Evolving Definitions of News

Bettag, Tom
December 2006
Nieman Reports;Winter2006, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p37
The author discusses the evolving definition of news following the widespread adoption of the Internet. The Internet turns out to be the disseminator of gossip, rumor, conspiracy theories and fascinating urban myths. He explains the definition of news as what journalists say it is, according to old school journalists. They spoke as members of the journalism profession as even discussed journalism as public service. By claiming news as what they say it is, they are putting their reputations on the line.


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