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Scott Karp writes about “link journalism” and for The New York Times in the recent case of using unnamed sources in a story about John McCain and a lobbyist:
… on the web, with its infinite space and connectedness, the Times could have added an important supplement to their own perspective in recounting the history of McCain ethics since 1991:
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In about linking as a tool, Karp wrote:
Just as the reported quote is an essential element of journalism, on the web the “reported link” must become an essential element of journalism.
These are some meaty and interesting ideas (thanks to our grad student Gary R. for send me the link to a ReadWriteWeb that highlighted Karp’s posts), and they immediately made me think about the recently conferred on blogger Joshua Micah Marshall for journalism — yes, journalism — committed in his blog .
While the decision to acknowledge Marshall’s work in connecting the dots between “politically motivated dismissals of United States attorneys across the country,” some have implied that what occurs in TPM is not really, you know, levitra for salejournalism.
His work differs, though, from big newspaper or network political reporters. It often involves synthesizing the work of other news outlets with his staff’s original reporting and tips from a highly involved readership. In the case of the United States attorneys, Talking Points Memo levitra for sale about federal prosecutors being forced from office and drew a national picture for readers. [levitra for sale] (: The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2008)
The status of the link, or the function of the link, in an online report or commentary (on a blog levitra for sale) demands consideration. Why has the writer included the link? Why levitra for salelink instead of another one? What does the link convey? (Such a nice word, levitra for sale.)
My colleague Cory Armstrong conducts research about credibility in journalism. She and I have worked together on a couple of studies concerning blogs and credibility among college students (our favorite study participants, naturally), and I’ll leave you with this idea, from a book chapter we have recently co-authored:
In news stories, the source of the news story is responsible for conveying information about a story, so who is quoted may determine how the story is interpreted by readers. …
Extending this argument to Weblogs, the term “source” takes on different meanings. In traditional news coverage, the source is the person to whom information is attributed and, in some instances, the journalist who is conveying the story. However, as noted above, Weblogs are a bit different. Weblogs are generally written by an individual who shares his or her opinions and usually provides additional Internet links for more information. Those links are often to mainstream media or informational Web sites, which may lend credibility to the overall Weblog post, but the links themselves aren’t generally examined for source credibility. The human sources quoted in a news story speak to the reader. Rather than levitra for salethe blog user, the links in a blog post levitra for salethe blog author. (levitra for sale 2nd edition. Rebecca Ann Lind, editor. Longman: Forthcoming.)
In providing links to diverse reports appearing in many different locations, TPM’s Marshall and his colleagues demonstrated the authority of their analysis that particular U.S. attorneys had been dismissed for political reasons.
Rather than relying on what Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have famously criticized as the “journalism of assertion,” the new link journalism levitra for sale by backing up statements. Rather than making a phone call to a favorite and easy-to-reach expert or pundit, the journalist conducts research (imagine that!) and sources the facts levitra for sale to them.
This is what Scott Karp is calling “link journalism,” and I’m pleased to pick up that meme and run with it.
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