Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Title

Online news media in the Web 2.0 era: from boundary dissolution to journalistic transformation

Language

English

Abstract

© 2012 The Communication Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. This paper examines how online news media have changed as the Internet has moved from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. Based on medium theory and boundary theory, online news media are conceptualized as being regulated by the “participatory open media code”. The code analysis attempts to examine the newly emerged form and structure of online news. In the new interactive media environment, it is found that online news media have changed significantly in the following areas: (1) the inclusion of user-generated content; (2) user participatory interactivity; (3)YouTubization; (4) instant reporting; (5) sharing and community networking; and (6) customization through new communication technologies. The trend of growing reader participation in social dialogue is apparent around the globe. The transformed online media have provided good platforms for citizen participation in news. Yet, there are still constraints against quality participation.

Keywords

Boundary theory, Medium theory, Online news media, Participatory open media code, Web 2.0

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Chinese Journal of Communication

Volume

5

Issue

2

Start Page

210

End Page

226

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/17544750.2012.664442

ISSN (print)

17544750

ISSN (electronic)

17544769

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