Department of Journalism
Online news media in the Web 2.0 era: from boundary dissolution to journalistic transformation
© 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.
Boundary theory, Medium theory, Online news media, Participatory open media code, Web 2.0
Source Publication Title
Chinese Journal of Communication
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Lee, Alice Y.L.. "Online news media in the Web 2.0 era: from boundary dissolution to journalistic transformation." Chinese Journal of Communication 5.2 (2012): 210-226.