Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The paper of record says "maybe not"

Forget clippings. Who's going to save the many versions and corrections of the fast-moving digital news stories on newspaper websites? Apparently, not the New York Times, according to remarks its new editor gave to the paper's public editor.

Public editor Arthur Brisbane describes the  issues that result in the wake of changes and corrections: "It’s problematic when content just disappears. It can also be problematic in a different way when content changes more subtly as a story evolves through the course of the addition to changes that vaporize information and leave people wondering, there are occasions when corrections are likewise vaporized and therefore go unacknowledged in the often-ephemeral digital domain." He offers examples of each situation, and then adds:
Right now, tracking changes is not a priority at The Times. As Ms. Abramson told me, it’s unrealistic to preserve an “immutable, permanent record of everything we have done."
Word to the wise, communicators: You may want to track fast-moving stories with screen grabs if the versions are important to you. Do you agree with the public editor that changes, corrections and outright replacements of stories should be tracked transparently?

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