What Is the Ethic of the Link?

Note for #J361 Winter 2010: I posted this originally Oct. 7, 2009. Here’s the post about the ethic of the link. Follow Jay Rosen on Twitter, and you should also follow Daniel Bachhuber, whose “ethic of the link” presentation to the fall #J361 is here. (Comment on that post, thoughtfully and with links? Extra credit on next week’s current events quiz.)

I said this morning on Twitter that I’d post a bit about the link economy and how writing on the web involves linking to as many other sources as possible — and, of course, ALWAYS crediting your original source. Different publications have different ethics on this, which is part of what NYU J-prof Jay Rosen says in this snippet of a talk he gave last year. Rosen is active on Twitter (@jayrosen_NYU) and often engages with young journalists from around the country. (That’s a rather unsubtle hint to you guys. Also, check out his blog, which is, as he also says himself at the end of the video, full of information.)

About Suzi Steffen

Suzi Steffen teaches, writes, edits, reviews and rides (her adult tricycle named Momo) in Eugene, Oregon. For many years, she taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. As of fall 2015, she's teaching at Linn-Benton Community College, and as of fall 2017, she's also teaching at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State. Suzi edited Lane Monthly and works as an arts journalist across the state and country. You can find her at jprofsuzi on Twitter or email her at jprofsuzi at gmail dot com.
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2 Responses to What Is the Ethic of the Link?

  1. I was totally going to show that at the beginning of my presentation tomorrow. Drat. 🙂

  2. reporting1blog says:

    Oh, hilarious. Well, I don’t know who’s looked at it, so I think you’re good. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to hear it again.

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