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The blurring of the distinctions between telecommunications, computers, radio, television and newspapers has been made possible by digital technology. Caught up in the fallout from this exciting and confusing upheaval are journalists who as a result, can no longer rely on one set of skills to see them through a career and need to be more technologically adept than ever before. Journalism itself became a global enterprise and a ‘two way street’ (Hargreaves, 2003: 242) as the Internet dispensed with national boundaries. Almost anyone can join in and there is unprecedented interactivity between journalist and audience.

It is what Crisell (2002: 286–7) describes as the ‘interchangeability’ of media that is allowing all the various media platforms to take on some of the characteristics and functions of ...

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