The art of linking can be incorporated into almost any reporting, editing or multimedia journalism class. Here are some ways it is being done:
- Jim Stovall of the University of Tennessee, who coordinates beginning reporting and writing courses, gives students a story and asks them to find links that would “give the reader a richer experience.” They also learn a little HTML coding with this exercise.
- Mark Johnson at the University of Georgia teaches students to create roundups of news links in an experimental learning laboratory, The Grady Journal. They link to interesting stories about their community from other sources.
- Serena Carpenter of Arizona State University teaches students to create meaningful links in her online media class. Students create blogs on niche topics. Creating links helps them cultivate community by linking to other bloggers on similar topics.
- Henry Fuhrmann, assistant managing editor at the LA Times, said he often tells reporters and editors to look at how their peers are using links effectively. The best way to teach, he said is often peer to peer. Two examples he cited are columns written by Michael Hiltzik and a series on one facet of the used car business.
- Another journalism school technique requires students to look at online news stories and evaluate whether the links are useful.
Other helpful resources for teaching linking:
Information compiled by associate professor Sue Burzynski Bullard.