July 1997

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Not-so-strange Alliances and Their Impact on Online News Media

by Ann Auman

Every day we read about some new development in the new media landscape.Microsoft launches Sidewalk. Digital City signs Metro dailies. San Francisco TV is on the Web. Microsoft buys Web-TV.

Meanwhile, new media editors, or "managers," as they are often called, are on the front line of an experiment in new journalism.These managers are working in an environment that affects both the process and content of news creation and presentation. They must consider the role that the control of the related technology plays in this new journalism.

This article will look at some of the key issues and challenges facing new journalists today.


Ann Auman ( is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where she teaches news editing, writing and publication design. Her research and publications focus on change in newspapers and the future of news. She has nine years of professional journalism experience and has worked for The Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and in television and public relations.

Copyright © 1997 by Ann Auman. All Rights Reserved.

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