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Envisioning the Caucus Community: Online Newspaper Editors Conceptualize Their Political Roles

Singer, J. & Gonzalez-Velez, M. (2003). Envisioning the Caucus Community: Online Newspaper Editors Conceptualize Their Political Roles. Political Communication, 20(4), pp. 433-452. doi: 10.1080/10584600390244185


This paper explores how local newspaper editors, as they move online and develop increasingly comprehensive and sophisticated Web sites, conceptualize the ways in which they might take advantage of the opportunities afforded by this new medium. To do so, it considers five caucus-specific sites in light of the notion of a potentially reinvigorated public sphere. The results suggest that despite the participatory nature of the medium, local newspapers' efforts to facilitate formation of an online democratic community remain tentative. Online editors recognize interactivity as a key attribute of the Web, but most are only just beginning to explore ways to move beyond their traditional role as information providers to create a space for meaningful political discourse.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Political Communication in 2003, available online:
Publisher Keywords: caucus, community, Internet, news, newspapers, online, public sphere, Web
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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