Newspapers of Record in a Digital Age:

From Hot Type to Hot Link

Shannon E. Martin and Kathleen A. Hanson

Title Page series forward by Robert E. Denton, Jr.


Chapter One The Newspaper as an “Official Publication”

Chapter Two The News Industry and “Newspapers of Record”

Chapter Three The Legal System and “Legal Notices” in Newspapers

Chapter Four Newspapers as Reference Sources

Chapter Five Newspapers Online

Chapter Six Newspapers as Records in a Digital Environment

Bibliography  (and Appendix of Legal Notices)


 Social Media and Participatory  Democracy:

Public Notice and the World Wide Web

Shannon E. Martin

Published by Peter Lang

Public notices are usually provided in the form of a document when something is about to be done or recently has been done by government. For about two hundred years these notices have often taken the form of legal notices placed as classified ads in newspapers.

With the onset of social media, government as well as personal information can be accessed at a push of a button for all to see. This book addresses the kinds of changes that public notice and published public records have experienced as governments around the world try to accommodate the digital formats for information and World Wide Web publishing, as well as presenting historical and legal underpinnings for the broader claim of a public requirement to be informed about the government.

While there is concern that government information on the Web will fall prey to pranks and misuse, the author argues that it is possible to reduce this risk by looking carefully at the intent of public notice and the history of democratic evolution. The book concludes with recommendations for smoothing the transition from a paper-based world of records to an environment of speed and virtual portability.


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