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Conclusion

A new globalized geography of journalism is taking shape, based on the structure of the network. It is a journalism in which boundaries between traditional media outlets of print, radio and television and between national and foreign journalism are blurring and merging online. To quote Castells, a network is a ‘highly dynamic, open system, susceptible to innovating without threatening its balance’ (2000c: 501 et seq.). A network journalism structure does not eliminate ‘balance’, but requires ‘re-balancing’. Journalistic practice is currently in this state of ‘re-balancing’—it is adapting to the new dynamics of information exchange. Journalistic practice used to be a closed operation, with only a few partakers contributing to newsgathering, production and dissemination. These processes have now been shifted into an open, dynamic space and each chapter in the empirical part of this book has addressed different aspects of the digital challenge as well as the opportunities involved in this shift.