Tuesday, July 19, 2005

What's good for the goose: CJR Daily

Samantha Henig of CJR Daily, the Columbia Journalism Review's blog, writes a take-down of a "citizen journalism" site profiled by The Washington Post.

One complaint she has with the site is sloppy attribution. By way of example she cites four articles whose bylines clearly state the author's name but leave it unclear which high school the author attends. (In three cases the byline reads "Beau Baumbach, Davenport North," while in one case the byline is "Beau Baumbach, Davenport Central.") Hardly a fatal error. Indeed, a trivial error when compared with, say, leaving Victor Navasky's name off your publication's masthead when he is in fact running the publication, and only fixing it when exposed by one of those pesky citizen journalist bloggers. But then, the Navasky affair wasn't important enough for even a single mention on CJR Daily. (For background on CJR/Navasky, see here, here and here.)

Later, Henig critiques the site's under-use of hyperlinks, which she describes as
something so basic that even stodgy news sites have it down.
Fair enough. But if you're going to use sarcasm in critiquing others' use of hyperlinks, then you better get the links right in your own article. Here I quote Henig's article directly, broken hyperlink and all:
The article focuses on the Web site Your Mom....
Here is the correct link to the site Your Mom, which Henig so disparages.

Update: The broken link in Henig's article has now been fixed.