By Dan Kennedy • The press, politics, technology, culture and other passions

Catching up with the tubes

New York Times reporter Brian Stelter today offers a smart take on the increasing willingness of commercial news outlets to link to outside content — except that there’s not a single outside link in his piece. (Not his fault, I’m sure.) What few links you’ll find direct you to past Times coverage.

As a public service, Media Nation offers the following outside links mentioned in Stetler’s article:

  • Publish2. Online software, which, though still not quite ready for public use, lets you add a widget to your site consisting of pages to which you’ve linked. I’ve tested it, and it’s pretty cool. Stetler, by the way, credits Publish2 CEO Scott Karp with coining the phrase “link journalism.”
  • Political Browser. The Washington Post’s page of links to political stories from around the mediasphere.
  • WMAQ-TV. The Chicago NBC affiliate’s Web site is being transformed into a city guide with lots of outside links.
  • “The ethic of the link layer on news.” Jeff Jarvis’ post on link journalism, published on his blog, Buzz Machine, in June.
  • Breaking on the Web. ProPublica’s guide to online investigative journalism.

Still unanswered: Who at the Times thought it was a good idea to publish a story on link journalism without actually doing any.

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  1. Tish Grier

    I noticed that the NYT article has a bunch of internal links, not external links. So, perhaps they believe they *are* linking. There’s been some discussion on this since the whole thing with BusinessWeek’s BusinessExchange, and another bit about CNet linking more internally than externally. Good conversation about that on Mat Ingram’s blog…and you may be interested in Tim O’Reilly’s post on how the link economy can be devalued thru internal linking…(yes, I have too much time on my hands these days 😉 )

  2. Vox

    Dan –These are helpful links. Thanks very much.

  3. Tony

    When I saw this post I was half hoping it was an update about Fee Waybill and the band … “We’re white punks on dope … mom and dad live in Hollywood … I’ll hang myself if I get enough rope …”

  4. leany

    After declaring the death of print, bloggers and academics have clothed their straw man with proposals that include even government subsidies. It’s not just print that’s in peril, but real, investigative, long-form journalism. —————————–hennrypromoter

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