2.1 Introduction
2.2 Putting ‘information' in rational perspective
2.3 Why the Internet matters to political journalism
2.4 Individuals online: usage and impacts
2.5 Groups online: usage and impacts
2.6 Politicians online: usage and impacts
2.7 Media online: usage and impacts
2.8 ‘Ya say ya wanna a revolution?'
2.9 Further study

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A.M. Burton

Submitted to:
School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada),

in part completion of the requirements for the

Master of Journalism

September 2000

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2.9  Further Study

Fundamental questions about the Internet and politics have yet to be answered. I suggest that first among these questions is whether the Internet offers something new that is politically meaningful, or is it simply a new medium offering innovative technological possibilities that will ultimately be used for similar political purposes as newspapers, radio and television.

On April 10, 2000 the Committee of Concerned Journalists, a self-described consortium across media dedicated to clarifying the principles of the journalism profession, released a study of the online coverage of the 2000 presidential campaign.1 While it has been criticized for "lacking any clear sense of what it thinks Web campaign journalism ought to be,"2 the study is nonetheless a useful first step in quantifying whether online journalism adds anything new to political communication. By focusing on quantitative and qualitative durables such as what election news and information is offered to citizens online, and attempting to quantify whether or not online news sources actually use the technological innovations the Internet affords, this study takes an important step - from the realm of the speculative towards a more concrete, reality-based assessment of online news content.

Recognizing an almost complete lack of information on this subject in the Canadian context, I conducted a study of online news coverage of first ballot voting in the Canadian Alliance leadership race for PoliticsWatch. This study is  loosely based on the methodology of the Committee for Concerned Journalists' study.

This study was a humble first attempt at initiating a thread of Canadian academic inquiry on the impact of the Internet on Canadian politics. The results are in the pages that follow.

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2.     http://slate.msn.com/netelection/entries/00-04-18_80813.asp

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