Archive for May, 2010

Navigating away…
May 12, 2010

 As I have spoken about previously, hyper linking is a great way of adding depth to a piece of news by linking to other relevant pieces. One thing that I have been asking myself though is if it is a good idea for a newspaper’s website to link to a rival newspapers one, just to add something to a story?

If it adds another level of understanding to the piece, does it matter where it comes from? Or are newspapers too competitive to allow this to happen?

On the Independent’s website, they do use hyper linking in the main body of their text, but the links only bring you back to the Independent. For example, the main story in today’s Independent is about how Brian Lenihan has asked ministers to find 3billion euro worth of cutbacks in one month.

The hyperlink is on ‘Minister Brian Lenihan’ and links to this, a search of his name. Not very helpful really, as there are hundreds of stories related to Brian Lenihan. Is this an effective use of a hyperlink? I don’t think so.

If newspapers used hyper linking properly, I feel that it could be really effective, I just feel that they have a fear of possibly navigating the reader from their page, and never getting them back. Is this unrealistic?


Transparency: Is it seen?
May 11, 2010

With the development of online journalism, transparency is a core part of it. The waters used to be slightly muddier, with the journalist acting as a gate keeper, telling the public what was in the news, and leaving little room for the questioning of the media.

In the last number of years, the mass media has demanded more transparency from the government and the banking system, they demand that certain documents be published, and that certain facts are out in the open. The passion of a journalist is to uncover  details that nobody ever wanted out in the public domain. But, although journalists are all for transparency in governmental matters, are they for transparency in their own career? Should the pubic be able to comment on and question journalists?

This boils back down to interactivity. Is it ever a good idea to allow readers to challenge journalists, when for so long it has been the case that journalists are largely trustworthy.

In the article ‘The Trouble with Transparency’, David Allen says that ‘Transparency…has at least two functions: it is an important part of the discovery of social truth, but it is also a way to gain access to the truth about the manufacturing of news. For journalists, it functions as a system of accountability and as a way of increasing legitimacy with citizens…’. I agree with both of these functions, I feel that through the transparency of journalism, only good can come of it. Why shouldn’t a journalist have to stand over their work and defend in in a public sphere like the internet?

Article: [Can be accessed through the DCU Library]


May 1, 2010

The new rage so it seems, live blogging has truely taken off. But what is it?

We all know about Twitter, 140 characters, say what you can fit style micro blog. But a live blog is a more up to date, up to the minute account of an event, whether it be a press conference, a sporting event or even just a television show. It is everywhere, and everyone seems to want to be involved in keeping people bang up to date in what’s gping on.

Shane Hegarty from the Irish Times wrote an article about his experience of Ryan Tubridy’s first Late Late Show via live blog. He says:

‘It sounds a bit pathetic, but there was no better way to watch the first Late Late Show of the season than through Twitter. It was like watching the Late Late with a large crowd of people, but, instead of being drowned out by the din, each had an equal voice. Even as you watched, with the telly flickering and the netbook or phone balancing on your belly, and your eyes doing a Marty Feldman so as to watch both at the same time, it was clear that Twitter added something special. It brought honesty, gut reactions, a lot of intelligence and some great jokes.’

In Hegarty’s opinion, there is room for live blogging, as he seems to think that it enhances an experience, in this case, the first of Tubridy’s Late Late Shows! I would agree with this, as I have followed a few live blogs myself, such as DCUfm and the College Views following of the DCU Students Union elections, and have found them to be very helpful. If the future is with live blogging, then I am in favour of it.