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[eccr] Old school journalism alive on the web

Fri Jul 05 19:17:52 GMT 2002

Old school journalism alive on the web
Traditional journalistic attitudes and methods still prevail online,
according to the preliminary findings of a study into the relationship
between web writers and users across the UK, Ireland, France and

Initial research suggests that, despite much talk of user involvement
and interaction, "the traditional model of professional journalism as a
form of authoritative storytelling shows considerable durability".

The study says: "We see little evidence of a new paradigm emerging in
online news. The new paradigm generally refers to disappearing
boundaries between producer and user, or to a gradual merging of
professional journalism with a range of non-professional activities".
The research also found that the adoption of more user-interactive tools
by online news services had been "limited and uneven".

Even "some net-native services were also guided by a traditional,
hierarchical journalism outlook and practice", and "online news services
show markedly weak interest in tracking usage of their sites as a basis
for redesigning those sites or rethinking their publishing practices",
said the report.

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