Online and print newspapers in Europe in 2003. Evolving towards complementarity

Online and print newspapers in Europe in 2003. Evolving towards complementarity This article assesses online newspapers in Europe from a media evolutionary perspective, ten years after the introduction of the World Wide Web. Comparing print and online front pages of 51 newspapers in 14 countries in 2003, we argue that online newspapers complement print newspapers in modest ways. Online, publishers put more emphasis on service information, offer additional news items, that nonetheless report on similar topics in similar ways, and add personal interactivity, content selectivity and real-time news to the print news offering. One subset of online newspapers charges for services, and offers more content and personal interactivity. Another, partly overlapping subset offers more original news; in a short and anonymous format. Overall, however, online newspapers in Europe make up a heterogeneous group, suggesting that online newspapers still have to find their definite form and role in the European news market. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Communication & Medicine de Gruyter

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de Gruyter
Copyright
© 2008 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, D-10785 Berlin
Subject
Commentary and debate
ISSN
1612-1783
eISSN
1613-4087
DOI
10.1515/COMM.2008.026
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Abstract

This article assesses online newspapers in Europe from a media evolutionary perspective, ten years after the introduction of the World Wide Web. Comparing print and online front pages of 51 newspapers in 14 countries in 2003, we argue that online newspapers complement print newspapers in modest ways. Online, publishers put more emphasis on service information, offer additional news items, that nonetheless report on similar topics in similar ways, and add personal interactivity, content selectivity and real-time news to the print news offering. One subset of online newspapers charges for services, and offers more content and personal interactivity. Another, partly overlapping subset offers more original news; in a short and anonymous format. Overall, however, online newspapers in Europe make up a heterogeneous group, suggesting that online newspapers still have to find their definite form and role in the European news market.

Journal

Communication & Medicinede Gruyter

Published: Dec 1, 2008

Keywords: media evolution ; online newspapers ; print newspapers ; Europe

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