The Internet and the Australian Ethnic Press: How Spanish Print Newspapers and Online News Increase Knowledge of Public Affairs Issues

By Michelle Natolo.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

The Australian ethnic press has historically performed a salient role in the process of integration between immigrants and the host country. Ethnic newspapers can become the voices of the ethnolinguistic community they represent. In a diaspora that is as ethnically diverse as the Spanish speaking community, these periodicals can potentially mediate a community’s participation in the public sphere of the country they live in and their country of origin. They have shown to improve awareness of politics and other societal issues from their homeland and host country. The possible impact of internet technology to the Australian ethnic press, in this case the Spanish language press, is an area which has received little academic attention. There have been studies which examined the relationship between the internet and mainstream media, but thus far the ethnic press has been overlooked. In the digital era, the scope for ethnic media is greater than ever, and the cost for developing and sustaining ethnic media has decreased substantially worldwide since the emergence of the internet. This presentation will discuss whether Spanish print newspapers are more effective in increasing the overall number of societal issues than their online media counterparts.

Keywords: Ethnic Journalism, Media, Diaspora, Ethnolinguistic Community, Communication, Spanish, Online News

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.265-278. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 802.636KB).

Michelle Natolo

Graduate Student, School of Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Michelle has completed her Honours thesis in the area of grammar learning pedagogy. Her research interests are ethnolinguistics, diasporic media and student centred assessment. She is currently undertaking Doctoral studies at Griffith University, Australia in the area of Australian ethnic media.

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