Reporter Questions Why The NY Times Erased All His Work For The International Herald Tribune

from the this-is-a-good-question dept

Back at the end of March, we were surprised that the NY Times, in consolidating its regular site with the site of the International Herald Tribune (which it owned) had broken all the links to IHT.com. Rather than taking them to the article in question on the NY Times site, it simply took them to a landing page. This was just a bad idea all around. It appears that a former reporter for IHT, Thomas Crampton, discovered this over the weekend and has brought renewed attention to the issue by issuing an open letter to the NY Times asking why it "deleted" his career -- in that all of his early work that appeared in the IHT is now gone (some, but not all, of it remains in the NY Times). Additionally, he pointed out that this is also causing problems for Wikipedia, notably with any article that relied on evidence from an IHT article. While we've seen others erase old articles as well (and the Associated Press is famous for forcing all its partners to take down AP articles after just a short time period), it still is amazing in this day and age that anyone thinks it's a good idea to break links to news stories -- especially when the value of archives found via search engines is so high.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2009 @ 3:15pm

    Re: New Papers -- Yeash

    I agree. At first, when I heard a conservative radio talk show host (not Rush Limbaugh) foaming at the mouth about how significant newspapers were, I laughed it off, but later thought about it more. I realized that he was right.

    Once the newspaper is printed and delivered to a subscriber's doorstep, that news cannot later be erased. It exists, both in print and in the stored archives of the newspaper. A communist government, a powerful individual or a corporation, could very well have reason to delete or alter the content of electronic news sources.

    Now, I should identify myself as the ultimate hypocrite when it comes to the enduring value of printed newspapers. I haven't subscribed to a printed newspaper in years, and I probably never will go back. However, I am slowly beginning to understand what these old cranks are yelling about when they're talking about the significance of the (hopefully) unbiased print newspapers that serve a local community or a specific region of the country.

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