AP to cite “pajama-wearing bloggers”

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I am sitting in my pajamas, working on getting my syllabii together, and being connected. This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. We live in an age of information. There is so much information, we not only can share it, but we can make money from analyzing it, creating organizational bundles of information for others who don’t have time or expertise to sort through the over-abundance of information. We can report on that information, whether we’re in pajamas or not. Oh, we get paid to this, too. And just to add a bit more snark, we need no stinkin badges or authorizations to do so.

That’s why this week’s AP policy statement on attribution was so interesting. “In the age of the Web, the sourcing and reliability of information has become ever more crucial. So it is more important than ever that we be consistent and transparent in our handling of information that originated elsewhere than our own reporting,” it began. “We should provide attribution whether the other organization is a newspaper, website, broadcaster or blog; whether or not it’s US based; and whether or not it’s an AP member or subscriber.”

Blogs! “Those who work in their pajamas” will be recognized when one of their stories bubbles up into the national media—something that happens with amazing frequency, and that often goes uncredited.

via AP: Yeah, we’d better cite pajama-wearing bloggers, too.

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