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Un-Linked In

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Before recently, I had a pretty low opinion of linking.

When I perused a web site with a lot of links in its posts or stories, I figured their writers didn’t have enough command over what they were discussing to tell a complete story on one page.

I also found the changing color of the text distracting, no matter how infrequent. It just looked bad.

Worst of all, in my opinion, were links that sent the reader to a completely different site. I came to that specific site to learn more about something in one swift segment, as the Internet encourages, and not to go on a wild goose chase.

But that was before I really started to brainstorm to see how I could use linking in my own stories.

Generally, the only time a link is used on the Alligator’s sports site is when a “.com” is mentioned in an article, looking something like this:

It’s a rather bland way to go about linking and only serves as a convenience to get the reader to the main page. There’s no specific interest in that part of site for typical Gators fans. They want to read about just UF sports, so why not send them to the stories or parts of that pertain solely to it?

Jonathan Stray’s take on linear vs. non-linear storytelling adds another dimension to how I could use linking and it begins with cutting and re-writing for online.

Every so often in print, I have to waste inches on backstory from an earlier article for those readers who may not be keeping up with the team or have seen an earlier story. On the Alligator site then, there are two and sometimes three stories that say the same thing.

In the non-linear mold, I could just cut the old stuff from my new story each week and provide a link to my previous work.

This is the only method I can use to link my stories, though. I’m not sure at this point if there’s any way I be willing to send a reader to competing site that offers the same information as the Alligator does.

We don’t offer our football or recruiting rankings, so linking to a well-respected site that does, like Rivals, makes sense.


Google Search Assignment:

Marissa Lyons, 21


  • Journalism senior, University of Florida
  • Class of 2008, Palm Harbor University High School

Hobbies and Interests

  • Involved in classical ballet dancing since she was eight years old
    • Studied at Florida Ballet School, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, among other companies
  • Active in her sorority, Sigma Kappa
  • Has traveled to at least six different countries

Professional Experience

  • Member of the Journalism and Communications Ambassadors
  • Also helps edit fellow students’ stories in the Communications Coaching Center
  • This last summer she was an intern at UF’s Health Science Center Office of News and Communications

*All of this information was fairly easy to search. Marissa has a very open online presence that includes her personal ufl site, which was the very first search result I found on Google.

Amber Thibodoux, 28 maybe


  • Journalism senior, University of Florida
  • Sante Fe Community College, 2001-2005

Hobbies and Interests

  • Was or still is a bartender
  • New Orleans Saints fan

*The only information online I could find out about Amber was her email address on the ISIS site, her recently made Quora and Google+ accounts and finally a Myspace profile that she hasn’t logged in to for about two years.

While Marissa’s personal site and Facebook gave out a lot of information that was easy to find, Amber has a much lower public presence on the web.



Written by jboothe

February 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This is good, but does not give me a sense of ALL the readings and the issues they raised.
    Also, re search, I was also interested in how you narrowed your search.

    Ronald R. Rodgers

    February 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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