• Journal Article

Jurisdictional protectionism in online news: American journalists and their perceptions of hyperlinks

Citation

Chang, T. K., Southwell, B., Lee, H. M., & Hong, Y. J. (2012). Jurisdictional protectionism in online news: American journalists and their perceptions of hyperlinks. New Media & Society, 14(4), 684-700. DOI: 10.1177/1461444811422888

Abstract

Because of their widespread use on the internet, hyperlinks have become a useful tool in information sharing and knowledge distribution in online communication, particularly in the realm of journalism. Their importance has received little scholarly attention, however. Against the backdrop of the sociology of professions, the purpose of this study is to determine how journalists approach hyperlinks and what they perceive to be their functions in online news. A national survey of newspaper editors and TV news directors in the United States shows that American journalists exhibit a sense of jurisdictional protectionism in online news. They appear to privilege US hyperlinks over foreign ones, especially internal links to their own websites. They are also predominantly against linking to foreign news media that cover the same events or issues. Financial consideration seems to be the main reason behind the journalistic preference