İnternet gazeteciliğinde hipermetinsellik: Türkiye örneği
The Internet is one of the primary tools in the production and dissemination of information. Due to the rapid developments in ICT, journalism has become one of those affected fields by the proliferation of online tools. Manifestly, three main qualities –multimedia, interaction and hypertextuality– distinguish online newspapers from conventional media sources. This study focuses on the concept of hypertextuality, as a distinctive characteristic of the new media. It concentrates on the transformation that this feature creates within the practices of online journalism, and such transformation is called into question through an interdisciplinary perspective and a multi-methodological approach. As a new textual form that enables connections between diverse media contents and various online platforms via tags and links, hypertextuality varies from one source to another, and as such, this study compares the use of hypertexts on different Turkish news websites. Additionally, the transformative impact of hypertextuality on the working conditions of journalists, on the text, and on the users is discussed through the results of the in-depth interviews held with those who work in the field. The research concludes that online newspapers prepare the news with a limited number of multimedia elements, and that they act reluctantly in providing external links due to the competitive media environment. It's also observed that there're striking differences among different types of news websites in terms of their creation of hypertext policies. Apparently, information, now easily distributed via links and tags, brings about new and universal ethical problems, by triggering the pressurising requirement for promptness.