1 Department of Information and Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Center for Internet Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University
Online newspapers may be easy to identify, but are difficult to define. This paper discusses how to define the online newspaper and proposes a definition that includes online newspapers with or without printed editions. The definition is based on the functions of a newspaper rather than on who the publisher is, and may be seen as extending the concept of the printed newspaper. A planned typology of online newspapers in Denmark will draw on this definition, and this paper explains the methodology that will be used. The two-tiered definition has on the first level a general wording that includes a large group of publications, and on the second level, several optional elements are formulated, creating a framework for a detailed typology of online newspapers.
Impact of Internet on the Mass Media in Europe, 2007, p. 105-117