Credit where credit's due

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Interesting entry in the blog:

Anders Jacobsen’s blog: Journalist = bad blogger?

In essence, the blogger submitted some information to a journalist, but was uncredited in the article that was published. He asks the question:

Do “real” journalists have less netiquette than webloggers, or is this just business as usual?

The answers in the comments are depressingly predictable and clueless.

The answer is, of course, it depends on the journalist, the editor he’s writing for and the publication’s style. Anders bemoans the lack of a link back to him: it could be that providing external links is against the publication’s policy. He mentions the lack of credit: often, while researching a story, journalists are bombarded with the same information again and again. In the end, only those who were directly quoted in the story are generally credited. Otherwise, the whole feature would be nothing but a long name-check.

Anders at least asks the question. His commenters show the typically depressing blogger mindset of treating us journalists like a monolithic social block that all behave the same way. Yet if any journalist should dare to describe bloggers in the same way, all hell breaks loose…


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.