Linking gets more specific at the New York Times: link to an individual paragraph or sentence

Users can now link to and highlight individual sentences and paragraphs in stories on the New York Times site, notes TNW Media:

“While it could be a tad complicated for an average reader, it’s a great tool for writers and bloggers who frequently link to NYTimes stories.
To simplify things, if you hit your shift key twice on a Times story, small icons appear next to every paragraph. Click on one of them and it’ll place the paragraph linked URL up in the address bar of your browser.

Using the Times’ new hyperlinking system might mean a little more work for the linker, but I like how it adds a new layer of specificity and clarify to a linked post. And it is definitely cool to see that the hyperlink is still evolving.”

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NY Times To Launch Local Blogging Initiative (Brownstoner)

NY Times gets into local blogs, it seems, with help from journalism students:

"Look out, local bloggers, the Gray Lady is moving in on your turf. Starting mid-day on Monday, The New York Times will be rolling out a neighborhood blog initiative.[…]

Each site will be helmed by a writer/editor from the paper, a Times official told us, but will draw upon contributors from the neighborhood as well as some free labor from the CUNY journalism program. Readers will be able to post everything from short films to wedding announcements…"

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Poynter Online – New York Times' Policy on Facebook and Other Social Networking Sites

NYT takes a cautious line on the potential risks:

"Be careful not to write anything on a blog or a personal Web page that you could not write in The Times — don't editorialize, for instance, if you work for the News Department.

Anything you post online can and might be publicly disseminated, and can be twisted to be used against you by those who wish you or The Times ill — whether it's text, photographs, or video. That includes things you recommend on TimesPeople or articles you post to Facebook and Digg, content you share with friends on MySpace, and articles you recommend through TimesPeople. It can also include things posted by outside parties to your Facebook page, so keep an eye on what appears there.

Just remember that we are always under scrutiny by magnifying glass and that the possibilities of digital distortion are virtually unlimited, so always ask yourself, could this be deliberately misconstrued or misunderstood by somebody who wants to make me look bad?"

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Need for sustainable developers-slash-journalists « Computing for Sustainability

A take on the Journalist-Programmer discussion from a computing prof at Otago (NZ):

"There’s no way a bit of database understanding will produce journalists capable of the development on the Times site (Casualties of War for example).   However, it is probably equally “no way” that a bit of journalism bolted on to a Computer Science degree will produce the depth of understanding and craft of a journalist."

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Times and Tribune have biggest reach on Twitter

New York Times and Chicago Tribune head the list of most-followed newspaper accounts.

"Erica Smith’s impressive list of newspapers that use Twitter includes an snapshot of the most followed newspaper accounts. Running that list through the newish twInfluence site shows that organizations can reach a large number of Twitterers even with a small number of followers."

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NeuroLogica Blog: Dowsing for Journalists

Do journalists have a responsibility to educate people about science? Clearly they do, says Steven Novella, writing about a New York Times feature about dowsing:

“[E]very now and then I run across a piece of journalism at a major outlet that is so horrific I have to comment.

Yesterday in the New York Times, Jesse McKinley published a terrible piece about dowsing that was virtually devoid of any useful information. […]
McKinley missed the real story here. He could have taught his readers about the need for controlled observations, the potential for self-deception, and the nature of the ideomotor effect. […]
…any such story, even if the topic itself is not consequential, is an opportunity to either educate the public about science and critical thinking or to confuse them. It doesn’t really matter what the topic is if the reader walks away less critical and more confused about science in general.”

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