Winter 2000

Introduction

By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
There are few places in the world where technological changes are not resulting in new approaches to how journalists do their jobs and consumers get their news. Rakesh Kalshian, an Indian journalist, describes the gold rush atmosphere created by Internet publications. But gold, he writes, has been hard to find. From Africa, Tanya Accone, executive producer of MWeb Africa, reports that obstacles abound, such as a lack of access to technology and of a wired infrastructure, but so do potential payoffs as the Web helps journalists circumvent autocratic government restrictions. András Vágvölgyi, a magazine writer in Hungary, visits Serbia and discovers that the new technology “is not just a tool but is freedom itself.” Songpol Kaopatumtip, an editor at The Bangkok Post, writes about adapting to the arrival of computers and the Internet in the newsroom. Journalist Philip J. Cunningham, who reports from many Asian countries, takes us along as he writes his stories at Internet cafés. Andreas Harsono, managing editor of a monthly magazine in Jakarta, explores how Internet publications helped to topple a corrupt president but also how today’s widespread poverty curtails technology’s potential reach. And Françoise Lazare, a reporter at Le Monde, tells how, for the first time, her newspaper used its interactive Web site to break a big story: Evidence accusing President Jacques Chirac of corruption could be seen on videotape.

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