Journalism

I feel a death-of-journalism topic coming on. Here’s a teaser.

I’ve been following @jayrosen_nyu on Twitter. He’s an excellent source of post-web meta-journalism stories. Including this one by Steve Rhodes mentioning among many other things my pet peeve about how the NYTimes uses link tags:

I was reading a trade industry publication last week informing those of our profession that you don’t have to use the old AP inverted pyramid style when writing your stories. You can use feature leads! You can write in narrative style! You can use all sorts of gimmicks to “write” if you just learn the craft of newspaperese! You’ll win awards!

Um, what is this, the wayback machine to 1975? Not only is that an amazingly stale discussion, it’s amazingly outdated. The revolution of the simple link has irrevocably altered the way we should be writing and structuring our stories. But guess what? Newspaper reporters don’t put links in their stories! It’s true! And when newspapers put stories online, an editor doesn’t put links in those, either!

Oh sure, there are auto-generated links that helpfully point readers to encyclopedia entries of every proper name mentioned . . . woo-hoo!

If you haven’t ever made a link, you have no business being within 500 miles of any “town hall” on how to save journalism.

Much more at the link.

Update: Another very insightful column, this one from Whet Moser, remarking on the same event.
and so it goes…
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