I love #BBC News, on account of it being the least biased and most reliable. But a couple of trends are worrying me:
1. Experiments with clickbait headlines
2. Embedding tweets in articles as sources
The tweets bother me more, I think the Beeb will grow out of the clickbait stuff. But the tweets are so many bad things:
- lazy reporting
- web page bloat
- anti-privacy (I assume twitter cards are loaded to hell with trackers right)
- making Twitter seem like a public service
Not cool, Beeb
What happened to just plain old quoting other people's statements in an article?
Journalists should understand that linked and embedded content is not under their control and could change at any time on any (or all) of their reader's computer screens...
@cbowdon @charlag @stsp So I done bin' thinking' about this. How about a program to automate the gathering of plaintext/HTML news? Could point the program at a few 'trusted' sources (which could change over time), and maybe select what content to archive by some 'meta metric' (ie read count T hours after posting, etc.) Could be useful both for historical reference and a daily news feed - but do we need it when we have Wikipedia, Archive.org, etc?
One of the nice things about BBC news was the way it kept up articles from at least as far back as the early 2000s. But I strongly doubt current multimedia/tweet-heavy articles will survive 18 years.