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Internet Newspapers

The Making of a Mainstream Medium, 1st Edition

Edited by Xigen Li


332 pages

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Internet Newspapers: The Making of a Mainstream Medium examines newspapers on the Internet, and addresses the emergence of online newspapers and the delivery of news through this outlet. Utilizing empirical research, chapters explore the theoretical and practical issues associated with Internet newspapers and examine the process through which online newspapers have grown into a mainstream medium. Contributions to this work emphasize three key areas: the structure and presentation of newspapers on the Internet; the medium as an interactive process; and the ways in which the public interacts with Internet newspapers.

This collection makes a substantial contribution to the understanding of newspapers on the Internet, covering their development and changes as well as the impact that news delivery through this medium has had on other media, audiences, and society. It also sheds light on improving operation and performance of Internet newspapers to better serve the public and gain competitive knowledge. The volume encourages additional scholarship in this area, and also shows how researchers can benefit from an empirical approach to their examination of Internet newspapers.

Internet Newspapers will appeal to scholars, researchers, and students of journalism and mass communications, and can be used as a supplementary text in advanced courses covering journalism, communication technology, and mass media and society.


"I would place this book in the upper tier in terms of thinking in the field. It breaks some new ground with regard to online newspapers. It will make a significant contribution to the field, largely by providing in a single place a comprehensive and systematic look at the state of online newspapers based on empirical data…."

John V. Pavlik

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Table of Contents

Contents: E.E. Dennis, Foreword. Preface. X. Li, Introduction. Part I: Information Delivery and Access of Internet Newspapers. J.D. Greer, D. Mensing, The Evolution of Online Newspapers: A Longitudinal Content Analysis, 1997-2003. X. Li, Graphic Use and Interconnectedness of the Internet Newspapers: A Many-to-Many Communication Model. M. Tremayne, Applying Network Theory to the Use of External Links on News Web Sites. X. Li, Web Page Design and News Retrieval Efficiency: A Content Analysis of Five U.S. Internet Newspapers. X. Li, Functional Alternatives in Obtaining News Online: An Experimental Study of Three U.S. Internet Newspapers. W. Lowrey, J. Choi, The Web News Story and Cognitive Flexibility. Part II: Emerging Medium in an Interactive Process. Z. Cao, X. Li, Effect of Growing Internet Newspapers on Circulation of U.S. Print Newspapers. Q. Zeng, X. Li, Factors Influencing Interactivity of the Internet Newspapers: A Content Analysis of 106 U.S. Newspapers' Web Sites. R. duPlessis, X. Li, Cross-Media Partnership and Its Effect on Technological Convergence of Online News Content: A Content Analysis of 100 Internet Newspapers. H.I. Chyi, D.L. Lasorsa, The Market Relation Between Online and Print Newspapers: The Case of Austin, Texas. H.I. Chyi, Re-Examining the Market Relation Between Online and Print Newspapers: The Case of Hong Kong. Part III: Internet Newspapers and the Public. C.A. Lin, M.B. Salwen, Utilities of Online and Offline News Use. E.P. Bucy, R.B. Affe, The Contributions of Net News to Cyber Democracy: Civic Affordances of Major Metropolitan Newspaper Sites. X. Ye, X. Li, Internet Newspapers' Public Forum and User Involvement. X. Li, News of Priority Issues in Print Versus Internet Newspapers. D. Mensing, J.D. Greer, Above the Fold: A Comparison of the Lead Stories in Print and Online Newspapers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Web / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies