The Jigs and Jags of Digital Political Coverage

A. M.
June 2008
Nieman Reports;Summer2008, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p26
The article examines the history of online journalism in U.S. political news coverage. Internet coverage of political news began In 1987 when the electronic newsletter "The Hotline" was first published on a CompuServe electronic bulletin board. In each presidential election cycle, the role of the Internet and World Wide Web-based journalism has both altered and expanded. A survey of Internet political journalism conducted in 2000 is examined. It is noted that while some of its forecasts, namely the expansion of online journalism by traditional mass media, proved accurate, the survey failed to foresee the importance of the video-sharing Web site YouTube. The transition of commentator Ann Marie Cox from a blogger to a reporter at "Time" magazine is presented as an example of how online journalism has entered the mainstream of mass media.


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