Exploring structural interactivity in online newspapers: A look at the Greek Web landscape

  • Paschalia-Lia Spyridou
  • Andreas Veglis

Abstract

As the online news industry has completed its first decade of existence, online newspapers are moving beyond the realm of "shovelware" to produce news marked by increased interactivity, content richness and user control. Content originality and the advantages provided by technology are said to lie at the core of efficient online news production. This paper examines the development of online newspapers in terms of exploiting the structural interactive features available today. Drawing upon quantitative research, it is argued that in the Greek online press the range of possible forms and expressions of interactivity are limited and uneven. The dominant journalistic culture of Greece - in combination to political and cultural traits of the country - are assumed to hinder the expected development of Web publishing.

Author Biographies

Paschalia-Lia Spyridou
Paschalia-Lia Spyridou is a doctoral student at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from where she received her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication in 1998. In 2000 she received an MA in Communication from the University of Westminster, London. At the moment she works as an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Aristotle University. Her research interests revolve around online journalism, interactivity of Web sites, media consumption, democracy and digital media.
Andreas Veglis
Andreas Veglis is Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Thessaloniki. He received the BS degree in Physics in 1988, and the MS degree in Electronics and Communications in 1992 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 1995 he received a PhD degree in Computer Science, also from Aristotle University. His research interests include information technology in journalism, distributed printing and new media.
How to Cite
Spyridou, P.-L., & Veglis, A. (1). Exploring structural interactivity in online newspapers: A look at the Greek Web landscape. First Monday, 13(5). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v13i5.2164
Section
Articles