Because of the prevalence of the internet in today’s society manythousands of papers now publish an on-line edition. It is through the use ofthis medium that they wish to make in roads in the communications market. It isseen as a necessary step by many because of the loss of readership due to theinternet, broadcast journalism and radio. In my review I will examine an on-lineedition of a newspaper from each of the continents.
I will comment on some ofthe technical aspects each employ. I will also discuss the tools many of thepapers are using, that not only make them a hybrid of broadcast, radio and printjournalism but also establish them as the only medium that is using interactivereporting. Representing the continent of Asia and the city of Hong Kong is theSouth China Morning Post. It is one of only a few English language news papersin the republic. The post has an air of journalistic freedom the other newspapers do not seem to have. One of the lead articles outlined this concern anddispelled the rumor that China would censor the paper when the city is turnedover in July.Order now
The Morning Post is a very up to date paper that features an updatedbreaking news sidebar. A very useful and inviting feature which enables it tokeep up with and often scoop the broadcast media. The newspaper also had atechnology section which caters to the on-line user. The post also utilizes theuse of java script to make it seem more like an interactive medium. Of the papers available from the continent of India the Times of Indiais the one of the finest.
It features an archive that is quite extensive, ametropolis section which features two cities a day, an easily accessible reprintsection for syndication of articles and a career opportunities in India sectionthat is aimed at the overseas applicant. It has some draw backs though, theworld section although very extensive is more of an overview of the continentand the region rather than the entire world. It is not as inviting as some ofthe other on-line news papers it has a uninviting look to it which lends it tobe a little less reader friendly. Business Day is the best offering of dailies for South Africa. It takesa little longer to load the page but that is due to a very dominate graphicwhich clearly outlines all of the major markets of the world.
The major marketgraphic is the most impressive of the elements of this on-line newspaper. Comingin second is business days entertainment section. It has well written andintelligent reviews of cinema, books, theater, wine and food. As a whole thepaper has some major drawbacks, there are no pictures, essentially no world newsand the front page contained a spelling error. The Times of London is the signature paper of Europe.
It is not onlyvery easy to use it is also very insightful and timely. It has a crosswordpuzzle, a first among all of the newspapers that I reviewed for this assignment. It has a true world news section which has comprehensive coverage of the world. It has a very slick look that is complimented by many color and black and whitepictures. Many of the stories incorporated graphics which lead to a verycontemporary wed designed look. The most compelling aspect of the paper was thefeature personal times.
Personal times, is a customized news paper designedfrom the readers general interests. The feature was one of many whichdistinguished the times from any other I reviewed. Overall the times was a veryexciting newspaper and one which is very insightful into its readers needs. An extremely modern looking design dominates the Christchurch Press, oneof the three on-line papers from the small island. It has the distinction ofbeing the only paper I could find that had a photo gallery.
The gallery was avery welcomed find amongst the many papers on the internet that all but abandonphotojournalism for more graphics and text. Surprisingly, it does not have aworld news a section. It has some unusual fare for an on-line news paper, suchas, a motoring section, a teen section, a TV guide and a computer tools section. It also distinguishes itself from other on-line news papers by offering soundfiles. The sound files demonstrate how the medium of on-line news and