Materias Investigacion::Comunicación::Periodismo, comunicación de masas, medios de comunicación y edición.
Communications. The European Journal of Communication Research, 33(4): 403-430
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 realtime
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.