New York Times standards editor Phillip Corbett wrote Tuesday that the newsroom should do a better job of providing links in its articles:
For all our progress in digital journalism, we sometimes still neglect one of its most basic tools: the link.
Online readers today simply expect links and find their absence baffling or worse. Links provide background information, buttress our reporting, point to related material, aid search and help ensure proper credit and attribution. They are easy to include and cost nothing.
They should be as routine in our stories as quotes, and for many reporters they are. But we still miss many opportunities.
Corbett then cited New York Times news presentation editor Patrick LaForge, who pointed to several articles that called for links, including a story about the oil boom in North Dakota, and a recent article about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to the blizzard that hit Buffalo. Read more
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