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Ideas drawn from theories of cyberdemocracy, or use of the Internet’s interactive abilities to foster political discourse, can be used to define new ways in which online newspapers can become facilitators of that discourse. A content analysis of 47 online newspapers demonstrates that few papers are embracing these approaches. But some limited evidence was found that the idea of using online tools to “cover” public affairs differently is one that’s starting to take root in journalism.


Presentation at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Mid-Winter Conference Presentation, February 11-12, 2005, Kennesaw, GA..

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