News in 'new media': An historical comparison between the arrival of television and online news in Australia

Margaret Van Heekeren

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Abstract

The quest to identify the 'new' in new media has led to recognition of an historical continuity in the technological and cultural circumstances surrounding the introduction of new media forms. A more nascent area of research is the identification of a similar patterning in the adaptation of content delivery. This article examines news content through a snapshot of two periods in Australian news media history, the arrival of television news in 1956 and online news in 1995. It finds a repetitive familiarity in the response of newspaper publishers on both occasions in the organization of news divisions and news delivery, raising questions over the ability of new media to offer greater diversity of mainstream news content.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-30
Number of pages11
JournalMedia International Australia
Issue number134
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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