This study focuses on the online coverage of American terrorist Timothy McVeigh's execution on the websites of the top 15 print newspapers cited by Columbia Journalism Review as the "Best American Newspapers." Using content analysis, the study compares the 15 newspapers' websites by measuring the number, destination, and characteristics of hyperlinks that accompany these stories. The results suggest that online newspapers use hyperlinks as a gatekeeping device because they are unlikely to offer external hyperlinks. The study also shows that online newspapers are not taking advantage of multimedia and interactivity on the Web.
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