What is the meaning of a news link?

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Presented at the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Dublin, Ireland June 2013

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What is the meaning of a news link?

  1. 1. What is the meaning of a news link? David Ryfe and Donica Mensing University of Nevada, Reno Prepared for presentation at IAMCR, Dublin, June 2013
  2. 2. Network analysis of the San Francisco Bay area news network
  3. 3. Community or colony: The case of online newspapers and the web. Riley et al 1999 Building frames link by link: The linking practices of blogs and news sites. Coddington, 2012 The international network structure of news media: An analysis of hyperlinks usage on news web sites. Himelboim 2010 The journalistic hyperlink. DeMaeyer 2010
  4. 4. In understanding what a hyperlink means, we need to look at what a hyperlink does. Halavais (2008)
  5. 5. Who is linking to what, where, when, and to what purpose.
  6. 6. Who Algorithm Staff (other than reporter) Reporter User What News Section News Story Web Page (general) Data Video / Photo Government Document Academic Report Blog Post Social Media Content User Comment A taxonomy of news links
  7. 7. Where Onsite Template section Story Post Social Media Platform Aggregation Tool Offsite Template section Story Post Social Media Platform Aggregation Tool When Permanent Weekly Daily Less Than Daily A taxonomy of news links (continued)
  8. 8. Help users find content Navigational Enhance credibility of news Citational Allow users to share content Social Generate revenue Commercial To what purpose
  9. 9. Most links are navigational
  10. 10. Most social links are outsourced
  11. 11. Front pages no longer constructed by editors
  12. 12. Personalization of links and content
  13. 13. Links are a form of power
  14. 14. Donica Mensing @donica dmensing@unr.edu Academia.edu / Slideshare David Ryfe @dryfe dryfe@unr.edu

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