Electronic Newspapers and Their Impacts on the Newspaper Industry in Taiwan

Chung-Chuan Yang
Yuan Se Institute of Technology, Taiwan

Abstract

The popularity of the Internet and the WWW has challenged the dominance of paper-based newspapers as a low-cost, user-friendly mass information distribution medium. In the United States, more than 1,000 newspapers have gone online; and in Taiwan, the two largest newspaper chains (the China Times and the United Daily News) introduced electronic versions of their flagship newspapers in 1995.

Although the emergence of electronic newspapers and their impacts on newspaper journalists have been widely discussed by academics in the United States, there is no research on what impacts the new newspaper format will have on journalists in Taiwan. This paper intends to provide empirical evidence, based on surveys of journalists of major newspapers in Taiwan, to assess these potential impacts. It aims to answer the following questions:

Findings from this study will shed light on the impacts of electronic newspapers on Taiwan's communication industries.