The News Media's 30-Year Hibernation

Carlson, David
September 2005
Nieman Reports;Fall2005, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p68
This article discusses issues related to online newspapers. The problem with online newspapers is that they are not particularly interactive, they are barely customizable to individual preferences, they contain mostly outdated information and they are hardly relevant to most readers' daily lives. The great promise that online journalism brings is the potential to tell stories in ways they never have been told before. Using online technologies it is possible to capture the strengths of the existing news media, eliminate most of the weaknesses and roll them up into a new medium that can offer news and information in much more compelling ways. The promise of online journalism is the ability to encompass all these strengths and more. Online news has breadth and depth and can be unlimited in its coverage. INSET: Creating The Online Timeline.


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