The Chinese cybersphere is one of the world’s most active online spaces. On one hand, there are traditional mainstream media outlets, which are part of the State or either subject to commercial market needs. On the other hand, social media platforms have arisen: there, users are empowered, and they even allow journalism without the need for journalistic organizations. Using content analysis, we examined the interactive features of 20 English-language media located in mainland China. We found that the media incorporated more options related to usability or promotion through social media than user-generated content. Through hierarchical cluster analysis, we identified a new typology for understanding the roles adopted by the selected media: we observed a distinctive category of online information organizations—source-oriented media. Such media do not attempt to establish user communities: their target is consultation and shared social media platforms.
|Title of host publication||Communication and Smart Technologies - Proceedings of ICOMTA 2021|
|Editors||Álvaro Rocha, Daniel Barredo, Paulo Carlos López-López, Iván Puentes-Rivera|
|Publisher||Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - 2022|
|Event||International Conference on Communication and Applied Technologies, ICOMTA 2021 - Bogotá, Colombia|
Duration: 1 Sep 2021 → 3 Sep 2021
|Name||Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies|
|Conference||International Conference on Communication and Applied Technologies, ICOMTA 2021|
|Period||1/09/21 → 3/09/21|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This article was funded through the Fudan Development Institute (FDDI) as a result of a visit by Daniel Barredo to Fudan University (Shanghai, China) from 25 May 2019 to 30 June 2019. The authors acknowledge and recognize all the support provided by the FDDI, Universidad del Rosario and Fudan University. We thank the Edanz Group (www.edanzediting. com/ac) for editing a draft of this manuscript.
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
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