 2. The Nature Of News 3. From Phototypesetting To Xml 4. Armageddon.Com: Homepages And Refugees 5. `Too Fresh To Be True': Acceleration, Ethics And The Spectacle 6. `That Balance' And The New World Information Order 7. `Undertakings Of Great Advantage' 8. The (Re)Construction Of Reality: Local And Global Journalisms Notes Bibliographyshow more

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