Be careful what you blog

June 17, 2009

This might seem like a piece of common sense advice, but given the revelations around police blogger Nightjack, blogging looks set to suffer – or at least, the anonymous bloggers out there will certainly be thinking twice before posting from today.

Got me wondering about blogging in general: if you’re passing on sensitive information, the blog needs to retain all the key elements of a good journalistic piece – integrity, balance, appropriate tone and a healthy protection of sources.

Then again, most bloggers do not need to be mindful of such things – the content is not likely to bring a lawsuit or recriminations. That’s not to say that a good blogger shouldn’t be mindful of the simple fact they are publishing content, or promoting a message: and with this, comes responsibilities. There are lots of blogs out there, but only a few really good ones.

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