Ethics in political blogging?
Over at BlueOregon, co-founder Jeff Alworth has outlined some ethical rules for political blogging - well, for BlueOregon anyway.
I'm also a co-founder of that site, and our third - Jesse Cornett - works as a political staffer and ran for the Oregon State Senate this spring. So, we decided it was time for some ground rules. They're broad, and they're malleable, but they seem flexible enough to fit most situations.
Key points in there:
* When we have an affiliation, we say so.
* Our writers are not anonymous. (Though our commenters often are.)
* BlueOregon is a commons. We're very comfortable limiting the participation of specific individuals whose behavior hurts the participation of everyone else.
Political blogging is an evolving thing, but that doesn't mean it has to be the Wild West. Go ahead, steal our guidelines for your blog. It's all good.
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