Thursday, September 02, 2010

AP changes credit, attribution guidelines to include bloggers

I haven't forgotten the first time a major news organization ripped off original content from one of my blogs without attribution, and I got no response when I complained about it. (I'm looking at you, New York Times.) So I was delighted to see that The Associated Press announced this week new guidelines for credit and attribution that include bloggers.  From the announcement:

The policy addresses two kinds of situations:

-- Attributing to other organizations information that we haven’t independently reported.
-- Giving credit to another organization that broke a story first, even when we match it -- or advance it -- through our own reporting.
The announcement spells both new policies out in more detail as well as a Q&A.  You know what my next question is:  Even if you're not a news organization, will you be crediting bloggers when you quote from their work? Are you doing that already?  Would you point a reporter to a blog as a source of information on your topic?  And does this change whether you'll credential bloggers as press?

Check out don't get caught on Facebook, where I'm floating ideas and discussing them before they appear on the blog.  It's shaping up as a great networking community for communicators.

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