We write a lot about linking especially when it comes to persuading readers to take action.
There are a lot of objections to linking, especially linking off the website. The web & the HT in HTML is all about links.
I won’t go there today.
This blog post about New York Times columnist Frank Rich titled “Frank Rich: Why I Link” is worth reading.
Why has Rich embraced linking when his peers have not? “The theory was: Why not be as transparent as possible by showing sources, when we could?” he told me recently.
That’s a philosophy followed by much of the rest of the Internet; it’s the very foundation of blogging. But most newspapers — including their top columnists — haven’t signed on. read more here…
I would like to see more journalists linking to their sources, providing background and generally acting like if they knew their work was going to appear online. What do you think?