Date of this Version

July 1993

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Pearson, Mark. (1993). Electronic mail as a news medium.
Australian Journalism Review, v. 15, no. 2, pp. 131-138.

Copyright © Journalism Education Association 1993. All Rights Reserved.
Permission granted.

The Australian Journalism Review is published by the Journalism Education Association .


[Extract] Visualise a community where the daily news is delivered in text form via personal computers. Journalists report the news as they would in any other newsroom. Editors work with the copy and prepare the text for publication. As with a newspaper, the stories are transmitted in text form. Yet, as with radio or television, the transmission is instantaneous. Every member of the audience has access to a computer connected by an electronic mail network to every other member of the community. The medium is interactive, and readers have a number of options available to them. They can choose to search and select certain news items and print them. They can choose to file the news electronically to read at a more convenient time. They can make the decision to discard a news item that does not interest them. They can respond instantly to articles they wish to correct or comment upon with letters to the editor.



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