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DEMOCRACY IN THE INFORMATION AGE: THE ROLE OF THE FOURTH ESTATE IN CYBERSPACE

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Journalism faces attack from two areas. From one direction it has to repel the pressures from its new owners, the media conglomerates, that have exacerbated the traditional problems of professional news. From another, new forms of political and government communication with the public are emerging. The Internet is displacing the journalistic role of providing information and interpretation for the citizen. This article assesses the future for journalism within the public sphere and asks whether journalism can perform its normative functions in the digital age.
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Keywords: INTERNET; JOURNALISM; NEWS; PUBLIC JOURNALISM; PUBLIC SPHERE; SCANDAL

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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