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The story comment dialogue continues!

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If you’re looking for more on story comments and what others are doing then you should read Poynter’s Mallary Jean Tenore’s post — some of it’s here:

In recent weeks, some journalists have argued that news sites should stop allowing anonymous comments. They’re an “invitation to mischief,” Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz wrote after the paper unmasked a judge who had been posting comments anonymously on Cleveland.com. The Batavian’s Howard Owens, meanwhile, said news sites that allow them are creating a “grievous ethical blunder.”

But as others have argued, the key to creating a healthier dialogue in comments sections might be less about whether news sites allow anonymous comments and more about how they moderate them.

Some news outlets, such as The Huffington Post, The Economist and The Sacramento Press, have tapped into technology, their staff and their audiences to help foster a better dialogue in the comments sections on their sites. Read on to find out what they’re doing and what you can learn from them.

Read the rest of How News Orgs Are Turning to Staff, Technology & Users to Improve Comments here

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Written by Jon Cooper

May 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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