About Blogging – and Journalism

There is a very interesting article over at the Columbia Journalism Review about how U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was misquoted, and the diversity of reactions by the various media outlets (including old school and new school) that had to correct their words.

What makes this even more interesting is the article by Mike Masnick over at TechDirt: he views blogging as a conversation between the blogger and the readers. This caught my attention, since I have a strong interest in journalism in general, including blogging.

I’ve often thought about this – correcting articles – and what the style of my corrections should be. Unlike Mike in his article, I view this endeavor (and others like it) as a form of journalism: thus, small edits will crop up in my articles from time to time. Large edits (or additions) warrant an appropriate journalistic notification: I use the word “Update” (in bold) to expand an already written article.

To me, the conversation is about the article and takes place in the comments – which conversation has proven valuable more than once. I view each article as a journalistic piece and try to fix any errors as they show up without a lot of fuss (except for giving thanks to whoever might have pointed an error out).

Blogging and the law

Turns out there is a lot of things to watch out for!

I recently read this blog post on Steve Tobak’s blog “Train Wreck” over at CNet. Turns out there is a lot of legal liability (ouch) that can arise from posting. A most interesting source of information is the Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s Bloggers page (with a Legal Handbook to boot).

Reporters without Borders has a handbook, too: Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents.  (Their entry page also has links to other languages as well – this international organization is actually French).

If you value digital rights, I’d recommend a donation or two to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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