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University of North Texas Department of Journalism Online Journalism 3340 Sept. 17, 2009 Early Days of The Web
Today’s class <ul><li>Website of the Day </li></ul><ul><li>Cool online tool of the day </li></ul><ul><li>Types of converge...
The Early Days – News Websites <ul><li>The Evolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainly straight text, no graphics </li></ul></u...
<ul><li>Dedicated keyboard/terminal that could only be used for the videotext service. This equipment cost $600 to $900; l...
http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/carlson/history/ScreenShots/Fred_the_computer.jpg 1993: September 2: Middlesex (Mass.) News launche...
January 1994: Salt Lake Tribune opens a BBS called Utah Online.   http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/carlson/history/ScreenShots/utah_...
Interactive tools <ul><li>Web polls </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Personal...
 
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A look at the early days of the web and the evolution of interactive content, ending with igoogle.

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  1. 1. University of North Texas Department of Journalism Online Journalism 3340 Sept. 17, 2009 Early Days of The Web
  2. 2. Today’s class <ul><li>Website of the Day </li></ul><ul><li>Cool online tool of the day </li></ul><ul><li>Types of convergence </li></ul><ul><li>READ for next week: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teens Know What They Want From Online News: Do You? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.naafoundation.org/Research/Foundation/Youth-Content/Teens-Know-What-They-Want-From-Online-News.aspx </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Early Days – News Websites <ul><li>The Evolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainly straight text, no graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bulletin boards (BBS), forums ruled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Late 70s/early 80s: VideoText </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Miami Herald: Viewtron </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Belo: BISON – Belo Information Systems On-line </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Progidy: Cowboys Content </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knight Ridder, Tribune: $30 million </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regurgitation: What was in print showed up online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No staffs – Gungho geeks who become mavericks of their time </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Dedicated keyboard/terminal that could only be used for the videotext service. This equipment cost $600 to $900; later, as personal computing caught on,Viewtron would try to sell its services via IBM, Apple, or Commodore PCs. </li></ul><ul><li>A television set to display the color images, which took time to load or paint </li></ul><ul><li>A monthly subscription fee of $12 (the first month was free) </li></ul><ul><li>A phone line to send information back to a central computer, for which the consumer initially paid $1 an hour </li></ul>Source: Poynter.org: “Before there was the Internet, There was Viewtron”, by Howard Finberg, http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=52769 The Miami Herald, then owned by Knight-Ridder, invested $17mm in 1984
  5. 5. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/carlson/history/ScreenShots/Fred_the_computer.jpg 1993: September 2: Middlesex (Mass.) News launches first Internet gopher-based online newspaper .
  6. 6. January 1994: Salt Lake Tribune opens a BBS called Utah Online. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/carlson/history/ScreenShots/utah_online.jpg
  7. 7. Interactive tools <ul><li>Web polls </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Personalization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo, Google </li></ul></ul>
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