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The typical argument made against the use of links in online journalism is that they impede our concentration, distracting our focus away from the article we are reading in order to bombard us with excess information that simply confuses the reader. But is this really the case or is it another example of traditionalist scaremongering?

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Link Journalism

For my section of the presentation I looked at an article on the guardian site: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/sep/08/internet-manifesto-future-journalism

This article introduced the ‘internet manifesto’, and also included hyperlinks throughout the piece. These other articles on the guardian site, include a piece by Jeff Jarvis (http://buzzmachine.com/) and others including an interview with the ever so popular Rupert Murdoch (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/may/07/rupert-murdoch-charging-websites) and his 2009 belief that news would be no longer free online.

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Transparency

The traditional news medium requires the reader to accept the validity of news stories and its facts, however journalists and news organisations are becoming less and less trusted. To combat this distrust, there must be ways for journalists and news organisations to protect themselves. This is where transparency comes in.

Transparency is an abstract notion, however it’s an important one. Gaye Tuchman, professor at University of Connecticut, said “the correct handling of a story, that is, the use of certain procedures discernible to the news consumer, protects journalists from the risks of their trade, including critics” (Tuchman, p.661, 1972), this meant that journalistic routines should be communicated to the audience.

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