Unique Aspects of Online Journalism

What is online journalism? Is it unique? These sites are a good place to begin…

1. Audience Control
The audience has greater control over the information it wants.
USA Today’s Hospital Database
Every Block

2. Nonlinear
Stories do not have to follow a predetermined order. They can be structured to allow users to experience it as they wish.
Whale Hunt Photo Essay
Poltifact Truth-o-Meter

3. Storage and retrieval
Ability to link to public records, databases, archives, and additional information.

4. Unlimited Space
Unlike print or broadcast which is limited by space and time, the web is not constrained by temporal boundaries.

5. Immediacy
The Internet allow information to be published almost instantaneously.
Iran Unrest – twazzup twitter search
Google Alerts

6. Multimedia
The integration of text, photos, audio, video, and graphics to tell a story or provide information.
Interactive Narratives
Bombay Flying Club
Media Storm

7. Interactivity and User-Generated Content
The user participates in the news process and content creation.
CNN’s iReport

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