The editor says that they don't link out, because they don't and forgot why they don't (though they do have inactive links to sources).
My position is that active links
- are simply easier to use
- correspond with the free sharing spirit of the Web
- are a sign of respect towards sources, newsmakers, companies, etc.
Another point concerns linking to their own material, but it's another topic.
The main questions are: should a reputable, editorial news site/newspaper:
- always place active links to sources
- link to companies, people, bloggers
- other [news] articles on the topic, which shed more or different light on the topic
- news/articles that pose an opposing point of view?
While it'd be interestng to learn different hues opinion on the matter (though I suspect, I know EGOL's already ), I'd really appreciate you mentioning news or newspaper sites that do link out actively and which, maybe, have published guidelines on linking out. I only know SEL/Daggle.com, but maybe you do know a few more? Sites with news, not standalone bloggers (Danny is an exception, because he's a chief editor/journalist ).
I ask, because I've been given an example of a Spiegel article, which only links to two of its own articles, and I can't argue that Spiegel isn't a trusted publication
Edited by A.N.Onym, 30 November 2011 - 02:49 AM.