Archive for April, 2010

Hyperlinking Continued

April 29, 2010

Jay Rosen, an academic from NYU, says that when newspapers first launched their online editions of newspapers, they invented a set of rules for themselves in that they didn’t hyperlink other sources or, in particular, the competition i.e. other papers etc.. The reasoning behind this was that the media outlets wanted you to believe that “we’re the best, we have all the information you will need and there is no need to leave the site. Rosen claims how this is, as he puts it, “anti-web”, as not linking goes against the whole point of the internet – mass communication between people and the sharing of information. He also goes on to say how it was actually the bloggers who first developed the use of the hyperlink, and that it took the media outlets a long time to learn “the ethic of the link”.

Here is the video of the talk given:


Hyperlinking and Online Journalism

April 29, 2010

When it come to Online Journalism it is important to understand the role of hyperlinking. An interesting topic we were given a link to on this was a manifesto on how hyperlinking can actively be used to improve Jounralism. 

Kim Elmose, the blog editor of, and Lars K. Jensen, a project manager at, launched a link manifesto to be adopted by news media online. It consisted of six laws:

First law: We link to the sources for the data we use in our journalistic products. If we have read, seen or heard important new information on an external site – for instance about companies, people or surveys – we will link to it.

Second law: We link directly and precisely to the information we use from external sites. In this way we provide proper service to our readers rather than just linking to the front page of the external site.

Third law: We are precise in our information about where a link leads to; about who has produced the information we link to and when. The readers should know where it takes them when they follow a link.

Fourth law: We recognise that an article consisting of precise links to information that represents different angles on an issue is a journalistic product.

Fifth law: We are open to inbound links to our own news sites because we want to be an integrated part of the web’s ecosystem

Sixth law: We aspire to making it easier to link directly to our articles.

I think that adopted into an established media organisation, these “laws” can really help to make online journalism more efficent and add another layer of depth.

Net Culture

April 29, 2010

What Net Culture means to me is communication – what the internet is all about! We now have huge communication tools far beyond simple email. We have social networking site such as Facebook and Twitter, and we can keep in contact with anyone of our vast community of followers or friends at any given time of the day. It has ushered in a new era of unrivaled up to date and on the minute information on whatever it may be we wish to find out.

This Net Culture is also a big part of online Journalism. We have on the minute news updates and RSS feeds. Net Culture today is an inpatient, info hungry monster that no longer has to wait until the 6 O’ Clock news for what is happening in the world today.

Welcome to my Online Journalism Blog!

April 29, 2010