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Information sharing in an online community of journalists

David R. Millen (AT&T Labs, 100 Schulz Drive Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 USA +1 732 345–3396)
Susan M. Dray (Dray & Associates, 2007 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405 USA)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Informal groups of professional workers are forming online communities to create and share information with each other. This paper offers an analysis of an online community of news reporters. Through participant observation in the group electronic discussion, and analysis of archival copies of the group conversation, the authors explore the ways in which this group requests and offers assistance to each other. The types of information created are examined and the temporal characteristics of the group are explored. The analysis revealed a vibrant online community of professionals who use the online communication medium to compliment professional face to face meetings and other forms of communication such as newsletters and journals.



Millen, D.R. and Dray, S.M. (2000), "Information sharing in an online community of journalists", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 52 No. 5, pp. 166-173.




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