© Media Watch 11 (2) 310-322, 2020
ISSN 0976-0911 | E-ISSN 2249-8818
Media Websites Services and Users Subscription
Models for Online Journalism
Nikos Antonopoulos, Evangelos Lamprou, Matina Kiourexidou,
Agisilaos Konidaris, & Spyros Polykalas
Ionian University, Greece
A crucial question that has arisen is whether the involvement of Web users can be extended to the funding of news organizations aimed at their financial independence from traditional funding practices. The evolution of multimodal media websites, the media crisis and the growing dissatisfaction of the citizens, create the conditions for online journalism to work with citizens, and through emerging journalistic practices such as crowdsourcing. This concept is a form of collective online activity in which a person or a group of people volunteer to engage in work that always involves mutual benefit to both sides. The main research question of this paper concerns the analysis of the current situation regarding crowdfunding and the adoption of best practices on the technological features, services, and tools used by websites around the world. Very few media have tried to apply even nowadays, the proposed model of journalism, which this study is going to research. The results of the study shape new perspectives and practices for participation, journalism, and democracy.
Keywords: Media sustainability, media websites, online publishing, crowdfunding, participation
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Antonopoulos Nikos (Post Doc, Ph.D., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2015) is an Assistant Professor of Communication and New Technologies in the Department of Digital Media and Communication at Ionian University, Greeece. He is Head of New Media Communication and Usability Lab (NeMeCU Lab). His research interests include digital communication, journalism and human computer-interaction.
Evangelos D. Lamprou is a Journalist and adjunct lecturer at the Department of Digital Media and Communication in Ionian University. His research focuses on the use of digital media, digital journalism and communication.
Matina Kiourexidou (Post Doc, Ph.D., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2016) is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Digital Media and Communication at Ionian University. Her research interests are in communication, multimedia content, human computer-interaction, virtual and augmented reality.
Agisilaos Konidaris (Ph.D., University of Patras, Greece, 2005) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Digital Media and Communication at Ionian University. His research focuses on digital marketing and advertisement.
Spyros Polykalas (Ph.D., National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1999) is a Professor in the Department of Digital Media and Communication at Ionian University. His main scientific interests are related to the framework of electronic communication services provision, regulation and competition in electronic communications markets.