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Staying in or Going out?: Assessing the linking practices of Swedish online newspapers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2013 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, Vol. 7, no 6, 738-754 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As journalism has moved from offline to online, a multitude of studies have gauged how media practitioners have employed the features made available by the internet. One such area of study has been the uses of hyperlinks. This study attempts to move beyond the technological or descriptive accounts often found when dealing with how journalists use links, by presenting an analysis of what aspects pertaining to newspaper website operation appear to have influence over journalistic use of different types of hyperlinks. The focus is placed on Sweden, a country which could be seen as a “hotbed” for innovative practices, given its consistently high scores for newspaper readership and internet use. Specifically, statistical analyses are employed on 3869 links gathered from Swedish online newspapers across a six-month period. Results indicate that while few external links are used, reaching outside the online realm of the specific newspaper, these particular links are almost exclusively found embedded in the journalistic text. Links leading to internal sources are more abundant, especially in the automatically generated thematically based sidebars often found in conjunction with online news items. Results also indicate slight differences regarding linking practices between tabloids and broadsheets, and between news of different origin. In closing, the paper suggests that while linking practices have certainly evolved during the short history of online journalism, we are mostly seeing what could be labeled an automated approach to employing hyperlinks.

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2013. Vol. 7, no 6, 738-754 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187363DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2012.748514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187363DiVA: diva2:574523
Available from: 2012-12-05 Created: 2012-12-05 Last updated: 2014-01-20Bibliographically approved

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