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Hypertext newswriting effects on satisfaction, comprehension and attitudes

By João Canavilhas


Key-words: hypertext; web journalism; online jornalism More than a decade after the beginning of online journalism, the great expectations of this field of expertise remain unfulfilled. Hypertextuality, multimediality, and interactivity remain original marks as yet unexplored by journalism made on the web (though not for the web). In the specific case of hypertextuality, the subject of this study, its little use is linked with journalists ’ time constraints, the absence of an organizational model not limited to copying printed papers, and the fear that readers may reject non-linear reading (Paul, 2005). The latter reason is likely what is most hindering the evolution of web journalism, despite the great potential of online news formed by networks of linked texts. To begin with, it frees the reader, giving them the option to create their own path of reading. Additionally, it offers extra contextual information about the subject, allowing readers to increase their knowledge on the subject according to their own interests

Year: 2008
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