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The Metro Wide Web: Changes in Newspapers' Gate-keeping Role Online

Singer, J. (2001). The Metro Wide Web: Changes in Newspapers' Gate-keeping Role Online. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 78(1), pp. 65-80.


Newspapers traditionally have brought selected information about the world to local readers' doorsteps. But as papers go online, their editors face new decisions relating to that gate-keeping role. This study examines the print and online versions of six Colorado newspapers, comparing the amount of local and non-local news, sports and business content in each. The findings indicate the online products have a much stronger local orientation than the print ones, suggesting that online papers may be moving toward a reinterpretation of their role in connecting readers to the world beyond their horizons.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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