Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
William A. Hanff
Broadly defined, online reporters are journalists who utilize the World Wide Web and Internet for researching, editing, producing, and distributing news content. Some do the entirety of their work online while others (an increasing majority of journalists) combine online with more traditional methods of reporting. Since many print and broadcast journalists also use networked computer technologies in their news gathering and distribution, making exact differentiations is difficult. Narrowly defined, journalists who work exclusively or largely online may be classified as online reporters. The migration of journalism and media content from traditional print and broadcasting media into digital distribution using the Internet has changed and hybridized the nature of the professional reporter. An online reporter may be actively employed by a news-gathering organization, wire service, or broadcast network but may also be a freelance journalist with long-term ties to several organizations, a member of the alternative press, or may be a ...