Abstract: The article focused on three aspects: First, it discussed the 4 types of online journalism consisting of Mainstream News sites, Index & Category sites, Meta & Comment sites, and Share & Discussion sites. The author provided distinctive attributes of each and gave some examples of websites which fell under those categories. In addition, Mark Deuze also provided characteristics of online journalism including hypertextuality, multimediality, and interactivity. He describes the aspects of these traits and also invites the reader to think about questions concerning them. Lastly, Deuze lists the new strategies for online journalism consisting of annotative reporting, open source journalism, and hyperadaptive news sites. He explains how these various strategies have been employed by online journalists and the pros/cons associated with them.
Statement of relevance: Online journalism is the method through which we as consumers can gather online news. In browsing the Internet for news, we inevitably end up on one of the sites within Deuze’s 4 categories. We also consistently encounter the characteristics he observes. Hypertext is how we often progress from one news piece to another, while different kinds of media and interactive factors help us absorb the news in various way. Also, we can see an increase in the new strategies Deuze describes: The fact that we comment on each others’ blogs within this Com300 class is a perfect example of audience participation.