Online news media in the web 2.0 era: From boundary dissolution to journalistic transformation

Alice Y L LEE*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-226
Number of pages17
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • Boundary theory
  • Medium theory
  • Online news media
  • Participatory open media code
  • Web 2.0


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