Friday, April 19, 2013

Bad Journalism: SEO Tricks And Tabloid Hysteria

In recent disasters, we can almost predict that if you do not have any valid press pass, that your future journalistic articles will rank lower than all science articles. That gets quite low. It will not matter what SEO tricks you use.

The +Los Angeles Times wrote:
In the online story, the pair’s faces had big red circles around them. Yes, sort of like targets. Turns out, the young men had nothing to do with the blasts. Boston bombing: Bad journalism fuels terrorism hysteria
From the original tapes released, I could not tell who was who until someone posted the lined-in version of where was everyone's attention by the direction of their eyes. Before the tapes were released, I read, from The Sacramento Bee, that one camera at Lord & Taylor captured an imaged on said black bag dropped into the trash can. 

I read enough details from different news sources that when they did not agree anymore that I felt insecure about journalists. I think many of them out there do an excellent job on whatever details they can print. There are those that I question if they even qualify for their press pass or even ever had one. Forensic journalism never existed, so we know there are limits in their written details. That make said "journalistic restraint" obvious when we further do science, piece the bits together, from all these journals available.

We have computers that help us now sort through scientific articles. We have search engines that find such articles relevant to search terms. Often enough, people used SEO, search engine optimization, tricks that rank their links higher than more relevant links.
The application evaluates the text from thousands of papers and assigns a relevancy score to each document. "The score ranks the set of articles to help separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak," Wiegers says. New algorithm helps evaluate, rank scientific literature -- e! Science News
If we add those scores, like that, to many journalistic articles, we already know how it does change their article rank in search results. We are this much closer with recent research on more relevant results. By that research, expect that the cruft of journalistic articles will place lower than all science articles, as processed science articles will show well researched, verified, and already processed content relevant to such search algorithms. Where articles already computed, these added scores are no prediction to their effect on search results.