When evaluating the state of online journalism, there is usually lots of opinion and personal views but little data to base an analysis upon. Now, professional criteria can be found in the case of European newspapers with publication of the book Print and online newspapers in Europe. A comparative analysis in 16 countries
http://www.unav.es/fcom/guia/docs/spflyer_vdwurff_english2.pdf This study has become the most comprehensive work on the online and print press in Europe.
More than 50 scholars contributed to this analysis, which has compared content, format, and editorial models of the main newspapers of Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
In the case of online newspapers, a sample of each was taken at the same date and time, as an industry snapshot of mainstream online journalism today. The book devotes one chapter to each country.